3 years ago, I started shooting headshots for the Baldwin Wallace University sophomore music theatre class. Last week the first class I ever photographed had their senior showcase here in NYC. The showcase is a presentation to potential agents and casting directors in the city. It’s been rewarding to follow these kids through their growth and to finally be able to see them here in the city. It’s a testament to the program when you see how much they’ve grown in just 2 years.
Back then, I was naive about how to direct a headshot session. Flying by the seat of my pants would be an understatement. I asked a few of the seniors what those headshot sessions were like. One of them related that one of her favorite images was taken right after I asked her if she would be more comfortable if she sang for me. Her incredulous smile is captured permanently as a reminder for me to never ask silly questions. I’ve learned a lot since then about working with actors, but I’ve cut my teeth with these guys and it’s just so great to see them succeed here in the city.
What makes this senior class so special to me is their individuality. I’ve met plenty of actors who fit into a cookie cutter mold of performance, taste, and personality. All these guys are being and performing with their authentic self and I think that’s key to being a great person and actor. Congrats class of 2014, can’t wait for you guys to storm the city.