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W hen you’re just starting out your career as a professional actor, many may ask What is an acting reel? Do I NEED an acting reel? How do I get on with NO experience? No need to worry, in this article I will answer all of your questions about an acting reel.



What is an Acting Reel?

a one- to two-minute- video clips of an actor’s best performances

…To see whether you’re good at acting!

…To see what projects you’ve been in!

…To hear what your voice sounds like!

Do I Need An Acting Reel? 

Actors need a demo reel in order to submit to casting calls for gigs.

A demo reel is important in every actor’s professional career. Aside from your headshot and acting resumé casting directors will determine if you fit the role of a character before they bring you in for an audition.



How Much Does A Demo Reel Cost To Create?

To professionally get a demo reel edited it typically costs anywhere from $150 to $400 on average to edit.



How To Create a Demo Reel With No Experience

  • Collaborate with professional reel services that will write scenes for you to perform on a real set
  • Create & Shoot your own scenes
  • Self-tapes/ Auditions
  • Collaborate with student films at local colleges

Reel Services

These services will write the scenes and you will perform on a real set with other actors. They will edit and create clips for you to help build your professional reel.

Create your own scenes

Collaborate with a few other actors that also need footage for their reels. Create your own scenes and hire a cinematographer and sound person and film different  scenes over a single day.


If you do decide to use a self-tape or auditions ensure the lighting, sound, and backdrop look professional.

Student Films

Film students are always looking for talent to be apart of their class projects and they have access to some of the best equipment for their films. You will receive the footage to use for your acting reel in exchange for your participation as an actor in their film.

Here are a List of Reel Services; click name to be directed to their website for more information.

  1. The Real Guru : Atlanta, GA
  2. LA Reels : Atlanta, GA & Los Angeles
  3. Hollywood Headshots: Atlanta,GA
  4. JIG Reel Studios: Los Angeles


As always, do your own research to pick the BEST service for your needs.

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