Actors need a demo reel if they want to succeed. Do you know how important it is to have a demo reel? A demo reel is basically a short reel showcasing your best performances.
In this day and age of the Internet, most casting directors and people looking to hire actors are going to simply search the Internet to find out any information they can on the actor before they decide to call them in. What will they use to do their research? They will look to see the following:
Whether an actor has a headshot and an online presence.
Whether an actor has a website.
Whether an actor has a resume posted.
Whether an actor has a demo reel.
Casting directors care so much about whether you have a demo reel because it shows them all the different projects you've acted in and lets them get a sense of how good of an actor you actually are. A demo reel is the only way for a casting director to actually see a moving sample of your work. Looking at a headshot is good but it doesn't show your range. A demo reel should.
How can you create an effective demo reel?
It really boils down to two things: good samples and good editing. Hire an editor who can cut together a great reel for you, but be sure that you choose the best moments of your performances. The better the moments that you choose, the better your reel will be. Show a range... Don't just show your yelling parts, show other stuff too.
I can't tell you how important it is that YOU choose the parts for your reel. If you put it on the editor, they will be lazy and just choose stuff to finish it fast. Let me know if you have questions about anything.
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