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What is the “LA” style of photography? Do you shoot “LA style” headshots?
I hear this questions a lot. People seem interested in the Los Angeles style of doing headshots because, after all, LA is the hub of film and tv in our industry. What works for headshots, audition techniques, and actor reels begins with the industry requirement in LA. Thing is, its not the people of LA who have changed the look of headshots in recent years… It’s the Internet.
Yep, the same virtual world that brought you Grumpy Cat also has websites like Actors Access, LA Casting, and Casting Workbook among (many) others and on those sites casting directors and producers now see your shots as tiny thumbnails. What does this mean? Cropping for headshots has gotten increasingly tight with a focus on the eyes and face, and with less room on the sides for background elements. The reason is simple: Your look and personality has to read on a thumbnail. Then, if the viewer is interested, they can click on said thumbnail to view your shot full screen. At Callback Headshots we have always focused on bringing out the actor’s personality through the eyes by making the session fun,
Daniella Watters is one of our very favourite Canadian singer/songwriters. We did her photos for Canadian Music Week about a year ago and were thrilled when she got in touch with us at Awkward Silence Productions about creating her next music video.
The video is still being worked on but for now you can check out some behind the the scenes stills in the gallery. In this video we wanted to give a nod to Daniella’s figure skating background – As a child she dreamed of growing up to be an Olympic figure skater dancing to her own songs, and with this video a very fun version of that dream gets to come true.
You can look for Daniella on stage both in Toronto and in LA and on the radio at Proud FM and CBC Radio where she has recently been selected as the featured artist of the week.
The photography in this gallery will be used to promote her upcoming singles leading to an eventual album release. We’re very excited for it and once you have a listen we think you will be as well.
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24th May 2014 By Dan
With faster connection speeds facilitating same day video uploads, self taping is an increasingly popular way to audition. It’s a different beast from auditioning in person: You don’t have the advantage of a Casting Director in the room giving you notes and adjustments BUT you are able to try out as many readings as you need to get your best take (and without the jitters that might come with all those people in the room!). Whether you’re doing self tapes on your own or with Callback Headshots, here are some tips on how you can make the Self Tape work for you.
This blog was written for the wonderful acting community of Actor’s Connective Toronto.
Be just as prepared for a self tape as you would be for an in person audition (this IS your audition): Being off book is a must. You should have done a script analysis before going to tape and have made choices for your character. Are you sitting? Standing? What is your wardrobe? What are your eye lines? Come prepared.
Make sure your reader understands the scene: We’ve all been to those auditions where the reader flatly stomps all over your pauses or gives you zero energy back… With self tapes we can prevent that happening. Make sure your