Each model is required to have a composite card (comp card or ZED Card). A composite card requires 4-7 photographs of the model and the model’s stats and agency/manager contact information. Your comp card is a type of standard modeling portfolio.
We strongly suggest that under Creative Director most circumstances, parents should not get professional pictures for their children. Pictures of young children will get outdated rapidly. This will either require continual and expensive re-shoots or will misrepresent your children as they grow. Casting directors will accept good quality photographs of required size for children under the age of eleven.
All casting directors will instruct you to bring a headshot and resume to every audition. Each actor is required to have a black and white headshot (size: 8″ X 10″) with an acting resume stapled to the back of that headshot. This is the most common itineration of the acting portfolio and is a requirement for all aspiring and experienced actors. Many photo companies mislead actors into getting comp cards (modeling portfolios). However, unless you are going after modeling jobs, comp cards are a waste of money.
Your portfolio – Getting your first portfolio together:
After getting an idea of what branch of the entertainment industry you want to pursue, you will want to put together a solid modeling or acting portfolio. Incorporate your own ideas and wants with industry standards and suggestions given to you by your agency in the formulation of your book.
As you begin compiling your photographs, try to create a customized grouping of pictures for each portfolio. Determine what each job calls for and try to tailor your pictures to display the side of you most suited to what your client requires. Always have copies of each picture you attach to your portfolio in case an agency or if a client wants you to mail them or wants to keep your portfolio for review.
Additionally, if you have limited photographs and are on a budget, you must keep a list of the pictures you send out so you can speak intelligently with each client about the contents of your book. This is why it is important to keep your pictures in plastic pages so they will not become worn and remain presentable. Place the photographs in a portfolio case, which can be bought at most photo supply stores as well as some larger office supply houses.
A mini-book, which is a 3″x 5″ book of photos that contains smaller versions of your original 8″x10″‘s, is often a useful tool. It is less expensive to mail and is just as effective as your larger portfolio. When sending out your portfolio, be sure to label each photograph with your name and contact information.