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…

Background casting

So, here is a list of background casting companies.  Some may be in your area, and if you have some companies to add to the list, please post them in yammer. Also call the film commission in your area, and ask them, “Who are the main background casting companies in our area?” We can use this information 3 killer ways: 1.  We can sign up with the background casting companies in your area and do some background work.  Paid work.  $50-150/day.    Observe the film set, watch the PAs, and connect, if you can with the 2nd AD, or 2nd 2nd AD. 2.  We can scan these sites and look for low budget indie films where the PRODUCER or DIRECTOR is doing the casting.  Then, we send them our “Want…

how reputable is backstage?

Caitlin asks: Quick question for everyone in the group. Have any of you auditioned for parts through Backstage? How reputable is Backstage for actors? I am asking because I remember Janet Urban mentioning that this industry is word of mouth, and how she mentioned that auditions are not posted necessarily, but that you need to be inside the industry to know what’s going on. I’m just curious as to how websites like Backstage play into this profession. :-) Thanks !! Janet’s response: Some auditions are posted. Most other film jobs are typically not posted. Auditions that are posted are usually for smaller roles and parts. For the larger roles and roles that are added on set you’ll need to have connections. As for as your question about Backstage. It is…

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…