What Does a Teenager’s Reel Look Like?

What Does a Teenager’s Reel Look Like?

2020-11-04T21:33:25-05:00November 4th, 2020|

In today’s digital age, every actor needs a reel. This includes teenage actors. Most teenage actors haven’t been in the business long enough to have great footage but that’s okay: Casting directors and agents know you are building your career, and the reel is useful for CDs and agents to still be able to see what you are all about. If you don’t have a reel, don’t have footage, and don’t have a budget, here’s where to start: choose one of many great teenage monologues that are available at MonologuesToGo.com and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Make sure your performance is ready and polished and then video record it. Keep in mind that you need a piece that you can easily shoot. It can be set in your house or outdoors, whatever the scene calls for. Try to find locations that don’t require special lighting. You should have at least three pieces. Then you can shoot it with your smartphone and edit in iMovie. Remember, it’s about your acting, but good camera work only helps up the ante! Smartphones are great for shooting because they have a good lens and the sound quality is pretty decent. Create a title card with your name and contact information and place it at both the beginning and end of the reel. If you plan to upload it to YouTube or Vimeo, consider what personal information you want to make public – you might choose to use only an email address. Always show the best work first. Once you get more professional footage, put it at the beginning of your reel. Your reel is a work in progress. Have fun making it!

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