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Demo Reels Are Only as Good as Their Editing

If you have footage from projects you’ve been in, you will want to create a Demo Reel from them.  But it’s not such a straightforward, simple thing to do.  It is extremely important to create the Demo Reel in the way that presents you in the best manner possible. 

This means two things:

The Industry Standards for Demo Reels are Demanding

How long should it be?  What should start it?  How should it end?  How are clips arranged? Do I add music?  A montage?  Mix comedy with drama? Title the clips? How? Include a headshot?

These are just a few of the questions that confront someone editing a demo reel, and you can be sure that casting and representation have fairly rock solid answers to all of them.  If you don’t know those answers you are running the very real risk of shooting yourself in the foot.  A non-standard Demo Reel screams “Amateur”, because all the pros keep their Demo Reels right in line with what’s expected by the industry.  At ActorIntro, we are well versed in the current standards and make sure to create Demo Reels that are seen as 100% professional grade.

Your Demo Reel Should Showcase YOU in the Most Effective Way Possible

Editing around other actors, and highlighting your performance, in a way that is not disruptive or confusing, is an art. The relatively brief length of a Demo Reel makes it imperative that every moment of it must serve a purpose, and the purpose is to make you look good.  Knowing how to lead your reel is of utmost importance, since in the casting process sometimes your reel will be viewed for a few seconds only before there’s a determination made of your candidacy for a role.  The flow of your Demo Reel is also very important; how to arrange the clips, how to transition between them, and how to bring it to a close.  We consult with the actor and determine the best way to handle all these considerations.