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Dance-tress Acting Up- Head Shots

Hi Friends

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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: Murder Book

Hey Kids!

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Well, that was an amazing week. And when I say amazing, I mean UGH-MAZE-ING. Like whoa. Here’s what happened. I was in San Francisco this past weekend having BLAST, and I woke up to an email saying that the producer would like to book me on the Investigation Discovery Network show, “Murder Book”, am I interested? No audition (direct booking from my reels) and I get to be on a show? #YES

So after making several checks off my bucket list (Alcatraz, Full House house, Golden Gate bridge, etc) I left my SF trip early and headed on home for my Monday taping. Turns out I was actually scheduled to work Tuesday AND Wednesday as well. I misunderstood the letter from the casting director. She has sent me an email saying they were filming M/Tu/W and I interpreted that as I’ll be working one of those days, not all of them. Opps. So I had to do some last minute scrambling to give my work as much notice as possible. Aye, a day is not much, I know, sorry.

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This will have to be another topic one of these days. You NEED your j.o.b to pay for your bills in between jobs, but when an opportunity comes up to do what you came out here to do, you DO NOT say no. Nobody wants to become a professional at their day job, but you also don’t want to risk falling down a hole if you lose that job.

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Back to the important stuff, filming was awesome. It feels really nice to be back on set. Now, I just have to figure out how to do that more often. It’s such a tease, but I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

I don’t want to go too much into depth, but it is a reenactment show based off true stories. The event of the crime happened in the 70’s, so it was really fun to dress up in bell bottoms and flannel. There were so many scenes to film, so everything went pretty quickly. Most of the scenes had a general guideline of what the scene was about, and the rest was improvised. We did a quick run through then it was time to film. I pray I did a good job.

I usually need a quick moment for things to process, sink in, and relax, but there wasn’t time for that. I admit, my insecurities started creeping up on me, but that’s something I need to work on.

On top of all this awesomeness, I finally got to see Janet Jackson at the Forum Friday night. I still can’t get over how awesome it was. This was a HUGE bucketlist for me. Watching Janet and Britney dancing in music videos inspired me as a kid to get into classes. If it weren’t for the inspiration, I wouldn’t be here pursuing what I’m doing. Now, give me a beat!