Headshots and what the famous actors say..

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Actors. All, even the famous ones, started somewhere and still, or once upon a time needed a headshot. And they also have opinions on them. Hereby some funny, interesting, heartfelt quotes to start your Friday off right. Hope you have a great weekend!

Every artist is a walking business. Your marketing tools are your headshots and your reel. That’s what people see that’s what you’re out there pushing trying to get a rep and that isn’t easy. – Jay Ellis. 

I didn’t have an agent, I didn’t have a headshot. I didn’t even know if anyone would know where to find me. I just went back to high school and started playing with my band. – Jason Schwartzman

I have a bunch of headshots that I like to throw at people – with some backups. I give them like three copies just so they don’t forget me. – Ken Jeong

I think what makes so many other actors miserable is focusing completely on making other plans. They’re obsessed with their haircut and their headshot and their agent, their IMDB profile or whatever. – Nick Offerman

More quotes

For one year, i was Keith Mitchell Coogan on my headshots. The next year, I was just Keith Coogan. And I have gone by that ever since, maybe 1984 or 1985. That is my mothers maiden name, and it was out of reverence for my grandfather. – Keith Coogan

Many casting directors won’t hire aspiring actors because you might be burning some chick’s headshot under the table so she doesn’t get the part. – Olivia Wilde

I feel more comfortable when I’m somber else, I think. When I’m taking a picture as myself, the whole idea of taking a headshot, to me, feels very false. – Miss Pyle

My headshot is a scratch and a sniff, it smells like failure and onions. – Zach Galifianakis

Ready to get your career started? Book your session now! 

Corporate headshots

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Corporate headshots. Zen Studios LA has premium packages for business professionals for corporate headshots. We can shoot companies of any size as well as individuals. Either in our studio or on location. Call us to book your session 310.684.3596. We have experience shooting business, corporate, executive headshots and Linked-in photos. 

Having professional corporate headshots is extremely important. Most of the time it is the first impression you make on your potential customer. Or on your future employer. That is why you can’t get away with a vacation snapshot on your Linked-in profile. Having a professional photo for you business makes your business stand out. 

Corporate headshots

At Zen Studios L.A. we have lots of experience shooting business headshots for all sorts of companies. Whether you are in a more formal or the creative industry we can accommodate you at your office or receive you at our studio. When shooting with Zen Studios you can relax, we know how to guide you to the right pose and make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. We only use high quality equipment and processing techniques and we’ll bring several choices of backgrounds. For companies we offer different packages, so please contact us to ask for a quote for your business. 

The studio is conveniently located in the heart of Koreatown. Call 310.684.3596 for a quote. 

 

 

 

The 4 Keys to Learning Anything

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By Leo Babauta

I’ve been studying how to learn, as I try to teach myself new skills … and absolutely love learning new things. But I keep running up against a few key problems:

  1. Becoming overwhelmed. The more you learn, the more you see there is to learn. The beginner doesn’t know how much there is to study, but as you start to explore, you find new caverns, and they are immense. Then as you explore those caverns, you find even bigger ones. It can become overwhelming, and lots of people eventually give up because of this feeling.
  2. Failure feels bad. If you want to learn to play chess, you’ll lose a lot at first. Then you get better, and lose a lot. In fact, no matter how good you get, you’ll probably lose a bunch of times. This happens not just with games, but with learning languages, physical skills, academic subjects — you’ll fail a lot. There are ways to set it up so that you rarely fail, but then you’re not really learning much.
  3. It can feel like you’re just treading water. In a fantasy world, you’d learn at a breakneck pace, downloading new skills and knowledge into your brain like they do in the Matrix. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. You read and read, or practice and practice, and a lot of the time you barely get better. Other people seem to be learning at twice your speed! Sometimes it seems like you’re not learning anything. This can be really discouraging.
  4. There’s always a strong feeling of uncertainty. Humans don’t like the feeling of uncertainty, for the most part. We avoid it, become afraid of it, get angry or frustrated. But when you try to learn a new skill, it’s almost all uncertainty. You constantly forget things, you don’t understand anything, or when you think you do understand, you try it and it turns out you didn’t understand at all. This feeling of uncertainty causes a lot of people to give up.

OK, so we all want to learn skills — new languages, programming skills, physical skills, history, math, writing, games, so much more. But these four problems stand in our way.

