With the rise of 4K and HD being used, it seems that photoshopping has gotten out of control. Sure, studios make the covers look great and know when to say when, but the real issue is with the performers who show up on set looking nothing like their agency photos. In the past, studios would have sent you home. But, time is money, and they just won’t hire you again. This is why many talent agenices demand non-photoshopped photos for their sites.
Of course, everyone does some sort of photoshopping or editing of their photos, especially for social media posts. But, how far is too far? When you’re literally shaving your nose in half would be an extreme example. Making your stomach completely flat when it’s not, covering it up with cinchers, and/or literally making yourself look one-third of your size are other examples.
When your fans go to meet you at trade shows and you look nothing like your photos, this is another issue. No one wants to be deceived, especially when you’re selling merchandise that really doesn’t look like you. We suggest you learn to love your body and embrace it. If you want to opt for plastic surgery and it makes you feel better, go for it. Even heading to the gym to do sit-ups and squats to make your tummy or backside look better is great. But, don’t be deceptive by photoshopping images of yourself so much that they don’t even look like you is something completely different.
Think before you use that Photoshop app or program. The competition may be fierce but looking nothing like your pics will decrease your chances of consistently working and disappoint your fans. Long and fruitful careers are based on your work and the love and support of your fans.