Hello, and welcome to my blog! My name’s Kit. I’m a headshot photographer and actor based in Los Angeles, California. I started this blog to share my thoughts on the industry because I’m constantly amazed at the lack of genuinely helpful information on the web. Everyone seems to have advice, sure, but very little of it comes from experience. I think this is because the entertainment industry is very compartmentalized and most people are only intimately familiar with the inner workings of their specialization (acting, casting, producing projects, representing actors, executing publicity campaigns, taking headshots, etc.) I am very lucky to have professional experience in many of these fields. By trade I am a photographer and an agency represented actor, but I have also worked in a top television production office. Recently, I have also started my own indie production company with many projects in the works. I have taken thousands of headshots and I have also been charged with the unenviable task of -sorting- thousands of headshots. I know what agents, managers and casting directors are looking for and I can help you avoid the mistakes that many actors make when they first start out.
To be a successful actor you must first realize that you are the CEO of your own company. You are also the product that your company sells and you need to be sure you are clearly communicating what makes you, the product, special. Like any start up company, you must also be willing to invest in your company. That’s where headshots, postcards and mailings to agents, managers and casting directors come in. In this blog I hope to address the following:
- How to tell what your “type” is
- How to effectively market yourself as an actor
- How to find a great headshot photographer
- How to prepare for your headshot photoshoot
- How to select the photos that best represent you
- How to put together an actor website
- How to submit yourself for projects
- How to put together an effective mailing
- What to do and say when you land a meeting
- How to get an agent or a manager
As well as any other questions that you might have. Check back every Monday for updates and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below! You can find more about me and my work at http://www.kitpictures.com!