My headshot is not all about me? WTF?
It is hard to think that way when you are an actor, because you think the shot is all about you. Guess what? It's not. It's about the entire shot. Casting directors are more likely to stop on a cool shot and then notice the actor. The shot will catch their eye first. That is why when you shoot with a photographer that always uses the same set up, light and backgrounds the headshots feel tired even though the actor might be great. When an actor sends me a previous headshot I usually say, "you are great in the shot but you are not getting any help." FYI, in my experience, the actor is usually right on, but the shot itself is just tired. We have seen it all before for years and years.