As a photographer that shoots actor headshots, a huge part of what I do is portray actors in a way that I believe will get them the jobs they want. Before my photo shoots I often ask actors who they are and what kind of roles they want to book. Not because I want to type cast them, but because I strongly believe you have to start somewhere and that somewhere needs to be specific.

It’s a really smart thing as an actor to have an idea of where you want to go. Why are you doing this? What do you have to say as an actor? Specifically what movies do you watch and think, “I want that to be me”? What characters do you want to play and why?

Narrowing your focus and defining what you want is a process in itself. Making an acting vision board is a great way of doing that and Pinterest is a good tool to organize your board. If you’ve never used it, don’t worry, it’s easy. Take a few seconds and make yourself an account.

Make a board specifically called “Acting Vision Board”. Pin pictures of characters, shows and movies you love. The ones that made you want to be an actor in the first place. The ones that speak to your heart. Don’t pin pictures of actors you want to be like, because you are you and you will never be them.

So why do this? Well, knowing what you want is the first step in getting what you want. Knowing what you want is also necessary if you want to be able to communicate that to agents and casting directors. Early in his career, Will Smith told his manager that he wanted to be the biggest movie star of all time. So he watched the top 10 grossing movies of all time and looked for patterns within them. He then planned his career around what he discovered.

Something has to be said for knowing what you want and going after it. So many actors are tumbleweeds in the wind and can’t answer the questions, “what show do you want to be on?” or “what character do you want to play?”. Empower yourself and answer those questions.

Now let me tell you a secret! I made a vision board for my own acting (I’m both an actor and photographer). You can see it here. Not only that, but only two days after I made it, my agent called me and told me I booked a role off of my demo reel alone, no audition needed. Now, I’m not saying it was the vision board that got me the role, but I’m not saying it wasn’t either!

Do you have a vision board? Are you going to make one? Leave it in the comments so I can check it out. I want to see your dreams!

ANTOSIA FIEDUR is a heashot photographer in Toronto, Canada.

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