The Land of Misfit H/R
Where do headshots go to die? I imagine them in a great underground network of chutes and ladders, ending up in some great filing cabinet in the sky. I just mailed off 50 headshot/resumes to do a unified group audition. I've got a good feeling that many of them will end up whirling and twirling their way into trashcan wonderland.
50 H/R in exchange for a lighting fast audition in front of a captive audience of casting directors is not a bad price to pay! I give the system an A+ for efficiency (how else can you get your headshot and resume to 50 people in 90 seconds) and an A+ for the quickest way to make an actor feel like a piece of meat.
This is how it usually goes: "Hello my name is ...." ::crickets:: I look out to some smiles from familiar faces, some auditors staring blankly, some looking at my resume, some just dazing off. " [Monogloue] [Song]. Thank you, have a nice day!" Maybe I'll get some chuckles on the monologue or someone will wake up sharply if I hit a high note (I love it when that happens). Click, click go the heels and I'm out the door.
Today I used my last headshot. After I reordered 200 more, it got me thinking; how much is the price of opportunity? A complete headshot and resume costs me $0.88, factoring in headshot, resume paper, staples, and ink. There are countless other factors such as postage, gas, clothing, makeup, coachings, and the cost of my college education that goes into the physical price of one audition. What is the intangible price? The promise of a job and artistic fulfillment.