Mercedes Rose, blogger for Backstage Unscripted provides perspective on other things the casting directors look for. As obvious as it sounds, headshots are one of the biggest headaches CDs deal with. She says . . .
Many actors do not look like their headshots. Or forget them entirely so I have no idea if they look like their headshots or not. This is such a no-brainer I can't believe it is still an issue... bring a headshot and resume already stapled to every audition NO MATTER WHAT. Better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it. And that headshot that you remembered to bring every time should look like you. And preferably it shouldn't have a coffee stain right across your forehead. This is your calling card. What is it saying?
I am sure I haven't heard every excuse in the book . . . yet, but I don't deal with as any talent as a CD would. Each time a CD hears an excuse, (s)he becomes more callous, which means you could be the next unfortunate soul to have all the negative feelings of prior irresponsible actors or models thrown at you. No one wants to be the straw that breaks the camel's back when it comes to explosive anger. Set yourself up for positive feedback and positive experiences - be professional and prepared!
How do you keep your headshots available and in good condition for last minute audition opportunities?