Everybody wants new head shots!
Everybody wants new head shots! Everybody wants new head shots! Every time I sign with a new agent, manager, commercial agent, etc; the first thing they want me to do is get new head shots. Is there some secret commission being passed around under the table here between industry people and photographers? I can't take it!
In New York I spent a good chunk of money getting new pictures from three different photographers. Then last year when I moved to LA, I'm asked to get even newer pictures. Honestly, people, black don't crack and asian don't change. I don't look that much different; maybe a little wisdom carved into my pearl creamed skin and some hard knocks of life etched into my palms.
And maybe I don't look like this black and white ingenue here anymore, but I still get carded and hit on by college frat boys; even though I'm old enough now to have been there babysitter.
It's such a dichotomy how people see you versus how you see yourself, especially in the acting world. In Los Angeles, your first audition is your picture; whether or not the casting director can tell at first, just from your picture, if you're the right 'type' for the role.
There's just too many to shuffle through and not enough time for imagination. Therefore, it's really important that your 'essence' is captured in your photo. But what if you're just one of those people that has many different looks! How do you pick just one essence?
My LA reps don't like the pictures I used in New York. My New York reps think I look 'mean' in the pictures I am using in LA. My distant friends don't think the pictures my New York reps like even look like me. And my close friends can't decide which ones are the best. "Knock Knock, Who's/Hu's there?" I have no bleeping clue.
I guess I have to decide what look I want to project to get seen for the roles that I"m right for. And would that be the asian/ethnic roles? Gee, I wonder how I do that. Somebody please, pass me a ground breaker!
Of course there are different types of Asian looks/roles; there's the 'Asian lawyer', the 'Asian Assassin', the 'Asian girlfriend', the 'Asian girl next door', the 'doctor who is usually Asian', the 'Asian nail technician', the 'Asian waitress', the 'Asian stripper/hooker', the 'Asian single mom', the 'Asian married mom'; let's not forget the 'Asian power mom with a husband, two kids and a full time job at a Fortune 500 company' and the authentic Asian Asian who is not Asian-American, but need we say it 'fresh off the boat'. I might be way too sarcastic to look right for that role.
My new commercial agents here want me to get new pictures too. It would be nice though if I could book a commercial first so that I would then have money to spend on new pictures. Don't worry Big Dog Agency, it will get done, I am committed! But in order to get into those auditions, I need to...which came first the head shot or the audition?
So here they are, sans sunglasses, every head shot I've ever used since I was a wee baby dumpling fresh out of New York University. You pick. You tell me. Just not the black and white ones.
Yours Truly -- Ann Hu