Now You Can Have Your Demo Reel – Faster Than You Ever Imagined

Demo reel for actors is an absolute must!  But, how can I get one with no experience?  Read below to see an easy and fast way to get one for you.

Before you do anything else, learn from my number one mistake.  I was too shy to follow up with everyone I worked with for clips of the work I did for my demo.  When you are working with student filmmakers, or even in some independent films, you have to expect that the project may never be completed.  It just happens. But if you were promised a clip for your reel, then ask for it!

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What is a demo reel?

A demo reel is a 2 to 3-minute video that showcases you and your work.  Demo reels help agents and managers market you; they are able to use your demo reel as proof of your abilities when they are talking you up to casting directors.  

Your demo reel should have your name and phone number on it.

Click here to read "Working on a student film for experience and scenes for your reel- What you need to know".

What should I include in my demo reel?

Your first demo reel will mostly have content from your film classes and content from student films.  After you land larger roles or work on better quality projects, you want to use only the best clips.

Casting directors want to see your face, your eyes, and the emotions on your face.  They want to see you really mean what you are saying. Definitely use shots that are intimate and up-close, the parts you use can be funny or serious.  

Here is what your demo reel can do without:

Keep the action shots or long-distance shots out of your demo reel. Don’t include parts where all you can see is the back of your head.

If you can help it, don’t use different clips from the same character, use the limited time you have to showcase a range of characters.  

Although it may be tempting to use very dramatic and crying scenes, try to keep those at a minimum. Subtle and simple reactions, emotions, and expressions work better than dramatic or violent clips.

 

Should I hire someone to put my demo reel together?

If you have basic computer editing software, you should be able to put together your first demo reel.  You can find many great resources online.  I use Vegas Pro and also Corel Movie Maker.  Sometimes I need quick videos so I run straight to Corel Movie Maker.

However, after you have better clips and higher quality videos, I strongly suggest you look for production companies that put demo reels together for a reasonable fee. 

Never put up any excuses as to why you can't do what you love, acting.  If you have no experience, start working with student films, community plays, or make up your own scenes.  Your phone is also a camera. There are 0, ZERO excuses to not be on camera these days.

 

You got this!

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