Your headshot is your calling card
Spend the money. It’s worth it. Go to a professional, who is trained, understands lighting, and takes headshots for a living, not some friend who happens to have a decent camera who “sorta knows a little about photography.” Save those pictures for Instagram, and leave the headshots to the pros. Professional headshots range from $400-$1200, and to get them properly duplicated (not at Walgreens) will cost you another $100 or more. Anything less is just a glorified passport photo. If the headshots look cheap, they probably are. And you look like you don’t care about your career. When that headshot appears on a casting director’s computer, you want them to say, “Yes, bring that person in!