What’s the difference between a commercial and a legit (or theatrical) headshot? Most actors need at least one of each, because a legit headshot is used when you audition for theater, film and television dramas, and a commercial shot is used for commercials, sitcoms and industrials. A commercial headshot should convey that you are warm, friendly and able to connect to a broad audience. Beautiful isn’t necessary, but appealing is — you’ll be trying to sell a product or a service, after all. Theatrical headshots, on the other hand, should focus more on your type, whether that’s vixen, villain or girl next door.
Actors are chameleons by trade, and this actress nailed her commercial and legit headshots in our photo shoot last week: