Should Headshots Be Color or Black & White?
Acting headshots have been around for a long time. Originally, they were black and white, and over time became color as well. Once the switch happened, it was only natural for actors to get confused: should headshots be color or black and white?
If you are an Opera performer, you can use black and white headshots. Any other performer now needs color headshots. It’s just the way the business works now (at least in the United States). A color headshot reveals your exact eye and hair color, the tone of your skin, and it helps immensely to cut time in the casting process. Black and white photos say to a casting director or agent that you are either behind the times or unaware of the current trend in your profession.
For website, branding, social media, and other marketing purposes, a black and white image is perfectly fine. In fact, using a variety of images in your marketing makes you stand out! But when it comes to online casting submissions and printed headshots for auditioning, the bottom line is you must have color headshots.