Do You Have One?…
Your headshots are your calling card.
Your headshots should also have your details attached to the backside, for example:
date of birth
resume of some sort, even if you have never worked on a professional paying booked job before, make sure to include hobbies, and trained skills. (acting classes, dance classes, music classes, sports, etc.)
These are called comp cards. A comp card is a modeling tool used for marketing. The word “Comp Card” is short for composite card, which is used by actors and models for commercial print auditions and self-promotion. Wilhelmina required Destiny to have a comp card. A comp card is 2-sided. Usually a 6”x9”, with a single headshot on the front side and the other side is a collection 3-5 images of photos best representing your likeness. The purpose is to show as much variety as possible, so the casting director can envision you as different types. Ideally the images on the back should look like tear sheets from magazine ads. In my opinion comp cards are not just for models. I believe that every actor should have a comp card too. Usually a models comp card will look editorial like a spread in a high fashion magazine and an actors comp card should show natural behavior such as playing in a park or doing school work or playing a sport or simply using your cell phone. If you are not trying to be a fashion model there is plenty of print work for actors. A comp card is an important resource to add to your headshots. It allows you the opportunity to introduce yourself to industry professionals in a variety of ways. It really helps you help THEM to see you beyond your height, skin color, big nose, kinky hair and beyond. They can see you as more likely to book a job, whether its print or on TV.
Your comp card should also list your details and contact info.
Always keep your comp cards and headshots current, ready and available at all times. We tend to travel around with Destinys portfolio. We try to keep her photos up-to-date, especially since she is a kid/teenager and changes occur so frequently. We also like to show options with her beautiful natural kinky hair.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, our last photographer is Michelle Hinsberg