Your Headshot makes the first impression before you meet any industry professional. Your Headshot is your calling card and without a great headshot you will be at real disadvantage. Your Headshot gets you in the door – it gives you the opportunity to get a job.
Your Headshot should look like you as you normally look every day of the year.
It is important to keep your Headshots current if you engage someone online, as using an outdated Headshot it could create an awkward situation when you go for an interview in person because your online image is so different.
How will you know when it is time to update your headshots? If your appearance has changed/you have changed your appearance (cut your hair, dyed your hair, whitened your teeth, got braces, gone through puberty, grown a beard, aged, etc.).
As with everything, the opinions vary on when you should take new Headshots. Most people will give you the standard, “take new photos every two years” answer but is that really necessary? It varies with people. If you’re a male in his mid-40s, chances are you probably won’t change very much. In which case you just want to keep a good supply of printed Headshots on hand.
Kids will need Headshots every six to eight months. Agents and managers usually demand that you do this when you have kids or teens under the age of 16.
It’s important to stay fresh and up-to-date especially with commercial acting, where styles will change overnight.
When it comes down to it, you want to go with what works for you. With proper research, photographer, and printer, new headshots every six months can yield some great commercial success.