Jim Christian, director of musical theater studies at Weber State University, shares these hints to getting your headshot just right.
• Nine out of 10 times, people should smile. People forget that what they want to look like is a great piece of clay that a director will want to mold.
• Lighting and demeanor can make a big different; hire a professional.
• People's headshots should look like them; no glamour shots.
• The photo should show the eyes and mouth. Directors needs to see if there is a life and brain in the eyes, and if there's personality and warmth in the mouth.
• Take a front-on shot; don't get too artsy. We're not hiring the photographer, we're hiring you.