Let’s take them on. We’re going to discover four keys to overcoming these four problems, so that we can tackle anything we want to learn.

First Key: Small Focuses

Yes, it’s true: there’s a vast amount of things to learn, and it can be overwhelming. But that’s true of life itself — there’s so much to see and do, and no one can ever do it all. All we can do is one step at a time.

So we have to not focus on all the innumerable huge caverns that have yet to be explored … but the ground right in front of us.

What small area can we study right now?

What small focus can we conquer? What little area can we explore?

Ignore all the vast uncharted territories for now, shut the rest of the world out, and just be in this one place. Just study this one thing. One small step at a time, a few small steps each day, and we can explore a lot over time.

Second Key: Flip Failure on Its Head

Did you all see the video of Deepmind’s AI after it taught itself to walk? The amazing thing about this is that it did all of that through trial and error. Every single mistake was a lesson.

In fact, that’s similar to how we learn. We don’t know that our knowledge is wrong until we test it out and see whether it works. We can’t truly learn something new until we try and fail a bunch of times.

We all learned to walk that way … wobbly, falling down, until we got the hang of it. That’s also how we learned to talk, to feed ourselves with a spoon, etc. Sure, we had the benefit of being able to see examples of doing it right, but we had to try and fail a whole lot of times before we got it.

Unfortunately, at some point we start to fear failure, but that fear is just holding us back. Failure is really the learning process. Every loss at chess, every falling down when we’re learning a backflip … those are lessons.

So instead of looking at failure as “bad,” we have to flip it on its head. Failure is a lesson, an opportunity to get better, a wise old teacher telling us where we need to focus our learning efforts.

When you fail, smile and say thank you for the lesson.

Third Key: Find Enjoyment in the Process

It’s a tough thing when we feel we’re not making progress, that things are moving too slowly. We want to get to expert level (or at least “advanced beginner”) as quickly as we can, and when it takes five times as long, we can get frustrated.

The answer is to forget about the pace of our progress, but just focus on enjoying the process of learning.

It’s like when you go on a hike, and you’re fixed on getting to your beautiful destination … but it’s a long journey, and you get frustrated by how long it’s taking. Instead, focusing on the journey itself is a better way of traveling. Enjoy the scenery, the exertion, the beauty of each step.

When we’re learning, instead of focusing on where we want to be, we can enjoy the particular focus we’re studying right now. We can be grateful for where we are, for having the opportunity to learn at all. We can enjoy the falling down, and any progress we’ve made so far.

Whenever we find ourselves wishing things were moving faster, that’s a good sign to change focus to where we are.

Fourth Key: Learn to Relish Uncertainty

I think the uncertainty of learning something new, of being in such a foreign place, is probably the most difficult thing. We don’t like that uncertainty, and we usually shy away from it.

With conscious practice, we can change our feeling about uncertainty. We can start to find the joy in this place of not knowing, of not being in complete control, of not having solid ground under our feet. That might sound weird, but it’s possible.

Let’s take a few examples:

  • You’re learning to play Go, and you are playing your first few games. You keep losing, you don’t have any idea where you should play, you worry that every stone you place is a big mistake. This is a place of uncertainty. Can you enjoy this process of trying something and not knowing how it will turn out? Be curious about what might happen when you play your moves? See it as an exciting opportunity to experiment, to explore, to play and have fun!
  • When you’re learning a language, you might be deeply afraid of speaking, because you don’t know what you’re doing (uncertainty). But if you don’t speak, you’ll never learn. So instead of fearing this uncertainty, you dive in and make a complete fool of yourself. Better to be a fool who’s learning than the chicken who doesn’t learn anything new. It’s like dancing wildly with random moves in the middle of a crowd … just have fun being silly! You can do the same thing with speaking a new language — try it, look foolish, enjoy this place of wild abandon.
  • When you’re learning to play music, you can get stuck on the certainty of learning songs from sheet music, because it’s easy to just follow pre-written instructions. But you don’t really learn until you put the sheet music away and try to play the song on your own. And you really learn when you try to play without following someone else’s pre-written music — just playing your own song, riffing and making it up as you play. Of course it’s much more uncertain, and will probably suck. But so what? Just have fun and make stuff up. Relish this place of creation and uncertainty.

