What experienced actors need to know about showreels 2021Jan 14, 2021
UPdated: Actors Showreel Tips 2021
Top 10 Acting showreel tips out there right now in 2021!
1. Be Yourself
Authenticity is where it's at. Not "acting" but...being...
2. Lead with your branding THEN add character
Make most of your scenes branding driven.
Eg - Make the first 2 you as a lawyer (If that's what u get cast as most), the 3rd of you as a vampire, get the picture?
3. Do less
Quiet moments really work, but do have something going on inside...we all do.
4. Short is best
Shorter showreels are better. Under two minutes. Use the pace to show range and quality..
5. Give Them What They Need, Then Get Out
Once your acting credibility has been established, GET OUT. (no wasteful moments) That's how showreels for actors are built and created. Boom!
6. Make it worth watching in and of itself
People love a story. A good actors showreel tells a story, and it does so in a variety of ways.
It leaves the viewer with a "sensation or feeling" Think about this - what is your "end state feeling" you want to create.
Mystery? Suspense? Humour? Violence? Intrigue?
7. No Montage
Nothing else to say about that. No montages. None. Nope.
9. No tumbleweed - no dead or dying moments.
I would not be showing this...its out of date now.
10. Be Different
Shine, rejoice, be brave, be bold, be the best you.
Here's what NOT to do - My old showreel...agh!
Pop over to Vimeo and give me a thumbs up will you?
Here's the video on You Tube
The main pointers:
- Your reel needs to move fast - 2-3 mins max. 1-2 mins best.
- Think movie. Start with a bang. End with an explosion.
- Material should all be on YOU not others.
- Finish on your own or your agent’s contact details.
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PS - That video again
FAQ's About Showreels
I thought this was cool as well...
Top Ten Mistakes Actors Make
1. They start the reel with two people of the same gender having a conversation.
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