Young talent toil over which facebook image to send a potential new agent the first time they make contact. Talent who are determined to be prepared from the beginning often have a professional headshot image taken before ever finding an agent. So what’s in a picture?
Agents are looking for something that strikes their interest in each application. One area where a green talent can capture interest is with the image(s) they submit. What should be submitted may depend on the agent in question, of course. Talent should read directions carefully before submitting to be sure they present themselves as organized, professional, and intelligent.
Having a professional headshot doesn’t convince an agent that a talent could be a great partnership. In fact, not having an amazing headshot can shy an agent away. Investing in headshots two or three times can be a big deterrent to a talent and often times the agent does not want to be the bearer of bad tidings if they can find a similar talent elsewhere. On the flip side, if a talent’s headshot is striking and noticeable, agents will tend to be excited about the fact that they can start sending the talent out immediately!
In most cases, agents are happy to accept snapshot images prior to working with a green talent. A snapshot can just as likely show the twinkle an agent is seeking as a professional image. It also sets the agent’s mind at ease that the talent will be able to get the kind of headshot that will book! Agents build relationships with photographers who can capture the images that will get results. Trust that your agent wants you to have a headshot that will book you. After all, if you’re booking, that means your agent is also making money, right? It’s just one way to ensure you and your agent are on the same page as you start a new life together!