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Free actor headshots scheme launched for drama students

Headshot sessions usually cost between £250 and £450. Photo: Rido/Shutterstock Headshot sessions usually cost between £250 and £450. Photo: Rido/Shutterstock
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A new bursary scheme that will give free headshots to 21 students from different drama schools around the UK has been launched.

The Association of Professional Headshot Photographers will provide a qualified APHP photographer to each of the schools for a headshot session, which usually costs between £250 and £450.

Schools involved in the scheme, which include RADA, LAMDA and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, will award the session to a current second-year student – or a final-year student for a one or two-year course – based on the grounds of financial need, performing excellence and high academic achievement.

Twenty-one students will go to the studios of 21 different APHP photographers to have their free headshots taken for the bursary scheme.

APHP chairman Michael Wharley said: “Many of our members began their careers as performers, so we are all keenly aware of the pressures upon actors as they begin life in the industry.

“These headshot sessions will be a nice reward for the students and a way of celebrating their excellence. We hope the bursary scheme will give a healthy number of them a head start in 2017.”

Awards will be announced throughout the year, according to each school’s timetable, and will be published in full on the APHP website by September.

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