Headshots for You “Newbies” – The secrets you need to know

My photography studio is based just south of Boston MA.

Just like many cities, Boston is a movie-making town. Major motion pictures and television shows are in production virtually all the time here. And that means that there is a constant need for extras. Those regular looking people who sit at the next table, walk down the street, hand the star of the movie or TV show a cup of coffee … stuff like that.

And if you’re really .. really … really lucky you’ll get to say a few words on-camera … like “here’s your coffee”

Many times these people are not trained actors or models, so they have day jobs and they take the day off and do the extra work for fun or some extra income.

So how do you do to prepare for that all-important “casting call” where you’ll most likely have 15 to 30 seconds with the casting directors to show them that you are the exact type of person that they have been looking for?

And more importantly, how does one prepare for the dreaded question “do you have anything else?” ( don’t worry, I’ll explain in this article)

Well, first of all, you must have a headshot 8×10 print in hand when you go to the casting call. And make sure that your contact information (name, cell phone number, and email) is neatly handwritten on the back of the print. And it doesn’t hurt to put your height and special talents (I can play hockey, play the trumpet, I was in the Navy, I played semi-pro baseball, I’m a professional firefighter) handwritten on the back as well. Just state a few facts. I swear, this stuff could help get you the gig.

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But, there is a myth that the quality of your headshot that you bring to these casting calls doesn’t matter and that any picture that your Mom took of you is fine.

Actually, a snapshot is just fine if you only want to be considered for “part of the crowd”.

Keep in mind, casting directors may see hundreds of people in one day. They are literally making yes and no decisions about you in a second. So the first impression that you make is crucial and the quality of your headshots does help you stand apart from others. Or at the very least, allow you to have a headshot that competes in quality with others (who have professional headshots).

And now about that “do you have anything else” question that I mentioned.

Good news, you’ve made a great first impression, they love your attitude, your look, and your headshot. You’ve been talking to them for a whole two minutes! But the extra that they are looking for is a “tough kid from the wrong side of the tracks” and your headshot has a big cheesy grin. They ask if you brought any other headshots … “more headshots?” you say … with a bewildered look

“No problem,” they say,  So they tell you to stand up against the wall and look mean and they’ll take a picture of you with their phone. But NO!   you planned for this!

You whip out another headshot with that “kid from the wrong side of the tracks” look and proudly hand it over. They smile and say “that’s perfect!!”

So, we always counsel our theatrical and modeling headshot clients to show a few sides of their personality so that they come prepared.

Every actor or model got their start from that first casting call when they were still completely unknown. But if they were really … really … really lucky, after they left the casting call, their headshot was put on the “maybe pile” and not thrown in the trash can.

This is John, he had just left the Navy and needed some headshots for that first casting call.

 

 

Dan Busler Photography is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance, and Event photography studio located in East Walpole MA.
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Nephrok and The Motown Masterpiece Orchestra at The Extended Play Sessions Holiday Extravaganza 12-21-19

Nephrok and The Motown Masterpiece Orchestra which includes Nephtaliem McCrary, Sarah Seminski, Peter MacLean, Daniel Day, Dan Kenney, Eric Vincent, Scott Aruda, and Pat Loomis brought some sweet soul Christmas music to The Extended Play Sessions – Fallout Shelter Holiday Extravaganza on December 21, 2019.

The audience was on its feet and the house was definitely rocking as the “NefSanta” Allstars came a-knocking.

Dan Busler Photography is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photography studio located in East Walpole MA.
781-352-4863           www.danbuslerphotography.com

Freevolt at The Extended Play Sessions

 

The Extended Play Sessions – Fallout Shelter welcomed FREEVOLT – a ‘roots rock americana jam reggae funk trop pop’ act … which brings a message of love, peace and compassion (yes. all that!) on November 15, 2019.

The band includes Michael Bernier, Nicco Centofanti, Mat Maier, John Spurr, and Taylor Allen.

The supercharged night was filled with songs of joy and the audience was dancing in the aisles!

Nobody’s Girl at The Extended Play Sessions Dan Busler Photography

 

Fusion Slideshow Video of Nobody’s Girl (which includes three of Austin’s top singer-songwriters; Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis, and Betty Soo) at The Extended Play Sessions Fallout Shelter in Norwood MA on November 13, 2019.

Their beautiful harmonies and soulful songs were such a delight and loved by everyone lucky enough to be there that evening.

 

Dan Busler Photography is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photography studio located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA.
By the Artist, for the Artist.             781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

The Sea . The Sea at The Extended Play Sessions 11-13-19 Dan Busler Photography

 

The Extended Play – Fallout Shelter welcomed “The Sea The Sea” which includes Mira Costa and Chuck E. Costa on November 13, 2019.
A duo that Huffington Post described as “an Indie folk-pop duo with two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.”
They were that and so much more!

 

Dan Busler Photography is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photography studio located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA.
By the Artist, for the Artist.             781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

Kevin Daniel at The Extended Play Sessions 09/01/19

The Extended Play Sessions – Fallout Shelter in Norwood MA welcomed Kevin Daniel and The Bottom Line which includes Kevin, Billy Pearson, Renee Hikari, Jean Giammanco and guest ( The Extended Play Sessions own) Connor Quigley September 1, 2019.
The music was American county rock all the way.

Dan Busler Photography is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photography studio located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA.
By the Artist, for the Artist.             781-352-4863         www.danbuslerphotography.com

Milton Players Present “Little Shop of Horrors” October/November 2019

It was a totally epic session when I got to photograph the cast headshots for The Milton Players production of “Little Shop of Horrors” which is being presented October 25 – November 3, 2019.

And it was quite impressive that all of them arrived at my studio together, now that’s some great stage management!

 

Dan Busler Photography is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photography studio located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA.        781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

Just a Moment in Time – Priceless

Many artists agree that there is beauty in life’s candid moments.

Unposed people, just interacting, conversing and enjoying each other’s company often makes for the most interesting images.

Many years ago I learned an important lesson about capturing the beauty of the candid moment.  Look behind you, because stuff is happening there too.

I photographed this image recently at a backyard party. Everywhere you look in this image, there is something happening.  Small groups of people having conversations, laughing, some discussing more serious subjects, some are looking away, ready to move on to the next group and their next discussion.

So, even though this image is dark and grainy (shot at ISO 32000!), it caught my attention. You see, it’s not always the image with the perfect exposure and perfect pose that makes it precious, but the contect of the image itself.

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Dan Busler Photography is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photography studio located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA.
By the Artist, for the Artist.             781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

Erin Parquette – 2019 Senior at Walpole High

Erin is a bright and talented 2019 senior at Walpole High who has a passion for contemporary dance. As you can see, she totally killed it at her session.

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I’m so happy that she and her family chose me to photograph her Senior Portraits

See more from her session here LINK to MORE From Erin’s Session

Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – Walpole MA. By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com

 

Sam is a 2020 Senior at Medfield High

Sam is a bright and talented 2020 senior at Medfield High who has a passion for sports. He spent his Summer lifeguarding and it appears from the look of his epic images, he just might have a career in modeling!


Thanks to Sam and his parents for choosing me to photograph his senior portraits.

Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – Walpole MA. By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com