So uncertainty can be enjoyed if we think of it as play. If we think of it as creation, learning, exploration, curiosity, finding out, experimenting, openness and newness. It’s courage.

Be courageous today, and put yourself in a place of uncertainty. And then let your heart fill up with the freedom of not knowing and flying without a plan.

F.A.Q

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Questions, we them a lot at Zen Studios L.A. So we made a list with the most frequent asked questions hoping to answer any questions you have before coming into the shoot, during or after! If after reading you still have a different questions; please write us. We’ll gladly answer them and add them to the list so it can help someone else out! 

Where to crop headshots for actors?

Close to the face. Sometimes they chop off a bit of the actor’s hairline, CD/Agent knows that its there. It is important that a headshot convey’s a feeling, the cropping of the headshot can help with this. Placing the eyes a bit higher in the photo can help to draw more attention to it, as the eyes are always drawn towards the upper portion of a picture first plus it gives them strength. Showing neck and shoulders will give the viewer an idea of what type of body you have. The clothing that you wear in a headshot will enforce your look along with your expression.

Where to crop headshots for business?

Crop above the chest, right above where the tie meets the jacket and make sure the whole face is in the picture. So do not chop off the hair. Keep the face in the top third of the image. If you crop tight, keep the face centered same goes for when you are standing on an angle. You can use a grid and align the eye line with the top line of the grid.

Where to print headshots in Los Angeles?

At Zen Studios we work with Digital Color House (www.digitalcolorhouse.net) and give you 15% off after shooting with us on printing your headshots.

Industry size for headshots is 8×10. Industry standard is Luster/Matte prints. The advantage of Luster prints is that they do not show fingerprints like glossy prints do, which is why agents and casting directors prefer that print.

Print your resume in black and white print on 8×10 and staple it to the back of your headshot. Industry standard is to attach resume to the headshots and not to print directly on the back of headshots (which is great so you can keep your resume up to date without having to reprint also the headshot; save some money)

Where to send headshots?

To send your headshots to agencies get a 11×14 inch envelope, address it to the specific department you are submitting to. Staple your resume to the back of your headshot and write a short cover letter in which you explain what kind of representation you are looking for. Make sure you include if you were referred by someone, and your experience that might not reflect from your resume.

Who to send headshots to?

When you are looking for an agent or manager you will submit your headshot to their office. When going in for an audition make sure you bring your headshot with your resume attached to the back of it.

Who needs headshots?

For actors headshots are their most important marketing tool. It is the first thing agents and Casting Directors see.
Professional headshots are recognized as more and more important as your LinkedIn profile is your online business card.
And with online dating, headshots for dating profile are now becoming a thing.

Are headshots black and white?

No, in the U.S. the industry standard is color for headshots.

Are headshots matte or glossy?

Headshots are matte, so they don’t show fingerprints.

Are headshots important?

Yes, headshots are an actors single most important marketing tool. It is the fist thing a casting director and agent see.

How much headshots cost?

Price of headshots depend on where you take them. In cities as L.A. and N.Y. you can expect the price to be higher. For a business headshot, you’ll generally pay somewhere between $100 and $250. For a modeling or acting headshot prices will range between $200 to $400.

What size headshots do I need?

Headshots are supposed to be cropped 8×10

What is headshots only?

Headshots only means that the stylist and Make Up artist are not included in the session and you will have to book those separate or do it yourself.

Who does headshots?

To get your headshot taken you should search for a professional headshot photographer.

Where to take headshots?

You can choose to take headshots outside or indoors in a studio. When outside you are more dependent on weather and light which all of that can be controlled in a studio.

What do headshots cost?

Price of headshots depend on where you take them. In cities as L.A. and N.Y. you can expect the price to be higher. For a business headshot, you’ll generally pay somewhere between $100 and $250. For a modeling or acting headshot prices will range between $200 to $400.

What are headshots printed on?

Headshots are printed on matte paper.

Are headshots tax deductions?

Yes, you can write off the costs of your headshots,, duplications, classes, coaches, and resumes and also the editing of your reel and voiceover tape and other promotional efforts.

Just make sure you have receipts and expense records to back them up.

Why are professional headshots important?

