What are “Profiles”?

By Webmaster

  • What are “Profiles”?

    Profiles give casting a more complete picture of how the actor looks when performing on-camera

    (by Tonya Tannenbaum)

    (Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash)

    Profiles are a request for additional information about an actor’s appearance, particularly what they look like when they are viewed from either side of their faces and body. Profiles give casting a more complete picture of how the actor looks when performing on-camera.

    A Closer Look at Profiles

    In on-camera auditions, actors mostly perform while facing the camera. Casting is able to view the actor’s face and body mainly from the front angle. However, this process does not give casting a close-up view of the actor from the sideview.

    This presents a problem, if casting needs to see how the actor appears on camera from the side. The solution to this dilemma is to ask the actor to do profiles prior to commencing their audition.

  • Here’s how the profile process is generally done:

    1. The actor slates his or her name.

    2. The actor fully turns their entire body to one side and holds that position for a moment, while the camera captures the image.

    3. The actor, then, fully turns their entire body to the other side and holds that position for a moment, while the camera captures that image.

    4. If the actor or actress has long hair, they are usually asked to shift their hair out of view of their face each time they turn.

    5. Sometimes while doing profiles, actors are also asked to turn fully around, with their backs to the camera, so casting can view them from the back.

    (Photo by Brianna Mills on Unsplash)

    Why Are Profiles Important?

    The actor’s audition might be performed primarily facing the camera. However, when the actor performs the actual job, they might appear partially, if not entirely, from the side. This is why casting needs to see the actor from the sideview during the audition process.
    Casting needs to know, for example, if an actor has:

    • a slender build or a large build
    • a small or larger chest size
    • a flat stomach or a beer belly
    • long or short hair
    • a large or small nose

    Profiles can also reveal things like tattoos and scars that might be problematic to casting.

  • Hands

    Sometimes, the actor’s hands are important for casting to view. For instance, an actor might be auditioning for a McDonald’s commercial, where they will be biting into a juicy Big Mac.

    Since the camera will be close-up on the Big Mac, the camera will also be close-up on the actor’s hands as they hold the burger and bite into it.

    Naturally, casting will want to know if the actor has:

    • big hands or smaller hands
    • large fingers or smaller fingers
    • scars or tattoos on their hands
    • rough or excessively-wrinkled hands

    When casting requires a view of the actor’s hands, the process usually goes as follows:

    1. The actor holds both their hands up near – but not covering – their faces, palms-in

    2. The actor holds that position for a brief moment

    3. The actor turns their hands around, palms-out

    4. The actor holds that position for a brief moment

    5. After casting gains a full view of both sides of their hands, the actor brings their hands down to their sides.

    Recommended Posts

  • Ad

  • Why Building Relationships with Casting Directors is So Important

    Why Building Relationships with Casting Directors is So Important One of the best ways to improve your odds is to emphasize relationship-building as a core part of your strategy for success (by Carmichael…

    “You can’t rely on anyone to hand you anything in this business. Ever! So, just be creative.” (Joe Manganiello)

    “You can’t rely on anyone to hand you anything in this business. Ever! So, just be creative.” “So many times I meet people who [ask me], you know, ‘do you have any advice…

    What is the “Private Moment Exercise”?

    What is the “Private Moment Exercise”? The concentration that it takes to have a private moment in public, empowers the actor to bring a higher level of concentration to a character (by Tonya…

    Funny Feel-Facts, Part II

    Funny Feel-Facts, Part II (by Carmichael Phillips) Here are 5 more feel-facts about acting I’ve uncovered. Part 1 of my Feel-Facts series brought some laughs and inflamed some tensions, so I thought I’d…

    3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Do Student Films

    3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Do Student Films Yep. Sometimes they really do suck! (by Carmichael Phillips) Alright. Let’s light this candle! We’ve already given you the lowdown on how student films…

  • Ad

  • “No amount of failure…can dissuade a determined actor.” (Susan Saint James)

    “Through my own experiences and achievements, I have found that no amount of encouragement, help, or advice can make an unmotivated person a star, while at the same time, no amount of failure,…

    Set Aside One Day Each Week for Your Acting Business

    Set Aside One Day Each Week for Your Acting Business How setting aside an entire day can improve your acting business (by Jim Webb) The #actorslife is a hectic one. Between your survival…

    How to Turn Your Audition Trash into Audition Treasure

    How to Turn Your Audition Trash into Audition Treasure What if you used every bad audition as a kind of audition technique class? (by Carmichael Phillips) Let’s say, your recent audition was an…

  • Ad

  • What is “Type”?

