If you want to be an actor, I think its fair to say you should have the ability to Act, but one thing most actors forget and don't realise the importance of is the value of a good headshot.
Everybody knows how different they can look in different pictures and with filters like Snapchats; they show the effect of editing on a shot.
Professional headshots provide not only an impressive version of the said actor, but they also have the ability to show the actor in different looks that suit particular characters. This is super beneficial when it comes to the casting process, think about it, how much better would it be to send across to a casting director, a stern looking shot for the role of the sinister doctor, or a happy attractive shot for the aspirational personal trainer role.
Always make sure your head shot is a reflection of you, not over airbrushed and not too heavy on the make-up. You should regularly have headshots taken to make sure it is up-to-date and a true reflection of you, if you change your look change your headshot.
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If you would like to update your headshots, IPM offer professional and affordable packages, contact the office today to book a session on 01132443222 or 07890387758.
To book your photography session with IPM Photography on Saturday August 13th, call the IPM Team on 0113 244 3222.
We at IPM are supporters of equal rights for everyone, and we believe that the arts should be a place where we can all have our voice heard.
In 2015 the figure for women in the arts had risen by 6% since 2002; a historical high. So to celebrate this achievement, here just some of the brilliant women in film and television who have helped pave the road to equality.
Actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel made history, and became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her supporting role as Mammy in 'Gone With the Wind.'
A comedian, television host, actor, writer and producer, Ellen Degeneres has been an outspoken LGBTQ and women’s rights activist who has consistently used her public platform to highlight inequality.
Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has been an icon for humanitarianism. She first become aware of the extent of the problems people around the world face when she filmed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia in 2001, and since been using her status to fight the war for peace.
Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history, picking up the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the tender age of 10 for her role as strong-willed tomboy Addie in Paper Moon (1973).
Actress Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, made history as the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy in an acting role. She is at the forefront of the transgender movement, and noted as a 'hero' in the LGBTQ community.
English Actress Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, has often been outspoken about issues with 'body shaming' and injustice within the entertainment business. In August 2013, Mirren was announced as one of several new models for Marks and Spencer's 'Womanism' campaign. She also testified before Congress on the importance of a new act that seeks to provide victims of the Holocaust and their families legal means so they can recover works of art looted by the Nazis.
Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win Best Director at the Oscars, the Baftas and the DGA Awards in 2010 and has changed
Heralded by fans and peers for her reverberant voice in Hollywood, Jennifer has often been an influence to a younger audience, particularly when it comes to equal pay and body image.
“I’m a woman that’s living in this world of everybody telling everyone how they should look and what they should be eating and how people can lose this much weight this fast, and it just kind of overwhelms our senses. If I could just make the tiniest bit of difference in getting rid of that because it is so annoying, I would love that.”
Actress Salma Hayek ('From Dusk Till Dawn', 1996) is a an outspoken advocate on the issues of sexism in film and television. She has spoken about the idea of the current Hollywood paradigm in which leading men have contractual approval over their female co-stars, and can often call for script changes to make the female lead be more passive. '"Most of the big stars in their contracts have approval of their leading ladies," she said. "The fact that he gets a say in who he gets to kiss I find is very sexist. … And they do not like it when the female character is strong."
Whoopi Goldberg ('Sister Act', 1992) has won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony award, and in the 1990s was momentarily the highest-paid black actress in Hollywood history.
Charlize Theron has used her platform to highlight the importance of feminism in the film industry.
Calling it a “social issue”, she suggests the problems lie in society, as producers will only make movies for films that people want to see. She thinks that there needs to be a societal shift to pave the way for more female-driven movies being made. Charlize has played the female lead in films such as 'Mad Max' (2015).
These women are just a small handful who have used their voice and their platform to make a difference in the industry. Whether it's issues on equal pay, sexism, racism or body image, these are all stigmas that will affect everyone at some point in their lives, and it's important that we all use our voices to create a better and more equal world.
There has been some amazing and inspiring progress over the last 100 years and we want to hear from you, so tweet us at IPM with people in film and TV who have influenced you.
Be more proactive, change your attitude from ‘I’m going to make it’ to ‘this is how I’m going to make it’. Take baby steps, start by just updating your pictures to make them look more professional and then start getting yourself out there, go and meet people, live your life, socialise with other artists whether they be students, filmmakers, painters or other actors, inspire and become inspired by the people you surround yourself with.
Audition for student films, audition for independent films put yourself out there and gain as much experience as you can, it might not seem like it at the time but you’ll benefit and take something away from every new situation you face. Nobody goes into a creative career because they want to be stuck in a 9-5 desk job, they do it to express themselves and work with others; Collaborate, communicate and eventually the results you seek will come.
There are many well known artistes who got their starts in independent films (here are just a few):
1. Matthew Mcconaghey – Dazed and Confused (1993)
Before he won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role, Matthew Mcconaghey made his film debut as stoner David Wooderson in Richard Linklater's 1993 film Dazed and Confused.
2. Amy Adams - Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Amy Adam's made her debut in the 1999 hit Drop Dead Gorgeous as cheerleader Leslie Miller
3. Owen Wilson - Bottle Rocket (1994)
Owen Wilson made his debut in both the short and feature versions of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket.
4. Jessica Chastain - Jolene (2008)
After several walk on roles on American TV, Jessica Chastain made her feature film debut as E.L Doctorows Jolene.
5. Ewan McGregor - Shallow Grave (1994)
One of the most recognisable Scot's on the planet, Obi Wan Kenobi himself started his film career as the character of Alex Law in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave.