Audition Photography Workshop

Audition Photography

If you’re interested in pursuing acting and/or modeling as a career, or even as a hobby, strong photography is a must. Headshots and portraiture are often the first and only things a talent agent or casting director will see. Professional looking photography can open doors to many opportunities, while amateurish photos might keep you from getting the recognition you deserve. Submitting photographs is often the first stage of a screening process many actors must go through in order to secure parts and roles for stage, film and television. It’s important to give yourself the best chance at success and having great a great portfolio is where it all starts.

What to Expect

Even to the untrained eye there’s a huge difference between a well composed headshot taken by an experienced photographer, and a snapshot taken by a friend with a smartphone. Headshots are carefully scrutinized and if something seems “off” or “unprofessional” it will shine a poor light on you, no matter how great your acting resume might be.

New actors and models can be easily mislead when it comes to getting their photos taken. While it might seem like just a simple formality, there is a reason why people leave it up to a professional. Knowing what factors can make your headshot stand out, what to expect when you meet with a photographer, and how to get the most out of your shoot, these are some of the things you will learn in this workshop that can help you get ahead in the game.

In this workshop veteran actors George Van Horn and John Ahern will discuss the role photography can play in your acting/modeling career, how to achieve your perfect “look”, and what to do with your photos once you’ve got them.

Portrait Photographer Geof Griggs will also be on hand to walk participants through the process of a photo shoot, and let them feel what it’s like to be in front of the camera.

Workshop Activities and Topics

  • Why do you need Audition Photography?
  • Look Like Your Photo
  • Keeping Photos Up to Date
  • Photos + Resumes
  • What’s a “Good” Headshot
  • Achieving the Right “Look”
  • The Importance of Looking Natural
  • Make-up, Piercings, Tattoos, Glasses, Accessories and Clothing
  • Finding a Photographer
  • Costs
  • Mini-Photo Shoot Demonstration
  • Group Discussion
  • Q&A
  • Workshop to be given in English.


    Sunday January 13th, 2019, 10:15-12:45
    Studio A, Imaike
    Green Building, 2F
    14-13 Hōnenchō
    Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 464-0076


    If you’d like to attend the workshop, please RSVP by filling in the form below. Space is limited so please sign up early to secure your seat.

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      Geof Griggs, Portrait Photographer

      California native and 20 year resident of Japan. Geof has over 35 years of photography experience and specializes in portrait, family, event, and street photography. He is particularly fond of outdoor and natural light settings. When working with actors and models Geof strives to achieve a real look and avoids staged shots.

      George Van Horn, Actor

      George Van Horn has experience with auditions as an actor and as president of a business that introduced talent to producers’ and directors’ auditions. Listen to his experiences auditioning as an extra for an NHK production, and as a talent rep to small and medium sized video and photography projects. Learn what producers and directors expect and how they choose. To support the talent that didn’t have professional photographs, he studied portrait photography and shot the photos needed to get them auditions. During the workshop he will explain and have participants practice classic posing, camera lens awareness, and how to work with a photographer.

      John Ahern, Actor

      Lost in Japan since 1990 Mr. Ahern has become a staple of Nagoya’s art scene. He’s been involved at every level, from TV commercials to train station Santa. He has an addiction to green M&Ms which we’re working very hard on curing. Even so, he remains a fount of knowledge and an important mentor to many new arrivals in the city.

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