The Size of Headshots

By Isabel Franco ; Updated September 15, 2017
Professional headshots are an important investment for every performer.

No matter how talented you are as a performer, sloppy headshots are a big turn-off with casting agents. Professional-looking headshots are an important element of every performer's portfolio that can help you land the next big gig.


The standard size of a headshot is 8X10. Professional headshots are in black and white.


A professional headshot is used to introduce the performer to casting agents. They are most often accompanied by a resume. The goal of a headshot is to provide a simple and accurate representation of what the actor looks like on his or her best day.


Before taking headshots, some important considerations include the photographer's reputation, cost of headshots, how many 8X10 headshots are included in the package, cost for reprints and who owns the negatives.


Avoid wearing clothes with patterns, turtlenecks or jewelry. Artistic lighting and poses should be avoided. Professional-looking headshots are crisp, clear and strive to capture the subject's natural look.

About the Author

Based in Arizona and California, Isabel Franco has been working as a freelance writer and editor since 2003. She has written extensively on business, health, parenting, and travel, with work appearing in several online publications. Franco received her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona.