One of the most intricate journeys you can embark on is that of headshot work. And, if you want to step the difficult level up even further, you can make things increasingly harder by working with children. Now, children are very temperamental so you have to be wary with how you approach things. I always suggest that you get to know the child with some conversation and then build out a comfortable rapport. That is how I produce these Hannah Headshots.
When speaking to children, we have to remember that we were one at some point in our lives. Adults forget children are the same at their core, and as a result, we must find a common ground interest. In this particular session, I ask Hannah of some of her favorite shows. The first show she uttered was “Buffy”. Turns out her Father would watch the original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series and they, Hannah and her sister, would watch it with him. And with that, I find my common ground.
Now that I have my common ground I am able to utilize characters and information from the show to have her mimic. Mimicry allows for a wide range of emotions, which can be crucial in acting and showing the breadth of your capability. Hannah was so good that even her younger sister was ready to show what she could do. With Hannah, I would say, give me your favorite character from the series and emulate them, she would then in turn show me anger, rage, confusion, happiness, etc. Even not referencing the show “Buffy”, I was able to tap into general emotions. Asking a question like, let’s pretend you wanted a gift all year long and christmas finally comes and you DON’T get this gift… show me that emotion or if you DID get the gift, show me that too.
As you can see, she nails every single shot.
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