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What should I wear??

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

Wardrobe is vitally important to an actor. It helps to tell a more complete story. Your headshot should tell a complete story too! So choosing #wardrobe that is appropriate is key. Here are some tips to help you on the big day.


  • What you wear day to day may not necessarily be what you wear in photos. For example: If you’re looking for a specific shot that sells you as a suburban Oklahoma mom but you’re generally quite glamorous in real life, have different shots that convey those different looks. You’re not going to get called in for the suburban soccer mom with a shot that makes you look like a Kardashian.

  • Bright colors pop in thumbnails that are seen online by casting directors. They see rows upon rows of faces, and color (whether in wardrobe choice or background) can help bring their eye toward YOU!

  • Black as the primary option should only be used for edgy looks.

  • Avoid white as the primary choice because it can get blown out when adjusting colors in post. White is fine when used as a layering piece.

  • Speaking of layering, you should do that! Give your photo more interest and specificity by layering pieces that help tell a story. Throwing a jean jacket over a tank top for example, tells a very specific story about the character. Be specific.

  • Spend some time considering what your types are and tailor your wardrobe choices to reflect that. Prior to the day of the shoot you should have looks already created. Take photos in them against a blank wall in your home and get friends (and even your photographer) to weigh in on whether the looks you’ve chosen help to tell the story you want to tell.

  • Have more options than you think you need on the day of the shoot! Better you truck your stuff over to the studio than to realize you are missing a key piece when it’s too late.

  • If you are missing pieces, consider shopping for them to use the day of the shoot. You can always return them after the shoot...but it’s always nice to have them in your wardrobe for auditions as well


Ultimately you want your #headshot to look like YOU but specific versions of you. The more work you do in advance, the happier you’ll be with the final results!

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