And as I mentioned before, just be glad you won't be judged solely on your best 16 bars in a Broadway cattle call!
We want to hire you, not be seduced by you. Yes, your headshot can be too sexy.Completely subjective on our part, but photos shot looking into the camera seem more communicative. I guess aloof has its place, but as a default headshot, I get far less of a feeling for you than I do when I can see your eyes.Environmental settings and extra context are great, but be sure that you - and not the gak around you - are the primary focus of the shot.Above all, please try not to radiate craziness. When you have a satellite headshot taken to use in the Playbill when you sing Elettra, you can trot it out. But for a general audition, it just makes me scared.
Your RésuméWe care about this on two levels - one functional (format), and the other less tangible (professionalism/accuracy).FormatWe need to be able to find information fast. If something is buried or not represented cleanly, I may miss it entirely or misinterpret it.
On the Other Hand...
Some singers are so busy being their own publicists that they forget that their main task is to learn to sing. When you're just too tired or frustrated to deal with one more practice session, I know it's far easier to tweak the fonts on your résumé, write glowing prose for your bio, or photoshop your latest production shots for your website. These things are important and useful, but they don't take the place of those long hours in the practice room or with a score. Don't spend an inordinate amount of time polishing your image instead of your singing.
Back tomorrow, with a brief discussion of headshots.
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