• Ashley Craib

Plan for the worst...

Updated: Nov 12, 2018

I had my headshots done yesterday with the wonderful Cat Dyer. I thought I was prepared this time. In fact, I was sure of it. I had my three looks. I had done my due diligence in researching shows that shoot in Atlanta, and the co-star roles that are cast here. I'm confident in knowing my types. I got this.

I did not have it.

Cat laid out all of my wardrobe options, and said what was so plainly obvious to me in that very moment.

"These are all the same shirt."


Now they weren't literally all the same shirt of course. But I'm very much a creature of habit when it comes to buying clothes. I don't get to go out much, I work 5 days a week. I don't like spending money so I bargain shop resulting in me having different colors of the same style of shirts. I've never been great at dressing myself. I don't know style, or how to put a cutesy outfit together. T-shirt and jeans for me please! I'll wear some heels to dress it up, if I must.

To make things worse, I go through my closet once a year and throw out anything I haven't worn that year. For most people, this is a great habit to start. For actors? Not so much. Because I don't go out much, I'm pretty much only wearing the same thing every week. This narrows my clothing options down quite a bit when you consider all of the shirts I'm not regularly wearing.

I was lucky to have Cat as my photographer in that moment. She had some clothes in her studio, and we happen to be the same size. Luck of the draw! I had also worn a jacket that morning because it was chilly, and we were able to use it to change my usual casual look. We ended up getting three very different looks. I'm beyond excited to see my headshots! Crisis averted. Phew!

Once again, I'm here to teach you from my personal experience and mistakes. You guys are so lucky to have me, I'm such a screw up! :)

I kid of course, I don't look down on myself. I embrace my mistakes because there's always a lesson behind them. Even when you think you're prepared, do more. You can never completely be prepared for anything because life is full of the unknown. So have as many answers to the equation as you can, because something will throw you off. But it doesn't have to ruin you if you've factored it in!

The thing is, I almost brought these three button ups, but I didn't. I thought:

"I don't get sent out for business types. I always get told I look too young for these roles. I'll just leave these here."

If I would have brought these wardrobe options, the problem would have been solved. But I didn't. I made a choice, and it was the wrong choice. I factored out a problem instead of considering it may pop up.

Factor in everything that can go wrong in a situation. Whether it be headshots, an audition, a booking, etc. Don't dwell on it and worry yourself sick though. Just be aware of things that could go wrong and prepare accordingly. Just remember Murphy's Law and you'll never be completely thrown off.

"What can go wrong, will go wrong"

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