What makes a good acting reel? Examples, monologue and demos

What clips belong in your demo reel? Here are some tips for aspiring actors! Of course, quality over quantity is the theme of today. You may be inclined to fill your reel with as many clips as possible to show that you have experience, but this will work against you. You don’t want your reel to be too long. Don’t dilute the best image of yourself with average clips. Use your best performances to show the strongest image of yourself as possible. On top of that, casting directors, like everyone in the film industry, are juggling a lot. They don’t have time to watch a five minute video looking for the clips they really want to see. Around one minute is best with three or four clips. They want to…

Effortlessly Get Work on a Filmset

Tamara was hired as an extra for $600 to walk in the background of a commercial. To get the job, all she did was make another connection like she’d done a million times before, chat with them a bit on a shoot, and shortly after had an opportunity for a fun, easy job with great pay dropped at her feet. The same thing will be happening to you, too, with just a bit of effort on your part. We know that success in the entertainment industry is all about making connections, so how exactly is that done? Well, there’s quite a bit to it, but the basis of it is this: become magnetic. Be thoughtful and giving, put everything you have into each job and people will love you for…

how do you start as an actor with no experience

What if you have no experience as an actor? What do you do? Do you start taking acting class, or find an acting group? Both are good! You just need to start exercising those acting muscles! One mistake I see, is actors waiting until they are good to get involved in the film industry. If you do that, you could end up waiting a very long time, and miss out on roles that would have been perfect for you! There are many nice people in the film industry that you’ll meet when you get involved. And you can make relationships with them and have them know you as an actor. Many people take years to get going as an actor, because they have day jobs outside the business and they…

Janet’s Superbowl spot

With Seth Rogan and Amy Schumer and Ronda Rousey! This is one of the Superbowl spots I did in January! Seth was a bundle of laughter the entire shoot. Amy not so much, but it was still a blast. Ronda Rousey is SUPER nice and you all would love her.

How to make money in the film industry

  PODCAST VERSION [powerpress]   Today I’ve got a question that is for those people that have been working so hard, working on the craft. They love to act and they have done so much for themselves. “How the heck do I get people to notice me how I get going to get to these TV show roles, these commercials, the stuff that I can be out there and be seen? I can actually get my career moving, growing, and I have paying stuff. How can I get to the good stuff, how do we get people to notice me?” Well it’s a big question. It’s the biggest question everybody has because right now, the problem that you have is that you are auditioning for student films or independent films…

Do they want my type in Hollywood?

  PODCAST VERSION [powerpress]   One concern that I hear is – “you know what, I’m just not sure if the industry wants my look. I’ve got this look and I am not gorgeous, I’m not tall, blonde, and you know they don’t seem to be paying that much attention to me. I’m not where I want to be. So I’m not really sure if the industry wants my look”. That’s a very disempowering thought to have in your head, isn’t it? How can you do anything with that thought in your head? It’s kind of like, “I just wanna crawl under a rock and die”, and I understand. I’m not blaming you for having this thought. Let’s just think about what that thought does to you and how are…

How to be a working actor

  PODCAST VERSION [powerpress]   I’m gonna share with you something that I only teach my mentorship students, but you know what, I just feel like sharing it with you today. That is how I find the best people, that are the working actors, all these people are working with. How do I find those people? I know if I find the best people and I get training from those people, then I’m gonna be connected. I’m gonna have great training and I’m probably gonna be moving the fastest. So, how do you do that? Well let’s talk about working actors. Who are all the working actors in your town? You’re like – “I don’t know”. Well, how you gonna find that out? One thing I would do is I…

How to make money as an actor

  PODCAST VERSION [powerpress]   Hello everybody, Janet Urban here, founder of Friends in film and today’s question is “How do I make money acting? I just wanna make money doing what I love, how to heck can I make this happen and fast?” Okay, great question. I mean, I can relate – you’ve got people waiting on you to make your career happen! They’re like, “hey we’ll give you another year but then you better get over your crazy idea of becoming a famous actor” because actors make no money and these people that are telling you this! They’ve never been in the business, never knew anybody in the business, and I understand, they’re trying to protect you. I do, I understand, my parents said the same thing. “What?…

What are you uncertain about?

I asked some actors what were their top 3 things they are uncertain about.    It boiled down to these 3 things for most people. 1) Not having enough money. 2) Am I talented enough? 3) Am I marketable? Then, I asked "What are the underlying fears around each uncertainty?"   Their response: 1) I don't want to be broke or be turning to my mom for money because I know she doesn't have it to spare. 2) I don't want all the work/training I've done to be for nothing.  I have tried to walk away from it before and I always get pulled back. I always took that as a sign that acting is what I am supposed to be doing but could it all be in my head and not…

A way to look at failure

I've failed many times over and at some point, I think recently,  it became an experience and not a failure.  I remember walking out of an audition that I  bombed in about a month ago and thinking to myself, WoW, that was bad!!   Then I just forgot about it.  It didn't kill me or even hurt me and it surely didn't end my career.  It was just something that happened.  In this business things just happen and it's ok.  You survive and move on.  When you start to relive that moment in your mind and try to trick yourself into thinking the audition wasn't that bad or that maybe they were at fault in their direction, you're doing a disservice to yourself because you're missing the actual experience.  You need to learn from it.  Look at it…