Feel dismal about your reel? Or that you just need to spruce it up? Get some really great acting on it? Well, here at Actors In Action Conservatory of Film and Theatre, we have some ideas about that.
Why not write and shoot your own stuff for your reel? That’s right! Get into your wheelhouse . . .
Do you ever feel totally shut down and unable to access your emotions when you’re acting? For a lot of actors that can be a big problem. Sometimes we are in the habit of disassociating from our feelings in life and that can boil over to our acting work. Sometimes we just get blocked from a particular feeling we need to delve into. Sometimes we’re just having a bad day, or week, or month and we feel as dry as the Sahara Desert emotionally.
So what do we do? Steven Spielberg ain’t gonna wait for our emotional tide to turn.
Do you hold yourself back with your acting career because you’re afraid of being wrong or that you’ll make yourself look like an amateur?
That’s a common condition for a lot of actors, in my experience. Even ones who are “established”. But why do we do that? Hold back and don’t try to get an agent or better agent? Stay stuck in our 9 to 5 getting more hopeless by the day? Go weeks or even months without letting those wild horses of our acting drive out to tear up the fields?
How does an ice climber feel a the bottom of a frozen waterfall? Daunted, perhaps? Maybe, but once they clamp on those crampons, they know they’re going to have added traction to get to the top. Steel-toothed feet, how could that not give you confidence?
Well, if you’re feeling like where you want to go with your acting is a huge, slippery, wall of ice and you just can’t seem to figure out how to climb it—we just need to get you some steel-teeth for your feet.
First of all take heart, every actor feels daunted at times. Even famous actors. The best thing to do is start where you are. And then do what you love. Even if it’s for a smidge of time during your work-packed day.
Self-taping your auditions is becoming more and more common for actors. And will probably one day completely eclipse going into the casting office. There are some advantages to that and disadvantages. Meeting one-on-one can be a great way to build relationships with casting directors. But with self-tapes you get more than one try to knock that audition out of the park. Which can be HUGE.
Don’t have a reel? Well, you need to get one! But if you don’t have one, how can you get an agent and thusly auditions to get bookings and the footage to make that reel? That’s a Catch-22 that’ll make your head spin. In the video below, we tell you how to crack that code and get some great footage to get you started. We also discuss what the industry is currently looking for in a reel and how to make it easy for casting and agents to see how great of an actor your are.
I’ve learned from my remodeling project here at the studio that the job is much easier to do if you have the right tool. Same thing for acting. Is your headshot dull? Your resume messy? Your reel endless and full of fluff? Well, watch this video below and learn what you can do to get them sharp and effective. Your acting career will thank you. Also – new killer memoization technique discussed!
You get the email from your agent with the sides! Awesome! You’ve got an audition. Tomorrow?! That’s right. Most of us get less than 24 hours to prep an audition. How do you do it? How do you make it your own, make great choices, get off book and be that ever elusive “castable”? Well, in the video below we’ve got a pro that walks you through the blow by blow from the night before when the sides come in to the session in the taping room. If you want to up your audition game, watch this!
What did you do this summer? Take it easy? Work like a maniac on different projects? Get an agent? Get new headshots? Recharge in Bermuda? (Must be nice!) Watch this