Head Shots: What Works Right Now

As actors we all want that golden ticket:  an effective head shot.  

There is a world of preparation that goes into a head shot session (gym time, meditation, facials, diet, sleep, shopping, etc.).  Wardrobe is key.  It must enhance, but not distract.  It must reflect casting, but not be a costume.

Here are three simple wardrobe tips for head shots today:

COLOR.  Incorporate color.  Color attracts attention.  Color arouses interest.  Color triggers emotion.  Anything achromatic (without color - black, white, grey) registers as negative space.  I know of no actor who consciously wishes to create negative space with their presence.  

Word.

Color Wheel

 

OPEN NECKLINE.  

An open neckline is an invitation.  Energetically, it conveys openness and willingness to engage.  Visually, it mirrors the shape of the face.  People are attracted to symmetry.  Use that to your advantage.

Open Neckline
James Perse

 

LIGHTWEIGHT.

Choose fabrics that are lightweight.  Anything stiff or bulky...will read as stiff or bulky AND add weight.  

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Create dynamic head shots with these basic rules.  I would love to team with you to create these looks and empower your image.

xo G

3 Essentials Every Actor Must Have for a Wardrobe Fitting

Arriving to a fitting prepared and organized is an actor's responsibility. Shuffling in late with a duffel bag of dirty, rumpled clothes is unprofessional and rude. Be assured, EVERYONE WILL NOTICE. 

Whether the fitting is for film, tv, commercial or personally created content (super relevant right now), style your wardrobe with the production team with power and ease.  Respect yourself and the job you have received.

Here are three simple hacks for how to present your clothes at a wardrobe fitting:

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1. Velvet Hangers. Bring your items on hangers - not bunched up in a bag. Velvet hangers work best.  Theses hangers prevent clothes from slipping and slide easily on the top bar of a rolling rack.  Unlike plastic or wire...let's not go there.  Velvet hangers also make it easier to organize and navigate your closet.  A 50 pack runs you under $20 here.

2. Garment Bags. For the fitting, keep clothes organized and protected in zipped garment bags. One garment bag costs about the same as a Venti Latte.  There is just no excuse.

3. Suitcase.  20 inch, hardshell, carry-on suitcase with spinner wheels. If you don't have spinner wheels you'll be hating life. Use it for shoes, accessories and neatly folded t shirts for the fitting.  This suitcase works whether you are trekking across the 405 or across the country.

Abide every single step listed above and you will arrive professional, organized, and composed. 

This is a team effort. Make the director, costumer and yourself happy! Have a professional experience and keep the focus on building the character.

xo G

PS  Carefully read the wardrobe specs. If you don't understand references in the specs, look them up. If you don't know what culottes are, look them up. 

Stylish Drinks

Sometimes the best gifts are consumable. The overwhelming commercialism of Christmas has left me parched.  Recently, at a goop lab event I had the pleasure of connecting with Georgette Moger-Petraske, the author of Regarding Cocktails.

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The drinks were as beautiful and generous as she was.  It made me think that connecting with close friends over the holidays would be the most stylish gift.  Whether you meet friends for drinks, tea or sparkling water - toast to the season, love each other and sip in style.

Sparkling water with our friend's at Muddle and Wilde cinnamon orange star-annise.

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The beautiful and satisfying Regarding Cocktails.

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Indulge.

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Tea at Ladurée - so chic.

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Thé Mélange Ladurée.  Elegant and satisfying.

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Classic Veuve Cliquot. French. Brut.  

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Joshua Tree Coffee Company Espresso - is smooth and rich with hi-desert intensity.

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Drink and drive responsibly.  Love wildly.