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Dance-tress Acting Up- Head Shots

Hi Friends


So heres the deal, I started making these video blogs about three weeks ago and I really enjoy it. I'm not going to lie, its MUCH more time consuming, but I guess when you enjoy what you do, work isn't really work. And like I've always said, I feel a high level of accomplishment after posting each blog. *pats self on the back*

This week I wanted to talk about head shots. I have included some tips, do's and don'ts and my own personal issue to get that perfect shot. 

First of all, they are the #1 tool an actor should have. If you don't have one, how are people going to remember you? Or, how will you convince someone to cast you in their project if they don't know what you look like? Please don't use a cute Facebook picture. You'll be laughed at and definitely not be taken seriously. Be professional.

Your head shot should not only look good in an 8x10, but also as a thumbnail. Casting directors may only have X amount of time to cast a project, so the likely hood that they're going to click through every single picture is slim. They're going to look at maybe a group of 20 pictures per page, then click the thumbnails that stand out to them. Bam, done.

I personally believe it is important to get other opinions of which is the best photo to use. You may like picture A, but the rest of Los Angeles loves picture B. Now, what's more important, a photo that you think you look great in, or one that everyone else thinks you look great in? 

Remember, the whole point of a head shot is for people to see what you look like! Sounds like a no brainer right, but how is everyone going to see what you look like if the lighting isn't correct? If you photoshopped your picture to make yourself look 10 years younger, or if your eyes are looking a different direction. Eyes are important. Always, look at the camera.

Wear an outfit that compliments your skin tone and the vibe you want to give off. If you're going for commercials, I would recommend bright colors. No logos and busy prints. If you're going for the business professional look, I would suggest maybe a shirt with a collar or tie. Bc, duh.

Last but certainly not least, chill out and RELAX! Have fun. Be you. Don't over think it. I know I know, I struggle with this myself, but that's why it is so important to find a photographer you are comfortable with. Bring some music and have fun. Photo by Jimmy Bui.


Dance-tress Acting Up: Producing Your Own Projects


I believe that a person should work at their career for at least an hour everyday. This is not a one-two-step-to-success kind of career. It’s a marathon not a sprint, and for those like me who hate running, the thought of a marathon is exhausting. Between your j.o.b, auditions, family and everyday duties, life can get pretty hectic. I know we’re not out on the streets saving lives or curing cancer, but it can still be difficult and frustrating at times. We still need vacations (if you can afford one) or at least another hobby to keep you occupied.

And hobby it is! I have definitely discovered some new hobbies, and they tend to keep me quite busy. One that I really enjoy is creating my own projects. I had no idea I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I remember being frustrated the last time I worked a student film. They’re still learning so it took hours longer than scheduled, it was no pay, and I never got the footage back. Sadly, it felt like a big waste of time. I decided that if I was going to do something that was going to turn out mediocre and not get paid, I might as well make my own projects and write my own stories.

I’ve learned so much more about film production than I ever planned. I learned the importance of lighting, angles, pace and so on. I became a one-woman crew. I am writing, directing, acting, doing my own camera work and it’s incredibly fulfilling. My own wacky ideas are brought to life, and it’s also a great way to keep productive. It’s not always easy though. Editing can make me want to pull my hair out. I am not a professional in any of these areas, so it is very learn as I go, but I get better each time.

I have also realized that I am a comedy writer. Many of the sketches that pop into my head tend to have a silly twist in them. Or, at least I think it’s funny.

This brings me to my current web series, 12 Teen. It started out as a joke and a way for me to act. Then I realized how easy it is to continue with the story line. I’m not on a deadline so I can make a new one whenever I want. Who knows, I may even enter it into LA Webfest next year or gain a fan base. Time will tell.  

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As a former competitive gymnast/dancer, I will be sharing with you my journey as I transition into acting full time. I want to share my experiences and hopefully give you insight and tips on some things that I wish someone would have told me BEFORE I moved to California to start my journey. Some times, you have to live to learn, but always remember that you're already living the dream. - Caslin Rose