Yes, headshots are an actors single most important marketing tool. It is the fist thing a casting director and agent see. As this is a very competitive business, taking a headshot with your phone will make you look amateur.

What is a headshot photographer?

A headshot photographer is specialized in taking pictures of a person’s head and shoulder with an emphasis on a person’s face.

Headshots what size?

The industry standard for actor headshots is 8×10.

Where to get headshots for LinkedIn?

When choosing a photographer for your professional headshot check their work to see if they have experience taking business portraits.

Where to get headshots in Los Angeles?

As Los Angeles is the entertainment capitol there are plenty of headshot photographers to choose from. When doing your research make sure you choose a photographer you are comfortable with and whose work reflects the kind of headshots that you want.

Who prints headshots?

There are many different printing agencies for headshots that print good quality but you can even get them printed at Staples.

What are headshots for acting?

A headshot is a photograph of a person’s head and shoulders, emphasizing on the face.

Professional headshots what to wear?

Of course it depends on the type of business that you are in, in the creative industry you are less likely to have a suit and tie image whereas in the corporate industry, that is the standard. So try to keep that in mind and wear clothes that are comfortable but have a great fit. Layers look good on camera, so a jacket works well. Make sure you bring a variety of necklines as these influence how your face will look. Make sure your clothes are pressed and that they look new or like new. The color of your shirt can help emphasize the color of your eyes.

Avoid wearing white, busy patterns, large lines/stripes/big logo’s and turtlenecks. Don’t overdress.

Make sure you wear something that makes you feel good and comfortable.

Headshots what colors to wear?

Plain colors. Patterns and prints will distract from your face. Blue, green, wine and purple are good colors to wear. Avoid wearing pastels, beige, cream, peach or yellow because they will blend in too much with your face. Make sure you bring different options to the photo session.

What are headshots supposed to look like?

A headshot is supposed to look like you on your best day.

Headshots what to know?

Know your type and age range and what shows you are auditioning for. The clearer you have in mind and examples on paper what your headshot should look like, the bigger the chance on a great headshot.

Headshots how to photograph?

Make sure you focus on the eyes. Try and find the best angle, a lot of times actors are not used to looking straight into the camera so make sure you guide them through this and help them.

Headshots how to pose?

Make sure you rehearse your facial expressions at home in front of the mirror so you can be comfortable when looking down the lens of the camera. Communicate with your eyes and make sure you keep your back straight.

Headshots what lens?

The lens that you use for headshots can vary depending on what result you are looking for.

Are headshots expensive?

Price of headshots depend on where you take them. In cities as L.A. and N.Y. you can expect the price to be higher. For a business headshot, you’ll generally pay somewhere between $100 and $250. For a modeling or acting headshot prices will range between $200 to $400.

How to choose headshot photographer?

Do your research online. Ask your friends and colleagues for references. Make sure the photographer has experience working with your type.

What is a headshot photographer?

A headshot photographer specializes in headshot photography which, according to wikipedia is: ‘A headshot is a photographic technique where the focus of the photograph is a person’s face.’

Questions to ask a headshot photographer?

Some questions you could ask your headshot photographer are:

What does the price include? Hair and make-up? Proof prints or CD? Final prints? Retouching?
How much time do I have for the session?
About how many shots will I have to choose from?
Do you use a studio or location? Can I choose?
Do you help with wardrobe?
Can you help me book a make up artist?
What is your payment policy?
How many ‘looks’ are included in the session?

Do you tip a headshot photographer?

You can, if you want to;)

A nice gesture as a thank you note or gift card is always appreciated but not mandatory.

The Mindfulness of Pure Experience

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By Leo Babauta

Dropping any story or narrative in your head about what’s happening right now … what are the sensations you’re feeling at this moment?

What are you smelling, tasting, feeling, hearing, seeing? What colors, textures, qualities of light can you perceive? What does it feel like where your body makes contact with your clothing, with your chair, with the earth?

This is your pure sensory experience, and it is rare that most of us let ourselves just stay in this place.

Usually, we’re caught up in a narrative about ourselves, our lives, our current situation, other people. We might notice the pure experience, but almost immediately we start judging it, wishing it were different, getting upset at it, or wishing it didn’t have to change.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with having thoughts about our experience — it’s natural. But it can be the cause of anxiety, fear, unhappiness, frustration.

Dropping into the mindfulness of pure experience is a way we can deal with those problems, in any moment.

Actually this is what meditation is, for the most part — dropping into pure experience. Many people misunderstand, and think, “I shouldn’t be thinking! I’m screwing this up, because I keep having thoughts.” This is not a problem. When you meditate, thoughts will come up. You will get lost in a train of thought.

What you want to do, in meditation, is get better at noticing when you’re lost in a train of thought. Then, after noticing, simply return the the immediate sensations of your breath and the rest of your current experience. It’s like waking up from a dream. Meditation is training to wake up more often, and stay awake longer.

Let’s talk about dropping out of thought and into pure experience.

What Pure Experience Is

So what do I mean by “pure experience”? Isn’t everything part of our experience, including thoughts? Yes, that’s technically correct (the best kind of correct), but it’s useful to distinguish between our train of thoughts (what I like to call our “story” or “narrative” about our experience) and the actual sensations of what’s happening right now.

A couple examples of the difference between the two:

  • You feel coldness on your skin (sensation). You immediately think, “This sucks, I don’t like the cold, I need to get warmer.” This is your narrative about the situation, your interpretation, your judgment. It makes you unhappy. The pure experience of cold, without judgment or narrative, is just a sensation.
  • You’re in an airport, and there are noises from people talking all around you, smells from the pretzel shop, light and colors and shapes and visual textures, and more. These are your sensory experience. Your story about how irritating the people are, or how you need to get a cinnamon pretzel in your belly right now, are your thoughts, judgments, narrative. The story can cause you to be unhappy with the situation, but the sensations are just sensations.

So right now, you can notice your sensory experience:

  1. What can you hear? Take a moment to pay attention to all auditory sensations you are receiving.
  2. What light can you see? What is its quality?
  3. What colors and shapes can you see? Soak in the visual sensory information you’re receiving.
  4. What touch sensations can you notice in your body right now? Can you feel your feet, your butt on a chair, your jaw, your chest?

What do you notice? Can you be curious about these sensations, and stay with them?

Noticing Thoughts, and Returning to Pure Experience

What happens when you (inevitably) start thinking about the sensations instead of staying with them?

Well, this can lead to an extended daydream as you get lost in the narrative about your experience. Now you’re not actually experiencing the moment, but caught in your story and judgments.

These judgments usually aren’t helpful — they say some version of, “I don’t like this situation (or other person, or something about myself) and I want it to be different.” Or, “I love this so much and I never want it to end, but it will, oh why does it have to end?” Either way, we can be unhappy, frustrated, clinging to what we don’t want to lose or rejecting what we don’t want to experience.

Instead, we can let go of the story, let go of the judgment, and return to the sensations.

We can practice getting better at noticing whether we’re “in our head” or “in our body.” That means noticing whether you’re lost in thoughts, or present with your experience.

Once we notice being lost in thoughts, we don’t have to judge that. We can just notice, non-judgmentally, and then make it a habit to return to sensation. What sensations can you notice right now?

Don’t judge the sensations, just pay attention to them. Don’t push them away and wish they were different, just be curious about them. Don’t cling to them if you like them, but notice with gratitude and let them flow past you lightly.

This is returning to pure experience, with mindfulness and gratitude.

This is the joyful mindfulness of the present moment. Practice now!

Headshots Los Angeles wardrobe

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It’s old news that your wardrobe tells a lot about you. That is why your headshots wardrobe is very important. 

Your clothing reveals a lot about you, how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you. What you wear informs others of your type of employment, your ambitions, emotions and spending habits. That is why in the entertainment industry, where you only get little time to show who you are and what you can do you have to be very aware which message you want to bring across. As a headshot is the first thing a CD will see, and judge you on, make sure you are dressed to impress.

Wardrobe


Wearing the right thing for a headshot session is simple but not easy. It has to bring out your personality. So hereby a blog post dedicated to some do’s and don’ts concerning wardrobe. The most important thing is that you bring clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in. 

Do’s and don’ts

Do bring clothes that are new or look like new. Take the time to get them dry-cleaned and steamed. No wrinkly, old or washed out tops.
You can bring accessories that show your personality, this could be a scarf, glasses, jewelry or even a hat. Try to avoid logos and lots of writing on T-shirts. This is very distractive and most likely you will only see a small part of it. Don’t wear white, pastels or black, unless it’s a white T-shirt under a jacket, a black leather jacket or a suit. On the other hand, bright, primary colors are great for headshots!

Fitness

The name says it already, a headshot, so you don’t have to bother bringing pants (besides the ones you’re wearing, of course), skirts or shoes. We won’t be shooting that part. Unless we are shooting for fitness which has become much more popular in the recent years. Then you should bring work out shoes and yoga pants! Stick to solid colors and avoid clothes with wild patterns on them, this can work for kids but not so much for adults.

Headshots Los Angeles

Make sure you do your homework and you know how to market yourself. How do other people see you? What type of characters are in your range? So, what you wear tells a lot about you and gives the CD an idea what kind of character you can portray. Bring color that bring out your best features. If you have blue eyes, a blue or green color usually looks good on you and really bring out your eyes. A few days before the shoot think about what you’re going to wear. Try it on at home and make sure the fit of the top is still right and that you get it cleaned and steamed before brining it in. Here you can download our guide with more do’s and don’ts to check before coming to a headshot session, so you have your headshots wardrobe ready on the day of the shoot!

Don’t hesitate to call us and ask any questions you have regarding wardrobe! 

5 Ways to Simplify Today

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By Leo Babauta

Living a life of simplicity can be a beautiful thing. But simplifying itself can seem like an overwhelming process.

So I recommend simplicity in your simplifying.

Instead of trying to simplify your whole life, tossing out all your clutter and paring your schedule to just meditation and writing your novel … how about just simplifying one thing?

Simplifying one thing is doable. You don’t have to simplify everything today — you’ve got ages to do all of that.

Simplicity is the path.

You can pick one of the ideas below and implement it today. If it works well, continue it tomorrow. Or try one of the other ideas. And do it with a smile!

  1. Single-task. The next thing you choose to do … do only that. Close everything else, put your phone away, and just focus on that one task. If you’re reading this article, stay with it and do nothing else until you’re done reading. When you decide to check social media, check one at a time and do it fully and with mindfulness. When you go for a walk, have nothing to listen to or look at, other than the nature all around you. One thing at a time: wash one dish, just write, just eat. This is such a simple idea, and it’s doable right now.
  2. Use in-between spaces as mini-meditations. When you’re done with one thing, instead of rushing to the next, pause. Enjoy this in-between space. Notice how you’re feeling, what’s around you, what you just did, what your intention is for what you’re about to do. When you’re going somewhere else, whether it’s just another part of the office or another part of your city … just enjoy this time fully, as if it’s just as important as anything else you do, and don’t rush past it.
  3. Let go of one commitment. Our lives are so full because we say yes to so much, and our commitments pile up over time. You can greatly simplify your life by letting go of one commitment. What isn’t fulfilling you? What can you get out of today by telling them you just don’t have space for it? Practice saying no with confidence and love.
  4. Be fully present with someone. Pick someone today to be with fully. Put away your phone, let go of anything else you’re thinking about, and just be with them. Listen to them. Try to fully see them. Open your heart to them. Send them your love. If you do this with one person a day, which is such a simple thing to do, your life will become better through better relationships and connection.
  5. Clear one space. Find one little area in your work space or home, and declutter it. Just the amount of space that you can hug. For example, just a little space on your desk or kitchen counter. Let this be the blissful oasis of peace and simplicity that will ripple outward to the rest of your life!

These are five little things you can do no matter what you have going on today — don’t do all five things, but just pick one.

And enjoy the simplicity that comes with the doing.

My New Course: Living the Simple Life

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By Leo Babauta

I started simplifying my life in 2005, about 12 years ago, and since then I’ve not only learned a lot about it, but have written books on simplicity as well. It’s been one of the best changes I’ve made in my life.

Simplicity has brought less stress, more peace, better finances, more focus, and most importantly … space in my life for what’s most important to me.

Some of the key things I’ve been able to do because of simplicity:

  • Get my finances in order and (eventually) get out of debt
  • Have quiet time in the morning to meditate, read and do my most important work
  • Make time for exercise, which helped me get in much better shape
  • Make time for my wife and kids, where I didn’t have time before
  • Create a business that I love
  • Enjoy the spaces between all of the above

It might sound like I’m exaggerating the benefits of simplicity, but I really believe that it helped me with all those areas and more. Not magically overnight, but slowly and with effort, of course. But it happened, when I struggled with it all before.

