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Jonathan McInnis Interview Part I: So you want a headshot?

From the Editor: So many people struggle finding a quality headshot photographer. It's the bane of an actor's existence. Maybe it's the quality, the photo is bland, or they are way too expensive for you. This is why I am blessed to know headshot photographers like Jonathan McInnis. To say his work is stunning would be an understatement. He has a genuine affect on every client he works with that allows them to open up and be their true selves. This is what a headshot is about. I know how important headshots are to all of you, so here is Part I of a three installment series devoted to headshots. Keep updated the next three weeks!
Where to start?
We have all been there googling for headshot photographers. It is daunting. What are things to look for when researching for a photographer?
JM: Look for a website and blog that is actively updated. That is such a good sign. I'm working to find more time to be able to steadily update my blog. That is why I steadily update my Faceboo…
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Dear fellow actor, Stop talking bad about yourself at auditions.

We all know that person. Maybe we are that person.

We freak out, we get insecure, we compare ourselves, and the negative talk begins.

For example:

"Everyone is better than me in this room and I just feel honored to be here!"

"I'm an awful dancer but I'm going to crush the singing portion."

"I'm just terrible at [insert skill here]. I'm just being realistic."

"Oh my god that was awful, I'm so not going to get it!"

Real quotes that I have heard at auditions this past year. Not dramatized. Not exaggerated. Real quotes.

Not only was this annoying to everyone in the room, it was embarrassing for the actor. They reeked of desperation, self deprecation, and insecurities. It showed their flaws in the worst of ways. So why do I think actors do this?

1. They are too busy comparing themselves.

You need to stop. Stop looking at everyone else and focus on you. Once I started doing this I did much better at all auditions. I wonder why…

Let's talk about type.

It is probably something all of us in theatre have struggled with at some point.

"What is my type?"

This is what we have learned as we have studied theatre. There are types of characters and roles that exist in theatre and you may fit best in one type over another. Types include leading lady, ingénue, villain, jokester, best friend, etc. I am pretty sure you get the picture.

Knowing your type is incredibly important to increase your chances of nailing certain roles. If you are clearly not an ingénue (think princess) and are more a mother then you probably should go for the mother. Duh. It makes sense.

Unfortunately I am seeing fellow young actors distress themselves over type. Like to the point that worries me. Recently I was helping quite a few students choose headshots since I just came back from New York and took a lot of notes on choosing headshots from people in the industry so they were asking me advice. One thing I kept asking them was "What do you consider y…