I had a new years resolution last year that I would update my demo reel. Never happened. But that’s ok. I worked my butt of this past year shooting new material and acquiring past material so that slowly, but surely, I had some solid stuff to include on my new and improved demo reel. So when 2011 clocked in (Literally. I was working on my demo reel when the clock struck 12am and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Symbolic, no?) I was determined to complete my new reel within the first month of the year. And I did! Thanks to the nifty editing skills of my boyfriend, I got a snazzy new demo reel that I am very proud of. And 2011 will just be building towards an even better one for next Jan. Onward and upward!!
As I am in the preliminary stages of getting together a new reel, I’m pretty proud of myself for the number of projects I have copies of. Granted, it took a lot of time and persistence to get what I really shouldn’t even have to ask for in the first place, but I have it nonetheless.
I’ve tried to make a habit of getting copies soon after I finish a project. I’ve learned the hard way that though it says “Copy, Credit, Meals” that can really just mean”Credit, Pizza” and those are the two things I care about least. Hell, you don’t even have to feed me- just give me my DVD! I hate how carelessly that phrase will be tossed around when I know that the only way I am getting that Copy is if I call once a week until it’s on my doorstep. But, hey, just another bump in the road. A part of the process. And one day, I’ll be looking back on all this with a smile saying to myself “I remember when…”
The convenience of online casting websites is amazing, but that also means anyone can sign up. Here are a few important reminders to make the most of your use on these Casting Sites:
- make sure your uploaded headshot looks as good thumbnail size and will stand out in a crowd
- have more than one “look” so you can choose accordingly, based on the role you are submitting for
- even if you have an agent (commercial, theatrical or both), continue to submit yourself
- submit daily and as early as possible (casting directors can get thousands of submissions for one role in one day so make sure you are one of the first to be seen)
- even if you don’t match the character description perfectly, submit anyway! (who knows, you may be just the actor they were looking for but just didn’t know it)
- however, if you’re totally wrong for the part do not waste your or the casting director’s time in submitting
- remember to keep your online resume updated (I tend to forget! maybe you want to set yourself reminders once a month on your calendar or phone)
- upload clips from your reel (even better if you can have different clips to showcase different skills, like comedy, drama, improv, etc so you have choices when CD’s ask for a clip)