Getty Photographers Band Together to Help Starving Artists

LOS ANGELES — Michael Bezjian and his merry band of Getty Images photographers and other creatives give back to the community on a monthly basis. You might think that photographers of Hollywood’s elite celebrities might not have time to consider those in a different position in life, but they do. Bezjian has teamed up with like-minded creatives to create the Starving Artist Project.

“The SAP combines what I love most about my work and provides the space needed for continued creative growth for everyone involved. At the core of this, is the opportunity to capture images of talent at all levels and bring them together with a common interest,” Bezjian said. “The SAP does just that, as it takes advantage of press platforms in both video and still portraits that are desired by artists and then brings them together on common ground to give help or get help. I’m thrilled to be able to offer The SAP to all artists and hope to see our struggling artists come back when they are at the top.”

During select dates each month, the group donates its time and efforts to take professional headshots for those trying to break into the acting business. Predictably each month, each slot is filled and someone doesn’t get in and has to wait until the next month. As word has gotten out about the free service, his SAP days have been just as busy as his paid working days.

The Starving Artist Project pairs professional photographers and other creatives with struggling artists looking to break in to the acting business.
The Starving Artist Project pairs professional photographers and other creatives with struggling artists looking to break into the acting business.

On the SAP slate, this month is a young native Virgin Islander, Esonica Veira, who has extensive experience in show performing and modeling with the composites to reflect her work.

Esonica Veira is a perfect example of an SAP beneficiary. She has model shots that won't help her transition into acting.
Esonica Veira is a perfect example of an SAP beneficiary. She has model shots that won’t help her transition to acting.

However, when it’s time to go on acting auditions, Veira’s body of work can be considered too glamorous for the everyday or “girl next door” roles that she’s trying to land. As a new transplant to the states from the U.S. territory, Veira doesn’t have a lot of resources to invest in new images with the hopes that she will land a gig after making the investment. Now that she’s booked a photo shoot with SAP, she’s looking forward to her upcoming auditions using the new photos, she said.

After the shoot, the images are posted to the world-renown Getty/WireImage where they are exposed to publications and media outlets worldwide. To learn more about the Starving Artists Project or to book your own slot, visit their website, Facebook or follow them on Instagram at @thestarvingartistproject. You can follow Michael on Twitter.

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