Many actors find themselves on this page because they realize they need to get a reel, but they also run into the classic Catch 22:
How do I get footage for a reel if no one will cast me because I don't have a reel?
There are a few primary solutions:
- Hire a company like Actor Screener Shoots to shoot professional footage for your reel. The quality is extremely high, you'll get access to your footage within a week, and it will look like you've starred in a big budget production.
- Set up a cell phone and record yourself doing a scene in front of the camera. The most important thing here is that we can see and hear you clearly. Do it either outside in a quiet location or indoors near a window so the light shines on you.
- Act for free in student films. A great way to find student productions is to go to Mandy.com or reach out to local film or video schools and see if you can get involved with a production for free. The main issue here is that you'll likely have to wait at least 4-6 months to get access to your footage.