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26 October 2007 @ 08:44 am

Extreme Narcissism ahead.  Just skip it if that bothers you.  :)

So, my post the other day got me thinking...  Just how many head shots do I have?  Do I really need to get another?  Does doing commercial work in this burgh really demand it?  They're expensive, but I've lost about 15 lbs. since the last one was taken...  and some of these really suck.  I thought I'd post and see what the f-list has to say.

1994?  Can you see why I married him?  AND he has a great sense of humor.  I totally lucked out.  This is Nolan's head shot that he had done right before he decided that being an actor wasn't going to pay all the bills.  He decided to become an Electrical Contractor, and solve the world's electrical-type problems.  He's very good at it.  But he has the same degree that I do:  A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts.  When he gets all high and mighty, I'm fond of reminding him of that.  (Oh, and he did go through four more years of apprenticeship in the electrical trades, so it's not like he's "acting" like and electrician.)   He's too pretty for a hard hat and tool belt, in my opinion.  *smirk*  Or maybe not...

1.  This was taken in 2002, For Brighton Beach Memoirs, where I played Blanche.  Best theatrical experience of my LIFE, worst hair day EVER.  Seriously, could the photographer have NOT said, "You have a squirrel living in the side of your head, would you like to remove it before I take the picture?"

2.  2003.  This was taken before The Importance of Being Earnest, where I was Gwendolyn.  It's not a good expression for me.  The smile doesn't reach the eyes.  My mouth says happy, but my eyes say, "Kill me now."  And what's up with the wisps?  Did I think that looked GOOD?

3.  2003.  Taken before I played Elvira in Blithe Spirit.  Full body makeup.  (I was a ghost)  I still get that shudder of revulsion every time I remember it.  Get a haircut.  And don't put WHITE next to your FACE for a back and white photo, Carrie Leigh.

4.  2004.  For The Fantasticks (Bell - if you know the show, we did mothers instead of fathers).  The one musical where I didn't stand next to Cara Kee and just mouth the words.  Clearly the happiest I look in all of these.  I wish I hadn't put my hair up.

5.  2005 - Jesus Christ Superstar - chorus.  (I was a chorus girl! Sadly, it's not very glamourous.)  Yeah, there was a lot of mouthing the words on this show and not a lot of singing.  Tra lala.  I don't hate it the picture.  And it's fairly close to what my hair looks like now.  But that stunned look is back,  I know the flash is coming...  I know it, and yet I get the "AH!" every time.

6.  2006.  Shelby in Steel Magnolias.  Who TOOK this picture?  Did they use a flash?  Is that blob my hair or is something furry trying to eat my shoulder?  And would it have KILLED me to use some cover girl powder in translucent light to take care of the SHINE coming off of my forehead?  Geez.

7.  2007.  Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple.  What does this girl keep in her cheeks?  It looks like I'm storing nuts for the winter.  And that I'd lost my hairbrush that day.  Haircut, Carrie, haircut.  They are GOOD things.

So you can see why I was all nostalgic for this one:


So can I salvage one of these?  Or should I shell out the cash and get another?

Okay.  Enough.  No more ME!ME!ME!ME!ME!ME! posts.

Oh, who am I kidding?    But I'll try to at least be a little more concerned about the world outside of my little cocoon, how's that?
I feel:: cynicalcynical
I hear:: Razzle Dazzle - Chicago Soundtrack
dragonsangel68: Draco dress robes by gsd82dragonsangel68 on October 26th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
I think all the shots are great *g* Yeah, I know, that's no help whatsoever ;P And Nolan, oh my! *fans self*
Carrie Leigh: portrait of a ladycarrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Well, thanks, I appreciate it.

I know! Isn't he cute?
(Anonymous) on October 26th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
They are all lovely. I would keep #4. I know you don't like the fact that your hair is up, but that way if you want to cut your hair even a bit shorter....the picture won't look at all dated.

It's a great picture - and why waste cute-new-house-decorating-type-things money on headshots?

Carrie Leigh: Distracted by the sparklecarrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)

And yeah, that's a good point... hadn't thought of that.
(Anonymous) on October 26th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
As Mom I think you are beautiful in all of them. Although I never did like your Lolita picture. I hope you know which that is.

I agree with anon above. #4 is best although I like #5 also. I also agree you don't need new picture.
Carrie Leigh: I talk to myselfcarrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: pix
Really. I thought you would think I did.

I look the same, then?
Jessicatudorrose1533 on October 26th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Of all of them, number four is where you look the most genuinely happy. I would keep that one. The stripes are a nice touch, and keep it busy but not too busy, and having your hair up really brings out your smile and doesn't drown your face. (I am quite familiar with the hair-drowning-face thing in pictures. I have more hair than anybody I know. That's why I usually wear it half-up, half-down for pictures.) Anyway. I like number four.

Carrie Leigh: vintage winkcarrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you. I like the sweater, too. I actually still have it.

I have a lot of hair, too. If it weren't layered, it might take over the world.
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: D/G Sky Fallsjandjsalmon on October 26th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Isn't Nolan a babe? WOW! ;)

And yeah -- I like #4 -- but My fave is #7.

You're too incredibly gorgeous to be real. You sure you're not a hairy 42 year old Australian living in his parent's basement?
Carrie Leigh: *pokes tongue*carrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
I know! He thinks HE'S the lucky one, but I say I am.

I am NOT a man, nor 42, nor *cough* hairy. Pass that on to Jay. *wink*

Sharlenemynuet on October 26th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
4 is great - you look young but dignified. 7 could also work, but it looks more soccer mom than milf.
Carrie Leigh: accidentcarrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Would work out alright if I were going for the "soccer mom" part of a lifetime, though, huh?
(Anonymous) on October 26th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I like the one from the Fantasticks. Youthful and slender with your hair like that and the boat neck shirt.

Carrie Leigh: portrait of a ladycarrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Thanks sis. I think that's my favorite, too.
dL: rosedieloreley on October 27th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
I like them all, especially from 4 down. 6 is very sophisticated, if you can photoshop the shine out or something. But I bet they won't take an airbrushed photo.

If we're going for most happy, 4 or 7 would take the prize. But go with the one you like best. Even though you're way too critical of yourself, in my opinion. You look lovely in all of them!
Carrie Leigh: Pfft.carrie_leigh on October 27th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
But I bet they won't take an airbrushed photo.

You sweet thing. EVERYONE airbrushes everything. There isn't a photo anywhere that isn't re-touched. ;)


dL: peacedieloreley on October 28th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Then airbrushed is the way to go! *happy dance* It just needs the shine taken away, really. And that's not really changing you, just your makeup!
maureen: Dylan Dig Yourselfmaureen on October 28th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Don't apologize...you're fabulous! I don't think any one of your head shots are bad (we are all so self critical!), though I think my favorites are #2 and #4.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on October 28th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like #4, too. #2 looks like I'm high or something. Guh, If only.
Numbaby: Fire prettynumbaby on October 29th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
Can I be you when (if) I grow up?

While they're all lovely, I agree with the general consensus of #4; you just look so happy. All of them a a lot nicer than the majority of the head shots I've seen on theatre programs. (Helps that you're hot and married to a hunk )