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What Makes a Great Headshot / Resume?
Find out from veteran headshot photographer Mark Husmann and talent agent Phil Brock how a great photo can get you in the door, and what to include on your résumé. Bring your headshot / résumé for an opportunity to get feedback (Note: a select number will be chosen as time permits).
Phil Brock received his B.A. in history and kinesiology from UCLA and his M.Ed. and teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. His first career, as a teacher and sports coach, was in inner-city Los Angeles high schools. Following his teaching career, he was CEO for a chain of stores throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
When friends convinced him that he could turn his great stage presence and public-speaking skills into a career in entertainment, he became an actor. After rigorous training, he built a résumé of numerous appearances in film, television, and theatre. He opened his own talent-management firm, the Studio Talent Group, in 1995, determined that his company would survive at least one year. Many years later, he has not only succeeded but increased the ranks of his working clients.
A member of three acting guilds and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, he sees the entertainment world from the actor's side of the casting desk and can easily pinpoint the spots where the actor needs work. His career as a coach and teacher makes him a strong motivator, and his CEO experience makes him an expert marketer.
Mark Husmann has been doing headshots for more than 20 years. His original photographs have helped launch the careers of Brad Pitt, Megan Mullally, David Schwimmer, and James Franco. Other familiar faces he has photographed include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kyle McLaughlin, Terri Garr, Daisy Fuentes, Lori Petty, Marg Helgenberger, Scott Bakula, and Hank Azaria. He says the most important part of a picture is the eyes, and he has created a studio that is stress-free and he makes the process fun. To view his portfolio, visit his website at www.markhusmann.com. Says Husmann, "It's not the actor's responsibility to take a great headshot. It's mine."
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