As most of you may know, I have been involved in the modeling and acting industry for over 30 years, as a fashion and advertising photographer, on the Board of Directors of a local Women In Film & Video chapter, and as a model agency owner. To this day I still train, mentor, photograph, and develop new aspiring models, and those already established. I also hire models and actors on a regular basis for my commercial shoots, my domestic workshops and projects, and my international workshops and projects.
I get emails, snail mails, phone calls, and text messages from all types of models and actors that have found out that I exist, and they want me to consider them for future work.
One of my first questions to them is “Do you have a professional 8×10 headshot?”
One of my next questions is “Do you have a comp card?”
Usually, more times than not, the answers I receive are “No!”
There are so many boys and girls and men and women that want to break into the modeling or acting industry or get hired for paying work, yet they don’t have two of the most common, important, essential tools, and that’s a professional 8×10 headshot and in some cases, a professional composite card (aka comp card or zed card).
How would casting agents know you exist if they do not have on file a professional headshot and resume? They don’t!
How would model agencies know you exist without a great comp card to send to them to spark their attention? They don’t!
What will you take with you if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a casting call, or an audition, or a walk-in appointment on open call day? Nothing?
Here’s my point folks; If you want to break into the industry, you’ll need tools. As a photographer, I need tools. A plumber… needs tools. So does an electrician, the pretzel vendor outside of the ballpark, and the dog catcher. Your two most important tools will be your headshot and your comp card. Without them, you’re an empty-handed woodworker.