Ninety-nine percent of the time, a casting director will spend, on average, about one second per image as they sift through hundreds of headshots. If your headshot doesn’t leap off the page, it may never be looked at again.
If you aren’t showing your headshot to everyone you meet, excited to show it off, you need a new headshot. If you are handing your headshots to people and feeling like you need to apologize or explain it, you need a new headshot.
If you aren’t excited about your headshot, why would a casting director or agent get excited? Mediocrity is a one way ticket to the “cut” pile. You have to stand apart. Believe in your headshot.