Great surprise when a friend contacts you who you worked with 38 years ago on Pirates of Penzance in the West End, tells you he needs to update his headshot and says, “I haven’t done this for 20 years!” Even so, Michael Praed has a CV full of credits as long as your arm and has worked with everyone! What a talent! It was a pleasure to help create his new look for 2020.
Great working with the actors at the London actor’s workshop.
London’s popular 12 week acting programme based in the heart of theatreland. Designed for professional and aspiring actors looking to get work, it is a practical, intensive series of highly specific workshops primarily focussed on TV & Film and offers students the chance to showcase their talents to casting directors and agents.
Check them out! www.londonactorsworkshop.co.uk
Last few months have been busy. Its that time of the year again when 3rd year drama and musical theatre students need to get their head shots done. For many of them it’s the first time they have ever sat in front of a camera! So many things for them to think about, hair, make up, expression, do I smile do I look moody….
For me, there’s only one important thing. The eyes! Get them to say everything! It’s not easy to do but it makes the portrait work. If the eyes are dead, all the hard work with make up and hair will be wasted.
I shot student actress Jessica Bennett in natural light with just a reflector to accentuate her eyes, no need for anything else.
Really enjoyed working with up and coming young actor Matthew Stagg, we got some fantastic natural light studio shots. Most recently Matthew can be seen in the feature film, Mum’s List starring alongside Emilia Fox and Rafe Spall. He will also play the lead role of Sam in upcoming Lionsgate feature ‘Marrowbone’.
Matthew is represented by A&J Management http://www.ajmanagement.co.uk/
Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Young talent Nathan Mack was selected by Lucy Bevan casting to play the supporting lead role of Chip, the enchanted teacup, opposite Emma Thompson who plays Mrs Potts. The film has already broken five box office records in its first week and is the seventh biggest opening of all time!
Nathan is represented by Stagecoach Talent Agency https://www.stagecoach.co.uk/talent-agency
Queuing up at a casting or heading to the post office with a printed, glossy, 10×8 black and white headshot is very quickly becoming a thing of the past. Technology has taken over and agents and casting directors want the quickness and ease of an emailed shot seen through a screen, be that a desktop in the office, a laptop in a trendy cafe in Soho, a smart phone on the Victoria Line or an iPad in the casting room. At the click of a button your headshot can be seen, sent on to a colleague and viewed by all the necessary people in an instant. It is fast and efficient meaning you are seen by as many people as possible and the image is crisp and clean every time. Black and White is also on its way out, current trend is to really see your vibrancy and personality in colour.
As a professional actor your headshot is one of the most vital tools to make your mark in the industry. Whether you are looking for an agent or trying to grab the attention of casting directors you need a shot that is striking, real and engaging. Your headshot is the first port of call for industry professionals and it needs to look like you in a natural way, capturing your personality and the spark in your eyes. Individuality and naturalism are vital and a great headshot is not about looking overly glamorous, it is looking like you – on your best day. At MAD we work in a very relaxed environment as we feel it is extremely important that you feel at ease and have fun during your shoot to really capture you at your best. We offer both studio and natural light shoots all in one place to give you a range of looks to really make you stand out from the crowd. We really want to capture that glint and energy in your eyes that tells just a glimpse of your story and personality, just enough to draw the viewer in to you and leave them wanting to find out more.