Six Tips For A Professional Demo Reel from Kevin E. West

6 Tips For A Professional Demo Reel

Demo Reels are an integral marketing tool for an actor. For those who see hundreds of Demo Reels in their daily lives, the difference between bringing the actor in or forgetting them entirely depends on how well your Demo Reel speaks for you. What kind of product are you presenting? Are your specific talents showcased? Are you memorable? Following these simple tips from Kevin E West, founder of The Actor’s Network, will prevent you from making mistakes which could cost you the role of a lifetime.

6 – BEST MATERIAL FIRST

You are an ACTOR, not a Magician, so don’t save your best trick for the end. Most decision makers do not have time or patience to watch your whole reel, masterpiece though it may be. Put your best foot forward, make a good impression, leave them wanting more.

5 – NO DEMO REEL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEMO REEL

You are an ACTOR, not a filmmaker, so don’t try to do it all yourself. Hire professionals. A bad demo reel, like a bad kiss, is tough to forget. Network, pool your resources, and make sure you choose a DP who knows that YOU are the star of the reel, not them.

4 – DO NOT WRITE YOUR OWN MATERIAL

You are an ACTOR, not an award-winning writer. There are decades of material from award-winning writers, find something that fits you and make it yours. As Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

3 – PRESENT YOUR NAME & FACE AT THE SAME TIME

You are an ACTOR, not a Celebrity (yet). Put a face to the name, not a blank screen and an email. Don’t give viewers a reason to forget you!

2 – DO NOT MAKE SOMEONE ELSE THE STAR

You are an ACTOR, not a Co-Pilot. Begin with you, end with you. Ensure that your scenes maintain their information, but trim extraneous dialogue so you can keep the focus on YOU.

1 – DO NOT WASTE TIME

You are an ACTOR, not a Co-Pilot. Begin with you, end with you. Ensure that your scenes maintain their information, but trim extraneous dialogue so you can keep the focus on YOU.

Kevin E West is a 20 year veteran of television and film
and founder of “The Actor’s Network”
Kevin is also a frequent speaker at #ArgentumSeminars

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As actors you have one opportunity to make a first impression. It is a lot like online dating. If you send out a picture that is great but doesn't look like you, your date (casting) is gonna be disappointed. You won't get a second chance. But if you are able to capture your personality and the strongest aspects of your talents in that one frame, you'll find that there are a lot of people out there looking for someone just like you. SO, this blog is dedicated to getting you more dates, or rather auditions. We leave your actual dating life up to you. With over 30 years of experience in the photography and headshot business, I will keep you posted on the business of acting with an emphasis on photos.

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