Lighting, composition, expression, touch ups—headshots are a headache. They’re expensive, time consuming and easily obsessed over. So when you finally get one you’re happy with you want to hang on to it for as long as possible. The problem is, too many models hang on too long, says model Roy James Brown. “Updating headshots really make a difference,” he says. “It’s the best form of self-promotion because instantly there’s a ‘newness’ about your work.”
A headshot, the business card of any model or actor, is supposed to represent who you really are—in the most flattering way possible. But it’s not supposed to make you look younger or like someone else. The headshot of you at 19 you might get you in the door, but it won’t get you the gig when the 25-year-old you shows up for the audition.
How often should you update your photo? Whenever your appearance or style changes. If you used to rock a shoulder-length cut but now you’re sporting a pixie, you need a new picture.
Other Must-Know Info: “Surrounding yourself with your peers helps to keep you motivated. People who want the same thing that you do naturally inspire you. But every once and a while you’ve got to go off the grid. Doing and thinking about things other than modeling keeps me sane.”
His Most Recent Go-See: “I walked into a small room with about twelve other models all waiting for the same person, wanting the same thing. I looked around the room, some intimidated me, others didn’t. Turns out that the less intimidating competitors were the ones I should’ve been worried about. They were the quite storm. After sizzling in the models "holding room," I met with the designer who was very nice. We talked for about 10 minutes and I’m hoping to hear back from him—soon.
The Best Advice He’s Heard: “Relax. Magic seems to just happen after you do that.”