How To Take A Good Selfie: Actor Edition
It’s all about the selfie! No longer for teen girls and Kim Kardashian, the selfie is a highly useful self promotion technique for actors. Whether you’re wanting to promote your location, snap one with a castmate, or simply express how you’re feeling that day, selfies are an excellent option for a photo hungry fanbase.
So, how to take a good selfie, you ask? Chances are you’ve already taken a selfie or two, but these tips will keep you sharp on your selfie game:
- Find your angles. Try for an angle a little higher than your face, to avoid a double chin and any unflattering shadows. Figure out your best angles ahead of time, so if you’re selfie-ing with a castmate, you don’t end up taking too long to get a good shot.
- Don’t fake it. Your audience will be able to smell insincerity. Unless that’s the look you’re going for, try to be authentic with your photos. That means it’s okay to not have every hair perfect, or your makeup impeccable. Lena Headey is a great example; she’s the pioneer of the funny face celeb selfie.
- Be sparing with filters. If you’re using a very colorful filter, you may not be giving your audience a photo that they can get a lot of detail out of. Try to use lighter filters versus darkening ones for the best effect on your complexion and natural lines.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t get yourself in trouble by shooting part of a set that you’re not permitted to talk about, or people that don’t want to be in your selfie. Being aware of your surroundings safeguards your career, and makes you a considerate selfie taker.
- Light matters. Low light tends to be unflattering, and most front smartphone cameras don’t have as high a pixel resolution as the back camera. Basically, that means you’re going to have a lot of photo “noise”, which can get amplified when you filter your photo.
- Don’t try too hard. Fans and casting directors don’t find humblebrags cute – you know, cloaked boasting over social media – and you should be honest with your fan base!
- Avoid over posting. Keep your posting level in perspective. If you reach Kim Kardashian level selfies, you may project excessive narcissism and end up losing some of your fans. Balance your selfies with other photos, and try to include other actors you meet in your photos to keep things as interesting as possible.
Remember, practice makes perfect. If you’re feeling self conscious about your selfie skills, work through it at home… just make sure the blinds are closed.