It’s set around 1918 and I played “Joey” a British aviator. It was a great, funny part – I got the girl in the end and got to deploy my British accent. Other than the accent it required no further alterations – I wore basic make-up – just enough so I didn’t wash out under the lights. No fake mustaches, no wigs, nothing special.
One day after the show I, along with several other members of the cast, now in street clothes, were outside chatting when an audience member came up gushing about how much she loved the show. She turned to each actor and complimented them specifically (even the guy who wore old-man make-up, a wig and fake beard but was now in jeans).
At last she turned to me and I prepared myself for the wave of praise that was coming my way.
She looked at me and said –
“Were you in the play?”
Um, yes, I played Joey, the aviator.
“Oh?” …she looked at me closely and I saw it all connect in her eyes and I again, prepped myself for praise.
“Oh! You’re much better looking from far away.”
In the ensuing years I’ve come up with several responses to that statement but in that moment I had none.
So when my agent recently requested new photos I thought “I wonder how far away from the camera I could get?”
OK, actually I wondered if I could get a two-fer. Some shots for acting and one to use here that would make my blog feel more personal and welcoming.
Now, actor headshots are supposed to make you look like potential characters (lawyer, doctor, guy next door) without locking you into anything too specific. So they aren’t totally ideal for this dual purpose but I’m wondering if you folks think one of these could serve here too.
We have Option A which I call “Trust me, I’m a lawyer”Option B which I call “Trust me I’m a lawyer heading to my yacht”or Option C which I call “I just rolled out of bed and why are you looking at me like that?”What do you think? Do any of these also say “listen to me! I know about Mod Podge!”