Top 8 things to keep in mind for your reels!

  1.  What is the right footage to put on here? How long should it be?” Don’t just throw everything you have on there. Leave them wanting more. People know in the first 30 seconds if they want to hire you. Only your best clips that shows you at your best.
  2.  The best kind of footage to use is from a project that was shot well (meaning, not with your mom’s iPhone), with a 30-second scene featuring you (not the person opposite you)
  3.  You will need a 2–3-minute sizzle reel of all of your best on-camera work you have done, in nice, short, exciting snippets, complete with high production value, your headshot, your contact information, and an easily email-able link that you can send at a moment’s notice to an agent or casting director. Editors are key here. I have several I can recommend.
  4.  It’s an essential piece of your marketing tools. Nothing is worse than an agent or casting dir. or producer asking for your demo reel, and you saying, “Uh, I don’t really have one.” Consider that a missed opportunity. One of my students Albert Chan booked a recurring role on a new amazon series because I recommended him as a last minute to the producer. In less than 5 min he had his reel to producer and was hired on the spot.
  5.  Show how you would be cast (your type), and is current (footage shot in the last two years). It should be you talking (not extra work), with good sound, and only about 20–30 seconds long per clip.
  6.  Four clips like that should be more than enough—especially if they show comedy and drama (two minutes total). People have short attention spans, so keep the pace moving, show off your best acting, and move on to the next one.
  7.  If you don’t like any of the footage you have, your best and final bet is to film a scene with your friends using a good camera, or at the very least film a great, original, monologue in a medium shot with professional equipment.
  8.  Everything leading up to that will involve replacing older footage with newer, better footage, much like replacing ensemble credits on a résumé with supporting and leading roles.