Teen Actor Headshots and College Applications

If your teen is applying to college and interested in theater or a performance arts program, chances are they’ll need a headshot. Nowadays colleges and universities not only expect their potential theater majors to audition, but they also want to see a good actor headshot along with their application. College theater programs like Pace University, University of Michigan,  or locally Catholic University and Shepherd University are extremely competitive. Why not get a leg up on that competition by making sure your application headshot meets those guidelines?

8x12 actor headshot

8 x12 image from camera

cropped to 8x10 with name

cropped to 8×10 with name

The standard industry size for an actor headshot is 8×10 inches. Modern digital cameras size images at 8×12. So as you can see, a little must be taken off the top and bottom of the image for correct sizing. After you’ve made your selection I provide minor retouches and size your image at 8×10 for printing.

You can then upload the image(s) to a printer who specializes in actor headshot reproduction. Here are a few clients have used and recommend:

ABC Pictures

Mimosa Pictures


To find out more about the college auditions process check out Matthew Edwards’ The College Audition Blog. And read more about the college application headshot read Matthew’s article here.

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