Why you need a professional headshot

There's an old saying -- "never judge a book by it's cover." That's a sweet and trite old homily that may work for you when it comes to gauging the honesty of your over the fence neighbor. When it comes to getting a job, whether in broadcasting, acting or in an office, people are going to judge you by your cover. It's not nice, it's probably not right, but that's the way it is.

If you want to be treated as a professional in any career, then you're going to need to look like a professional. There are no ifs, ands or buts, your image is everything. Making a financial investment in your future, paying a reasonable fee for a professional photo, whether you are doing it for a modeling job, an acting job or a brokerage firm, is necessary to give yourself the edge that you need.

In any job the goal is to stand out from the crowd. It's important as a professional to have a headshot that shows you as a professional and gives the right impression. Most companies today have staff pages. Each of those pages houses the photos of the staff that work for the company. Having a professional headshot is so important that many companies, even brokerage houses will have those taken for the staff once they are hired. Having one already in place for your resume, particularly in a career such as acting is going to enhance your ability to get a job and enhance the staffing directors ability to sell your skills.

Last, but certainly not least, get a head shot that doesn't look like it came from a booth at the carnival. It's going to cost a little more but it will be well worth it in the end. Seek out a reputable photographer who is known for his or her head shots and the ability to get a great look for their clients.

When you look like a professional, people perceive you to be just that. They will see value in hiring you. That's the long term goal of anything that you use to get a job--to make you look your best. Choose headshots that do just that and it will help you to get more roles and better ones.