So I’m doing a video course in my Sea Change Program this month called “Living the Simple Life.”

Here’s how it works:

  1. Every week this month I’ll publish two video lessons
  2. There’s a challenge to spend 5-10 minutes each day to simplify part of your life
  3. There are weekly check-in threads in the forum and discussion threads for each lesson
  4. I’ll hold a live video webinar on Simplifying & Letting Go on July 15
  5. I’ll also try to answer questions submitted on the forum

And here are the lessons in the Living the Simple Life course:

  1. Why Simplify, & What a Simple Life Looks Like
  2. Simplifying Possessions, a Little at a Time
  3. Simplifying Your Day
  4. Simplifying Finances
  5. Simplifying in a Simple Way
  6. Obstacles to Simplicity
  7. Simple Productivity
  8. 3 Keys to Living Life Simply

This is all included in my Sea Change Program, which you can sign up for today. You also get access to a huge library of other courses and content for changing your life, one step at a time. I hope you’ll join me, I’m really excited!

Tips for better headshots

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Hereby some tips to make your next headshots session go smoothly with a result that will have casting directors call you into their office!

  • Get professional headshots taken. Your friend with an iPhone camera doesn’t cut it. And get them professionally printed. It doesn’t pay to get good photo’s taken and then printed on regular paper. Make sure the whole package is professional.
  • Take it easy on the airbrushing. Your headshot should look like you on your best day. Make sure its a current photo and not one that’s 10 years old.
  • Your eyes are the most important thing in a headshot. Next time you’re brushing your teeth, take a few extra minutes and practice your facial expressions. The better you know you own expressions the easier it is when your in front of the camera. You can practice with different thoughts and feelings. Thinking of different backstories for your character. Just tilting your head a little bit or squinting your eyes can make a huge job.
    The focus of a good headshot is on the eyes. Normally, the shot is chest up with the lighting on your face. When shooting for print a three-quarter shot will do the job. A headshot is about you and not the environment, so that can stay out of focus. It does not matter where you are.
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  • Headshots with natural light give a more real ‘film’ look and studio has a more polished and neutral look. Depending on what kind of actor you are; pick a photographer that specializes in one or can do both.
  • Don’t bring props to your headshot session. Unless you want a character shot for your stand up set, headshots should look like you, natural. If you think you’re great to play a chef, you do not have to wear the full outfit.
  • Keep your look natural. A headshot should look like you on your best day, not night out. So don’t overdo it with make up. Hair and make up should enhance your best features not drastically change your look.

Conquer Your Day with Mini-Missions

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By Leo Babauta

You haven’t been very productive lately, admit it.

You’ve been watching too many videos, cruising your favorite social media, haven’t exercised in too long … you’re slipping, my friend.

I’ve got the fix for you. Mini-missions.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You set yourself a few mini-missions for the day. For example: 1) Write Zen Habits post, 2) Workout, 3) Shoot video lesson for Sea Change Simplify Your Life course. Ideally, they don’t last for more than 15 minutes, but you could do mini-missions of 20-30 minutes if you’re feeling strong.
  2. Pick one mission, and get yourself ready. Stand up, stretch, move your body, psyche yourself up to conquer the mission. Play some pump-up music. Clear your computer or work area. Dive in.
  3. Stay focused, power through, kick some butt.
  4. Reward yourself when you’re done. Raise your fist in victory, then allow yourself a treat. For example: you get to check your favorite social media or watch a Youtube video, or eat that cookie you’ve been craving after your workout.

You can repeat this several times each day, up to five times. If you accomplish five mini-missions in a day, that’s amazing! Give yourself an extra reward.

If it helps, tell someone about your next mission, ask them to hold you accountable.

But even without accountability, you can get yourself psyched up and focused on one mini-mission at a time. Why does this work? Because you’re setting something accomplishable but important in front of yourself, and getting yourself motivated for 10-20 minutes. This is doable. And you’re making it fun, playing a game, not making it drudgery. Play is an amazing way to get things done.

If you can set yourself mini-missions every day, you’re going to see some amazing results.

OK, I’m done with this mini-mission, time for a cookie!