“In the long line of confounding acting advice, casting directors demand that actors have a demo reel if they are to take you seriously. However, in the same breath they will also say, “no reel is better than a bad reel.” Being bad is worse than being considered an amateur, but in either case the chances you are going to get cast are very low. The truth is a demo reel is quickly becoming the most important part of professional casting submissions, even more important than headshots and resumes. Through online casting services, CD’s can quickly view demo reels and, in some cases, they won’t even consider actors who do not have reels. Reel-less actors are considered unready for the demands of a professional gig, so, by that logic, having some sort of reel is preferable to nothing at all “

New York Film Academy

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