How Do I Get a Great Reel?

Here's how you can get yourself a great reel.

It has fast become a pre-requisite for us actors to have a totally solid reel. Agents and managers want it; our friends in casting demand it.

Wait! What if you don’t have good enough scenes to make a great reel? What if you don’t have any scenes to make a great reel? What if you don’t know what exactly constitutes a great reel?

What if just the thought of trying to make a reel makes you want to crawl under your covers and think about other things to stop the spinning in your head?

Well, you’re not alone. But we can help!

In this video you will learn:

  • Do you need a reel? (Yes.)
  • Is it totally overwhelming to make one? (Doesn’t have to be!)
  • What kind of reel do agents, managers and casting directors want to see?
  • How do you start building an awesome reel if you aren’t yet in L.A.?
  • How do you put together a great reel if you are short on cash?
  • What kind of scene should be on your reel?
  • How long should your reel be?

And so much more. We’re here for you! You can do this!!!

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Is it important for an actor to have a reel?

What is a reel?

What is the purpose of the reel?

Why is a reel important for an actor to have?

*A headshot shows your face and what you look like; A reel shows your essence and your voice.

How is a reel used?

What are the different formats of a reel?

Format 1: The Classic Reel/ 1-3 Minutes Long - This reel is 1-3 minutes long and it shows an entire body of work. The Classic Reel will include both comedic and dramatic scenes in no particular order (although most actors start the reel with their strongest and most current work).  

Format 2: Comedy Reel and Drama Reel/ Two 60-90 second Reels - This format is two different reels - each being 60-90 seconds long. The first reel showcases your comedy scenes, and the second reel showcases your dramatic scenes.

Format 3: Clips - This is a great format when you have a good amount of material to work with. The work is separated into 15 second (give or take) clips from various projects. *With clips, an agent can get more specific, submitting the appropriate clip for the appropriate job.

Format 4: Speed Reel - A Speed Reel also requires having more material (at least 4-5 scenes). The total length of a Speed Reel is typically 30-60 seconds. *The intention of the Speed Reel is to give a quick peak into the entirety of your work.

Format 5: Simple 30 seconds of you on Camera - This is the perfect format if you don't have a lot of material/money and/or if you're just starting out.

What does a good reel include?

What is NOT on a good reel?

How do I make a reel if I don't have material already?

Option 1: Reel Companies


* Remember you only need 30-40 seconds of you acting on camera. Don't be talked into 3 or 4 long scenes. Not necessary!

Option 2: Assemble your own Crew (DIY)

Terminology you should know for the Crew you assemble:

How do I pick good material that showcases my work?

*Stay away from Film unless it's an obscure project.

*Stay away from iconic shows (Friends, Seinfeld, Game of Thrones, etc.)

What about doing Student Films for my Reel?

*Finally, in the world of DIY, there is also IMovie if you really know how to use it.

DOs & DONTs for your REEL

Do trust that even though this might be overwhelming…

you can do it!