Over the years as an actor I have had oodles of head shots taken.
Some have worked brilliantly i.e opened the casting door so I could get the job.
Some have been absolutely horrendous. Smudgy weird make up, a fringe which had parted at a right angle (still not quite sure why the photographer didn't tell me...I do believe she had had a few wines...but that's another story) and clothes that didn't feel or look like me.
I have been an actor for 25 years and although I don't LOVE having my photo taken, I am used to it.
I was also an acting agent for 5 years so saw a lot of head shots...again some brilliant ones and some absolutely horrendous ones.
As part of that role, I would often accompany actors to shoots to help with the direction and style but most importantly help the actor to be the most confident version of themselves.
Certainly now I have added coach, writer and speak to my portfolio and regularly featured in leading publications. I need to look the part and slick head shots are an important part of this...