As an actor, you have 3 TOOLS to get you in the door.
So, why do we meet so many actors who squirm when we ask about their Reel?
“It’s not that good.”
“It kind of sucks.”
“I’m waiting to get footage from a short I did two years ago.”
“The sound is really bad.”
“All I have is a music video and a commercial in which I don’t talk.”
“I don’t have a Reel yet.”
No. No. No.
Listen, you have to have a Reel.
And you have to have a GOOD Reel.
How else does the person casting KNOW you know what you are doing?
Would you apply for a job at a law firm and be like, “Yeah, I didn’t really go to law school, so I don’t really have anything to show you to prove I am worth hiring…”
Would you try to get a job as a tennis coach and say, “I have no credentials to show you that I actually know how to play tennis?”
Of course you wouldn’t.
The casting director can’t bring EVERY ACTOR in for an audition. (Click HERE for MORE TIPS from a CASTING DIRECTOR.)
Therefore, they have to watch a few Reels to determine who gets the auditions.
Okay, so how do you get a kickass Reel?
1) Get all scrappy and ambitious, assemble a group of friends, and make one yourself.
2) Bite the frikken bullet and HIRE a Reel House to make it for you. It will cost you some dough, but that’s the reality.
You NEED a great reel to get anywhere in this business.
You got this.
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