The challenge is real (or reel?). There are zillions of actors out there all vying for the same small number of roles.
It’s common knowledge that not having a reel can hurt your chances of getting into auditions, but what do you do when you don’t have a reel and you also don't have any experience?
Are you destined to just do background roles and free student films, having to wait YEARS to get your footage back?
You can VASTLY increase your chances of being called in just by making some minor tweaks to your submissions process and even shooting your own footage for your reel for free!
In this guide, I'll lay out a few key things you can do to start booking more auditions right away, without having to wait for a professional reel.
It’s really not as hard as you might think!
Here's How to Make an Acting Reel With No Experience... Fast!
"How do I start an actor reel with no experience?" Simple, just shoot some monologues with your smartphone.
Casting directors want you to have footage. It doesn't matter if your footage is professional or not – they just want to know what you look and sounds like on camera, and whether you can act.
Follow the steps below to make an acting reel with no experience, and you'll immediately see a noticeable difference in how many auditions you're called in for:
There is plenty of free video editing software out there in case you'd like to edit the clip down a bit, adding a fade in and fade out at the beginning and end.
You can also consider adding a slate if necessary to the beginning of the clip.
Now that you've got some footage, you'll start to see a noticeable uptick in the number of auditions you're called in for. And if you want to go deeper and get even MORE opportunities, continue reading the rest of this article!
Related: What Should Be in an Acting Reel
Martin Bentsen uses “outside the industry” thinking to help actors book more work. He’s helped over 6,000 actors with their careers and actor headshots since 2009 and his photography studio City Headshots is ranked #1 on Yelp. He’s spoken at NYU, The New England Theater Conference, The Actor’s Green Room, and other venues.
Want to book more work by thinking strategically? Start with his free Actor’s Toolkit to create new opportunities right away, or visit his website at www.martinbentsen.com.