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…

Are you doing something that worries casting?

If you have a theater background and are having trouble landing roles in film, you might want to remind yourself of the differences between acting on stage and acting in front of the camera. A-list Mentor Tamara started in theater, but has since transitioned into film acting as well as wardrobe and science communication (a form of acting). She used FIF to get connected in Los Angeles, become SAG, and get principal roles all in one year. The way actors emote on stage is a lot different than in front of a camera. On stage there’s a lot of distance between the actors and the audience, making their bodies the main tool they use to communicate what the character is feeling. If you want to act in film, your face and…

How do you find auditions?

By John Henry Soto Does this look familiar? “Attention actors!! Learn how to book the auditions you want from experts in the biz! Learn their secrets! Join now for 15% off!” Wait a minute, secrets!? Well, it might be great information but why is it a secret! The answer is, it’s not. This industry is wide open to anyone with the ability to read and ask questions. Two skills we should never take for granted and possibly the only skills you’ll ever need to learn the art of acting and booking auditions. So before you take advantage of that 15% off deal, read this. I’ve been auditioning for a long time and recently I’ve moved to the other side of the table to become that fictitious holier than thou image…

Ten things no one ever sees an actor doing

Ten things no one ever sees an actor doing. By John Henry Soto 1. Leaving the house at 4am to meet a van in the city at 5:30am for a 2 hour drive to the set to shoot a 4 minute scene they cut out of the film. 2. Shooting a very low budget film and looking for a Starbucks to change into your wardrobe. Then having to walk out looking like someone else. Some people notice and I know they think I just committed a crime! 3. Running in the heat like a crazy person to make it to an audition on time then you make it and they haven’t started seeing anyone yet and THEN you’re there for an hour. 4. Get off the train with 100% confidence…

Audition “No-No’s” from a Casting Director

I have a good friend who is a Casting Director. Recently, she shred some do’s and don’ts with me regarding auditions. Here are the highlights: A Couple Don’ts: 1. Don’t apologize. What I mean by that is, if you can’t do something well, don’t tell them that in the audition. Example: If you can’t sing and they ask you to sing, don’t say “Well, I can’t sing very well, but here goes…” Just sing, give it your best shot, because you don’t know what they’re looking for. Heck, they don’t always know what exactly they are looking for! 2.  Don’t ask for a 2nd try… Let me explain further on this one.  Sometimes people will ask for a 2nd try, because they seem to think that if they linger in…

How to nail an audition stress-free!

This is a post by Arthur Harold, who happened to find our site and wanted to contribute to it.   I am so grateful to Arthur, after all, I see our community as SO IMPORTANT, so FULL OF LIFE and SOUL and I’m so happy that Arthur feels the same way and wants to help us become the MOST we can be!  Thank you Arthur!   xo   Janet If you are like most actors, then among the things you dread the most is The Audition.  It’s The Moment of Truth … Judgement Day … and you will be Weighed in the Balance and, perhaps, Condemned.  I understand, really I do.  But, it doesn’t have to be that way. I used to be quite intimidated by auditions and, like most of you I…

Do I need to be Actor’s Equity to audition for a principal role?

ANNA wants to audition for a role in the Broadway play, “Fat Pig”.   She asked: Do I have to be part of Actor’s Equity to be able to audition for a role in a Broadway play?  What does “Equity Principal Auditions” mean to me?    I asked one of our honorable subscribers, Arthur, for some insight into this question. ARTHUR’S RESPONSE: Janet, Unfortunately, an Equity Principal Audition requires that all auditioners be members of Actors Equity and must produce their membership card or other acceptable certification at the audition. For many non-principal roles, non-union actors can be considered but Equity rules limit the number of non-union roles that may be permitted in an Equity production and often those roles are the lesser ones. However, there is no harm in her…

Acting resumes – don’t misrepresent!

RESHOOT!!! The actress said she could ride a motorcycle. We show up and she’s sitting there on the motorcycle surrounded by production and agency, looking scared shitless. Anyways, we had to hire another actress and do a reshoot! That may have cost the production company another $50,000! Big money at stake here. During the audition the actress said she could ride a motorcycle no problem. So everybody believed her and she was chosen for the role. On the day of the shoot, she said she could ride motorcycles… but not that one. That’s lame and was a red flag. It was a regular motorcycle…. For the actress, that looks really bad and most likely prompted a number of calls between her and her agent. Her reputation, and her agents reputation,…

Acting Website Scams and Other Ways to Lose Your Money

The websites look good, appears professional, they sound good and they speak to your inner most desire of becoming successful – even famous. On the phone they make it seem so easy. With just the right amount of Hollywood arrogance they leave no doubt that your success is only a monthly payment or headshot away. Once you start to rely on and even look forward to the listings on the site, you find you’ve got to pay, kinda a lot of money… It really seems like you’ve found a path. Problem is… you can spend a shit load of money, hundreds for monthly listings, five hundred or more for “professional” photographer head-shots, thousands can be spent on acting lessons and showcases.   You get jazzed, but their ‘industry executives’ don’t take…