If you’re thinking about getting help from someone to prepare for your headshot session, Coach Clay is phenomenal. I can’t thank him enough for his insight and guidance during the coaching process. I walked into my headshot session well prepared, confident, and focused. Coach Banks definitely knows what he’s talking about, and helped me get the best headshots I’ve ever taken!
– Janéy Friend (actor)
I’ve had my headshots done in the past with leading industry photographers… but always left extremely disappointed until working with Clay Banks. He made headshots simple and broke it down for me in a way that made sense. I felt confident walking into my headshot session knowing I was fully prepared. I strongly recommend this headshot coaching to anyone who’s ready to stop wasting time and get some amazing heads shots that will get them sent out!
– Julie Parle (actor)
SO, HERE’S THE STORY –
Far too often, actors when in a rush to get things going will hastily jump into action, proclaiming, “I need (new) pictures!” They then ask around for a ‘good photographer,’ compare some looks and prices and schedule a photo-shoot. The date arrives and they head into the shoot with some sort of vague idea of what they want (or should have). Or, they have no idea at all, expecting the photographer to make it all happen for them. WRONG!
It’s great to be proactive about your career, however, being unprepared for photo-shoots are one of the biggest mistakes that actors can make, again and again, and again. They go into their shoot hastily and wind up with anything but the best shots possible. NOT SMART! It’s foolish, time-consuming, and expensive. THIS IS THE PICTURE THAT DETERMINES WHETHER YOU WILL OR YOU WON’T GET TO PERSONALLY MEET CASTING DIRECTORS, AGENTS, AND MANAGERS!
A good headshot should last years! A bad headshot can also last years! After all, who wants to admit that the shots they just wound up with really aren’t that good?
DON’T MISS A SINGLE OPPORTUNITY! YOUR HEADSHOT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRECISION TRADE TOOLS YOU HAVE AS AN ACTOR. GO INTO YOUR PHOTO-SHOOT PREPARED AND READY TO GET THE BEST SHOT POSSIBLE!
“My previous headshots were great but I needed to update them as they’d been seen all around town for 5 years. After getting coaching from Clay, I ended up with so many great shots it was hard to narrow them down! If you’re debating whether you should do this or not… I’d say it’s more than worth your investment.”
~ Mike Chubb (actor)
IT JUST MAKES SO MUCH SENSE –
Think about it. Actual scenes aren’t shot without direction – why would you think still-shots should be any different?! They’re not! A photoshoot needs direction! So, you say, “That’s the photographer’s job, isn’t it?” Yes and not really! The photographer can and will only do so much. The photographer’s job is to get you a shot that’s ‘photographically’ correct, by working with location, lighting, wardrobe, angles, etc. And, even if they work with you during the shoot… the majority of the success of the shoot is ultimately on the shoulders of the actor.
“I shoot thousands of actors’ headshots all over the world and I can always tell when an actor’s been coached by Clay. They come in prepared, knowing exactly what they’re doing. As a result, I’m able to get so much more out of them and their shots end up looking amazing! It also makes my job much easier! “
~ Halstan Williams (Veteran Headshot Photographer – halstan.com)
WHY HEADSHOT COACHING? –
Private Photo-shoot Coaching is professional one-on-one coaching where I take you, the actor, through every facet of the photoshoot process leaving you with complete confidence, strong understanding, and no guessing! And, it shows right where it counts… in the EYES! As a result — we wind up with KILLER SHOTS! Every time!
WHAT’S COVERED? –
Below are just a few examples of what’s covered in a one-on-one Headshot Coaching Session Package:
Session 1 – Preparation:
• What type of shot are you looking for? Are you sure? Why do you think so?
• Does that look presently exist anywhere in film or on TV? Look for it!
• Are you going for a look that is actually YOU or just an idea of you? Do you know the difference?
• What story are your face and eyes telling? Your character development matters.
• Wardrobe – What works for you – What to stay away from – Do your choices compliment your eyes or pull focus from your face?
Session 2 – During the actual shoot:
• Techniques that give you confidence and strength and have you looking sensational!
• Playing music on set — knowing what music to play.
• Where you actually place your focus when looking at the lens makes a big difference?
• Are you looking at them or are they looking at you? What this means.
• Not getting stuck between frames and winding up with shtick.
• Your inner dialogue and the difference it makes for a killer look!
Session 3 – Once the shoot is over:
• What now?
• Who should I share my photos with? Why family doesn’t count.
• Who’s opinion should I trust? (See above)
• What should I do with the ones that I like? (retouching, printing, uploading, posting, sending)
This process, when done correctly, takes some time to complete. Remember, preparation is 95.5% of every job. So, be sure to schedule your headshot coaching session several weeks before you think you’d like to shoot… not after the date has been set.
EFFECTIVE HEADSHOT SESSIONS REQUIRE PROPER PREPARATION!
Do this correctly the first time and you will wind up with that killer shot you can’t wait to show everyone! As well as, many others to spare!
“Clay Banks is a dedicated, motivational coach who cares about the personal growth of each of his students. His insightful HEADSHOT COACHING SESSIONS were invaluable. He helped me to discover my type and how I wanted to present myself. In the end, I was able to get headshots which best represented the true essence of who I am as an actor.” Now, I have the best headshots that I’ve ever seen.”
~ Carrie Kennedy (actor)
HOW IT ALL WORKS –
As soon as you’re ready, click HERE to schedule your headshot coaching session. We’ll get together and layout a plan specifically for you. Next, the magic begins! Private coaching is ridiculously effective. Actors who have Photoshoot Coaching before they shoot, not only have significantly better results than those who don’t… they learn how to work the film camera much better. IT’S PROVEN — AND GUARANTEED!
Want amazing results? Want a headshot that can actually get you in the room? Let’s get started!
$ PACKAGE AND PRICING $ –
Two 1-hr Sessions + One 1/2-hr Follow-Up Session & Final Looks
$285 – 3 Sessions – Student Rate
$330 – 3 Sessions – Non-Student Rate
Still not convinced? Here’s the bottom line. HEADSHOT COACHING WILL NOT ONLY SAVE YOU TIME, FRUSTRATION AND MONEY. IT WILL SAVE YOU FROM COUNTLESS MISSED OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU CAN’T GET BACK! YOUR PICTURES ARE NOT THE PLACE TO SKIMP!
“Clay took me to a whole new level in my preparation for my shoot and the results are in the photos. I feel that anyone who is going to take time, effort and money to get new headshots would be foolish to not coach first.”
~ Collin Sutton (actor)
“I had no idea what I was doing! I didn’t know what I wanted or needed out of the shoot… but I knew I needed help before I stumbled blindly through that process again. Coach Banks worked one-on-one with me to help me figure out exactly what my goals were, giving me exact practical instructions for how to achieve them. By the time my headshot appointment came around I was so organized and focused that the photographer said I was the most prepared actress she had ever worked with… and then gave me some extra pics (looks) just for fun.”
~ Lauren Schoepher (actor)
“I’m so glad I finally took the plunge and got HEADSHOT COACHING with Coach Banks. It was well worth it!”
~ Graham Jones (actor)