The Demo Reel for the actor is like the resume for the professional… It’s got to sell you. If you as the actor are the product, then your demo reel is the commercial that’s going to make directors want to work with you, and producers want to hire you. A demo reel has to be short, but it still has to show your skills and what you’ve accomplished. It’s got to be compelling enough that people want to see more, but short enough that they’re going to be willing to sit and watch through it. It’s got to show what types of characters you can play, or if you’re not a character actor it’s got to sell what your typecast is… that role that you always go out for, that character that you just nail. It’s got to show what genres you’re good at, can you play comedy? Do you nail dramatic pieces? Are you a horror actor? Just like a resume, after looking at your reel you want people to think “I want to work with this person”.
The Demo Reel has always been quite daunting to me. It’s not only difficult just to get your footage from productions you’ve worked on in the past, but it’s intimidating to have to look through all of your work and try to piece it together in a way that makes you a sellable product. It definitely helps to bring an outside eye on board who can really take a critical look at your work and tell you what’s sellable and what pieces are needed to to show the complexity and range of what you have to offer as an actor. Thanks to Mitchell Verigin of MVP Productions and MVP Self Tape Studio for helping me out last night to piece together this puzzle.
I hope you all enjoy my 2017 Demo Reel, and I would love to hear your thoughts <3