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Your headshot questions answered

Published: December 30, 2010, on Blog

I’ve created this space for you to ask any and all questions you may have on the subject of headshots.

Don’t be shy about inquiring or commenting on any subject regarding getting a good headshot.  Remember:  “The only stupid question is the one that you don’t ask.”

A lot of answers can be found on my FAQ page, but I’d like to start of the discussion on the topic of tattoos– whether or not to get them.  Here is my personal recommendation…

While getting tattoos is a highly personal issue, I suggest you first understand that TATTOOS ARE PERMANENT.  They cannot ever be removed.  My client Angelina Jolie learned this the hard way when she attempted to remove the name “Billy Bob” from her right arm, only to discover that laser surgery cannot “erase” a tattoo, only replace it with an ugly scar.  Her only other option was to “connect the dots” to make the name undecipherable.  The best rule of thumb is to keep tattoos relatively hidden from view or prepare to have them covered up with makeup or otherwise disguised if a casting director objects to seeing it.  Unlike extreme hair styles or wearing wardrobe that will soon become outdated, tattoos are forever.  Be very sure that this is what you want to do before making your final decision.


  1. Martin Bentsen says:

    I have a question… What is it that can really bring out a good headshot? Is it confidence shown in the actor? I know that there is a difference between hiring someone like you and hiring Joe Schmo on Craigslist, but i don’t really understand what the true difference is in the quality of the photos. Thanks Robert!

  2. robert says:

    There is much more to getting a good headshot than just having a good camera.
    Confidence in an actor comes from his confidence in his photographer. If he has chosen wisely, the pictures will show it. If not, nothing the actor does will make much of a difference. All of the photos will suffer. All you have to do to see the difference is look at my “Before & After” photos.
    Going to a photographer you’ve found on Craigslist is not a very good idea. It’s like looking for a good brain surgeon in the same place– cheap, but foolhardy.

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