Representing Professional Actors and Print Talent in the Southeast

Headshot Info

Requirements for Headshots
  • Commercial shot: a happy conservative look is used for commercials, print and industrials.
  • Theatrical shot: an interesting, often sly look is used for film and television.
  • NOTE * If only going with one look, use a “middle of the road” look.
  • Headshots must be in color
  • Portrait (vertical) orientation is preferred over landscape (horizontal) orientation
  • Females over age 13 should use a make-up artist
  • No jewelry, except small stud earrings
  • Wear a solid shirt or sweater; no turtlenecks, logos, stripes, or prints
  • Females must show length of hair; do not hide hair down your back
  • Do not cut off top of head; we must see your whole head
  • Pick interesting background lighting, not just a solid wall
  • Background should be slightly out of focus; can be outside or inside shot
  • No shadows on the face at all
  • No gums showing; practice in mirror if this is a habit for you
  • Take some headshots with teeth showing and some without
  • If you wear glasses and do not have contacts, you must wear your glasses in headshot
Photographers for Headshots

South Carolina


New York

North Carolina

Tennessee (Nashville)


Los Angeles

Mass Production of Headshots You will only need to get your primary theatrical headshot reproduced. We can submit your other headshots electronically. You should order at least 100 copies and send 10 to the office with your resume neatly stapled to the back. Keep the remainder with you when you go on auditions. 
Headshots can be reproduced on photograph or lithograph paper. The choice is yours, although lithograph is often less expensive. We recommend you order your headshots in a matte finish. Why matte? Because most casting studios are indoors and use tungsten light, which makes it harder to look at glossy pictures. We also recommend portrait (vertical) orientation of your headshots. Most Casting Directors prefer portrait over landscape orientation as well. Headshots with borders are most common. However headshots without borders (called “full bleed”) are acceptable.