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…

Figuring out your brand

Figuring out your brand – by Andrew Carlson Want To Make It In This Industry? Here’s YOUR Secret Formula To It! It’s time to cut through all of the BS that you see on the internet and I’m just going to be straight forward with you. There are articles upon articles that will tell you that if you’re a nice person and have the right connections, you’ll make it in this industry. In a perfect world, that would be amazing! All you’d have to do is be someone you think they would want to be around, have that right look, become “discovered” at some restaurant you serve at, and become rich & famous. Boom. It’s that easy right? Wrong! Let’s get one thing straight. Hollywood doesn’t know what it wants…

No more negative people!

Here is another post by John Henry Soto.   FIF member and supporter of actors and artists worldwide.   ;-)   Here’s John: I tell this story a lot to people who ask me about my recent surge in my career and what am I doing to achieve results. Now mind you, I have a lot more goal left to achieve and this is just the beginning. This is the short version. If you want to hear the whole thing, let’s meet for coffee. :) About 7 months ago I began to remove negative and arrogant people from my social media pages and in life. Some friends and some even family. I left groups that were not supportive and stopped communicating with anyone who I knew felt my artistic lifestyle…

Are you supporting your friends?

This post is by one of our regular members, John Henry Soto. As he said in his email to me: “I don’t like to put any importance on haters but this I needed to get out. I’ve been having some amazing success lately and even though I haven’t announced any recent successes publicly, somehow the haters are feeling it!! LOL!!” Here is his post: There’s a strange judgmental environment in the artist world. I’m feeling it more these days through some messages I’ve been getting the last few months from “artists”. I just want to say this. The artists that doesn’t support other artists no matter the genres is not really creating at their highest potential and will be running into walls for their whole career. If you’re hating someone…

How get an acting agent?

It’s the single biggest question I’m asked. And it’s a very relevant question because you NEED an agent to get principal roles on TV shows and movies, a good agent can help someone with little or no experience get a job on set even if they have not been to film school. Almost ALL the auditions for TV shows and movies are private auditions. They happen between agents and casting directors. The general public will never see these auditions. They are not posted anywhere, publicly. Not Actors Access, not LA Casting. They are posted at Breakdown Services which is a subscription based company that ONLY provides the scripts (breakdowns) to licensed agents. You must be an agent to see this info. And if you do get your hands on it…

acting tips – Am I good enough at acting?

Acting tips – Are you good enough? One of our members voiced a concern that many of us feel as we pursue our acting career.   He’s hoping that he’s ‘good enough’.  Will they like my acting? So Andrew made this video for anyone who wonders if they are good enough.   Here ya go!