Jon Menick’s process for head shots is the result of more than three decades in Los Angeles working as an actor and more than 15 years as a photographer and director. While there, he extensively studied lighting for film under the tutelage of internationally renowned portrait photographer Christopher Voelker. As a result, Jon is able to bring those lighting techniques over to his still photography.
Although some shots are done outside, Jon does most of his shooting in our studio, where he uses movie lighting with the same techniques that are employed in major motion pictures. His experience on both sides of the camera allows him to direct actors as if they are acting for a scene and capture the life in their eyes during their session.
Our headshots are taken using a process that is extremely unique to this area. Jon realizes the importance of capturing the essence of each actor in their head shot. He will sit down with each person prior to the photography session, in order to develop their personal sell.
Having your audition taped on a high-end camera, on a real sound stage, with clear, rich sound in addition to having a working actor reading off stage with you will give you a marked advantage over your competition. The audition tape is paramount in booking work. Technical perfection must be achieved each and every time you submit your audition to an agent or casting director. At our studio, we strive to support your work and advance your career.
One of the main values of the Co-op is to serve each other by improving the work of the group. Personal coaching is freely given to co-op members by request. Not only do the Mentors engage, but also the actors coach actors. It is not unusual to see two actors competing for the same role coaching each other during an audition. This concept of giving and receiving has produced an amazingly healthy and solidified group of people.