    What is “Type”? An actor’s type plays an essential role in the casting process (by Tonya Tannenbaum) An actor’s “type” refers to the initial impression the average person tends to have about an…

    “The actor must constantly respond to stimuli that are imaginary.” (Lee Strasberg)

    “The human being who acts is the human being who lives. That is a terrifying circumstance. Essentially, the actor acts a fiction, a dream; in life, the stimuli to which we respond are…

    Don’t Audition Solely for the Purpose of Booking the Role

    Don’t Audition Solely for the Purpose of Booking the Role Always act in truth. (By Jim Webb) You are behind on your bills. You’re facing money shortages. You’re not entirely sure how you’ll…

    5 Good Reasons to Do Student Films

    5 Good Reasons to Do Student Films There are many actors who can cite chapter and verse their negative experiences doing student films. They can be a bit of a mixed bag. But…

    “If you want to be an actor…that has nothing to do with Hollywood.” (William H. Macy)

    “It’s one thing to become a better actor, it’s another thing to want to be somebody, or to want to be a star, or to get recognition. If you want to be an…

  • Ad

  • What is a “Student Film”?

    What is a “Student Film”? It is the making of the film itself, rather than the content of the film, that usually provides the educational value (by Tonya Tannenbaum) A “student film”, as…

    “This is a business of rejection.” (Bill Duke)

    “There’s a difference between waiting to be discovered by someone and discovering yourself. Waiting to be discovered and discovering yourself is a different consciousness.” (Bill Duke) Duke went on to explain: “This is…

    3 Reasons Your Audition Ended Quickly

    3 Reasons Your Audition Ended Quickly The speediness of the audition may have nothing at all to do with the actor’s performance in the audition room (by Jim Webb) That sinking feeling you…

  • Ad

  • 5 Basic Facts about Lee Strasberg

    5 Basic Facts about Lee Strasberg Here are some basic facts about the life and career of Mr. Lee Strasberg (by Jim Webb) Lee Strasberg was one of the most influential acting teachers…

    “I think it’s important to stand out and make bold decisions.” (Dacre Montgomery)

    “I think it’s important (for actors) to stand out and make bold decisions. And I think that, there’s not enough people in the world that encourage that for artists. And I think for…

    5 Funny Feel-Facts About Acting

    5 Funny Feel-Facts About the Business of Acting They’re not necessarily true for all actors. You can argue that they’re not true at all. But they feel good to say, so I said…

    3 Minor Violations to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé

    3 Minor Violations to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé When it comes to an actor’s résumé, there are differing levels of crime that an actor can commit. Here are 3 Minor Violations. (by…

    “If you get good enough, all that other stuff will take care of itself.” (Ed Harris)

    “I would just say, if this is something you’re pursuing as an actor… It’s one thing to learn about acting, it’s one thing to become a better actor, it’s another thing to want…

  • Ad

  • What are “Profiles”?

    What are “Profiles”? Profiles give casting a more complete picture of how the actor looks when performing on-camera (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Profiles are a request for additional information about an actor’s appearance, particularly…

    You’re Not Really Acting When You’re Over-Acting

    You’re not really acting when you’re over-acting It’s amateurish and does a disservice to the script, your fellow actors and to the audience. (by Jim Webb) It’s understandable for aspiring actors to want…

    “Don’t become an actor, unless you HAVE to.” (Mandy Patinkin)

    “Don’t become an actor, unless you HAVE to.” (Mandy Patinkin) Here’s the best thing I ever heard about acting, that my wife said: “Don’t do it (become an actor), unless you have to.”…

  • Ad

  • Today’s Rundown

    TODAY’S RUNDOWN Thought of the day: Thinking of quitting your acting career? Hang in there! You don’t have to have all the answers today. You only have to survive the day. #actorslife  …

    What is a “Sense Memory”?

    What is a “Sense Memory”? Armed with a sense memory, the actor’s experience is no longer rooted in fantasy. It is now real to them. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Sense memory is an acting…

    Booking Commercials: Talent, Looks or Luck?

    Booking Commercials: Talent, Looks or Luck? What does it take for an actor to be successful in commercials? (by Carmichael Phillips) What does it take for an actor to be successful in commercials?…

    What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”?

    What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”? Regardless of what one might call them, these changes are usually necessary for a thorough evaluation of the actor’s fitness for the role being cast (By Tonya…

    Never Apologize When You Make a Mistake During an Audition

    Never Apologize When You Make a Mistake During an Audition Don’t apologize during an audition. Ever. If you stumble over your words or make a mistake, simply correct it. Confidently. (by Carmichael Phillips)…

    Never Do This on Your Acting Résumé!

      Never Do This on Your Acting Résumé! This is a brief “NEVER and WTF Were You Thinking!” list (By Carmichael Phillips) Sometimes there are “Should and Shouldn’t” lists. Sometimes there are “Do…

    5 General Rules for Demo Reels

      5 General Rules for Demo Reels Before you get knee-deep into this endeavor, there are a few general rules you should consider. (By Jim Webb) Are you putting your first demo reel…

    Before You Approach an Agent, Get Your S@#t Together!

    Before You Approach an Agent, Get Your S@#t Together! Before you approach an agent, make sure that you are ready to present yourself as an actor who understands the business and understands what…