One of the most effective tools you can have in your arsenal as an actor is a showreel. For many, this will be the first look casting directors have of your performance – a chance to put the name to a face, a CV to a skill, and a look at their new potential cast member. Our team has put together a few tips if you are looking at your new showreel to be ready for the industry return.
Make sure you have permission! Just because you are in a production, does not automatically mean you can use the clip. Before filming, check in your contract or ask the production company if you can use the material for a showreel. Most production companies are happy to comply, but it may take some friendly reminders after the shoot for your copy. Be patient – a good quality clip is always worth it. And please – make sure whatever you use is of a good audio and visual quality. No filming off of another screen or shaky home movies!
Start small and build with what you have. TIt is also best to stay away from recreating well know scenes, as it may be used in comparison to the original Taking your showreel into your own hands can be empowering as well as necessary. If you lack the confidence however, there are service available to help film and edit a professional showreel, such help you can find here.
Your showreel will be a great asset to your acting career. Be sure to keep it up-to-date and use these tips to help make a strong first impression with casting directors!
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