Comp card is short for composite card, which is used by actors and models for commercial print auditions and self-promotion. The size we prefer is 6”x 9”, with a photo on the front and 3-5 images on the back. The purpose is to show as much variety as possible, so the casting director can envision you for different projects.
A comp card is an important resource in addition to a head shot. It allows you to introduce yourself to industry professionals in a much more diverse way than with a head shot alone. If you’re looking for a commercial agent, submitting with a comp card will give you a much better chance of meeting them, because you’re showing them a variety of looks. They’ll see you as significantly more likely to book a job, be it print or on camera. If you already have a commercial agent, a comp card will allow them to submit you for print work as well as on camera. It could open up new avenues for you.
Comp cards are NOT just for models- every actor should have one as well. Generally, a model’s comp card is editorial (like a spread in Vogue Magazine), while an actor’s comp card is lifestyle (talking on a cell phone or hailing a cab). Fashion work is reserved for models, but there’s a ton of print work for actors. Advertisers are always looking for attractive, everyday people to sell their products.
We can design a comp card that is uniquely you and that shows your best work. Schedule your photo session with us today.