• Jaclyn Koss

How I Get Ready For My Close-Up

The people who know me are aware that I took a hiatus from acting while I started working full-time. Now that I'm settled in NYC, I decided it's time for me to "re-brand" myself and slowly start getting back into acting again. And what better way to start than get new pictures taken? I did that this past weekend, so I thought I'd share how I prepared for them!

One Week Before

Pick Clothes. I wasn't given any direction on "looks" or "styles," so this was all on me. After deciding my personal style, I went through my closet and looked for solid-color tops, cardigans, blazers, and coats that would allow me to both achieve the "look" I was going for and to express who I am as a person and performer. Doing this a week early allowed me to have time to see if I needed to buy anything new, get items dry-cleaned, etc. Once everything was picked out, I made sure they were clean and ready-to-go, and then I set them aside to not be worn all week.

Eyebrows. I could have done this closer to the day of the shoot, but I was going to a new place, and getting them threaded for the first time. I have sensitive skin, and I wanted to be cautious.

Hair Treatment. I used the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector Treatment.

Face Mask(s). I used the GLAMGLOW #Multimasking Mask Treatment Set.

Teeth Whitening Pen.

During The Week

Eat Relatively Healthy. I'm not as strict about the foods I eat until a day or two before the shoot, but I made more smoothies and was more mindful about avoiding foods and drinks that could make me bloat or retain water. Those could include:

  • high-sodium foods

  • high-FODMAP foods

  • simple carbs

  • wheat, barley, and rye

  • beans and lentils

  • cruciferous vegetables

  • most sweeteners/sugars

  • dairy

  • carbonated drinks

  • alcohol (especially beer)

Drink plenty of water! Something that I tried to implement throughout the week was to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the mornings before anything else. It can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

Stick to a good skincare and dental care routine. I recently added a new addition to my nightly routine: the Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub. My lips have been super chapped lately, and this helps a lot!

Use the teeth whitening pen once more during the week.


The Day/Night Before

Eat Very Healthy and Drink All the Water. I was much stricter about avoiding the foods listed above. It wasn't a perfect avoidance, but I think I did a decent job. Here's what I consumed throughout the day:

  • glass of warm lemon water right when I woke up

  • Chai Breakfast Smoothie

  • Salad with spinach, shrimp, craisins, pepitas, and a little light ranch dressing.

  • 24oz water

  • MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Burger, spinach, a tiny bit of goat cheese, and a fried egg.

  • glass of water

  • Packet of nuts and dried fruit

  • Matcha tea

  • glass of water

Get a Manicure. Even if my hands don't end up in the photos (which they didn't), a fresh mani makes me feel more polished.

Hair Treatment. I used the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector Treatment again!

Face Mask(s). I used the GLAMGLOW #Multimasking Mask Treatment Set again!

SLEEP. I went to bed early that night. I did not want to end up looking tired!

Photo Shoot Day (for an afternoon shoot)!!

Eat Very Healthy and Drink All the Water, part 2.

  • glass of warm lemon water

  • "Cha-Cha" Smoothie (recipe below!)

  • another glass of water before leaving

Prep the face, hair, and teeth. To wash my face, I used a gentle cleanser with light exfoliation and a good moisturizer. I also made sure my hair was clean, dry, and had minimal product in it (which, for my curls, is still a decent amount). After that, I cleaned up my eyebrows as needed, used my teeth whitening pen one more time, and then used my Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub again.


Pack up my clothes! I filled a carry-on suitcase to almost bursting. #sorrynotsorry

Go to the bathroom before leaving. I definitely did not want the distraction during the shoot ... especially since shapewear is a thing that I wore.

Put on my "base" outfit. I wore nude-colored undergarments/shapewear, a nude colored tank top, black high-waist skinny jeans, and comfortable shoes. This allowed me to transition between "looks" quickly. I also wore a zip-up hoodie to the shoot, which was easy to remove once my hair and makeup was done.

Head out the door early! I did not want to get caught up in traffic or delays and be late! Thank God I double checked, since the subway I needed wasn't going uptown that day. I was able to get a cab and make it with time to spare.

What were the results?

I stepped on the scale the morning of my photo shoot, and I was amazed to see that I somehow dropped SIX POUNDS in just one week! I know that it was mostly water weight, and that's definitely not going to happen every time I do this -- that would be extremely unhealthy! However, it did show me that I was on the right track. Also, my hair, face, teeth, and lips were definitely camera-ready! All of this gave me an extra confidence boost, and something to be happy about during the shoot!

Now, my next challenge is to do stick to a similar prep routine while traveling...

Jaclyn's "Cha-Cha" (Chai-Matcha) Smoothie

inspired by Danette May's Vanilla Chai Spice Smoothie


  • 1 cup baby spinach

  • ½ banana (I freeze mine)

  • 1 inch fresh ginger (I freeze mine)

  • 1 heaping tbsp almond butter (no sugar added preferred)

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Organic Plant Based Protein Powder)

  • 1 tsp matcha powder

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric

  • pinch ground black pepper

  • handful of ice

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • ½ cup water

  • (OPTIONAL) 1 tsp chia seeds

  • (OPTIONAL) ½ tsp ground cloves


  • Blend and enjoy!

NOTE: GIF was found on giphy.com. Images taken from Sunset Boulevard. No copyright infringement intended.

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