Top 10 Headshot Poses To Avoid

Think it’s your agent’s fault that no one is bringing you in for a callback? Perhaps you’re blaming LinkedIn’s lame algorithm for zero responses to your job inquires? Or wait, maybe all of Tinder is conspiring against you in your attempts to secure a first date. Or…perhaps…much like VPL can repel even the most promising male prospect, you’ve managed to alienate most everyone with one simple thing: your headshot.

Whether you are an aspiring artist, an accomplished professional, or just trying to break a dry spell; your headshot can say a lot about you and, more importantly, your understanding of the world in which you operate. It’s STILL all about context, people.

In no particular order – and without further adieu – I bring you the Top 10 types of headshots to avoid in a professional (and personal!) setting. We encourage you to study these poses closely and then AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS.

 

doosh

#1 The Doosh

What you think this pose says about you: I’m super laid back and uber cool.

What this pose really says about you: I mean, what? You don’t understand how hot and smart I am? Or how much money I make? C’MON!

 

Cynic

#2 The Cynic

What you think this pose says about you: I am VERY sophisticated and obviously extremely credible.

What this pose really says about you: Seriously dahling, do you honestly think I give a sh*t about anything you’re saying?

 

Come Hither

#3 The Come Hither

What you think this pose says about you: I’m very open to listening and genuinely interested in what you have to say.

What this pose really says about you: I know I’m pretty.

 

Arrogancia

#4 The Arrogancia

What you think this pose says about you: I am extremely confident and can likely handle anyone or anything you send my way.

What this pose really says about you: I have an ego the size of Texas and possibly really really really small…hands.

 

Thinker

#5 The Thinker

What you think this pose says about you: I am extremely curious about life and am deeply moved by thoughts and ideas.

What this pose really says about you: I probably talk too much and am extremely annoying in social situations.

 

Kissy

#6 The Kissy-Face

What you think this pose says about you: I’m fun and I’m, like, a total people-person and nothing bothers me.

What this pose really says about you: I’m self-absorbed and kinda dumb.

 

Coo

#7 The Too-Coo-For-Schoo

What you think this pose says about you: I’m too cool for school.

What this pose really says about you: I’m definitely not.

 

Drama

#8 The Drama Queen

What you think this pose says about you: I am to be taken seriously, as a person, as a business arteeeest…because this life, this amazing life, is just too short for trivial pursuits.

What this pose really says about you: I take myself way too seriously and as such I am a colossal pain in the ass.

 

Yikes

#9 The Do-I-Even-Need-To-Say-It (mobster, sunglasses, cigar, someone put me out of my misery)

What you think this pose says about you: Ladieeezzzzz.

What this pose really says about you: Run very very fast.

 

#10 YOU FILL IN THE HEADSHOT BLANK.

 

 

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Rebekah Iliff is a writer and the Chief Strategy Officer for AirPR. Previously, she was the CEO of talkTECH Communications, where she created an industry-first methodology for emerging technology companies which positioned talkTECH as one of the fastest growing, launch-only PR firms in the U.S. She is currently a contributing writer for Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and PRWeek's "The Hub". Rebekah holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.A. in Organizational Management and Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University at Los Angeles (AULA).

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