As usual, excellent advice from Truthteller59. But I'd say you can stretch a clip up to a minute thirty, but only if it's really strong.
I have my stuff on Actor's Access as clips. When I submit to a role, I click whatever clips pertain. Less is sometimes more.
I have 8 clips on there, most about 30 seconds. Some a bit more. I took advantage of the 50% sale last year and was able to get a lot up at once without breaking my wallet.
I also have two reels on Vimeo, comedy and drama. I use these when I am e-mailing people inquiring about projects, catching up with industry people I haven't heard from in awhile, etc. I always have these in my sig file of all my e-mails as well.
As far as credits go...I don't list all of them on AA. I have the most recognizable first (and adjust which order I have "TV" and "Film" in to allow for my most recognizable to go first.) I keep it fairly short, have my recognizable credits, then round it out with the indies that seem to have the most weight. One which played at Sundance, a couple from known cult directors, the ones I did kind of recently and if I still need a couple credits...the ones that just sound cool.
I always switch out the "ones I did recently" when I do some new ones unless they have some additional qualifier.
I have my set up as simple as possible, with major heading "Film" "Television" and "Training". Three collums, "Project Name" Role (not the name, just Lead or Co-Star or whatever) and the last collum I put the director or company/network, whichever carries the most prestige.
Finally, in my training section whenever I take a new class, I put it on there. I prioritize these as well, not with most recent first, but most known first. If I start a new level in a series of classes, I put the most recent taken (for example, Upright Citizens Brigade, Level 2 (currently attending).
I have had some success through AA. Had some auditions, booked some stuff. My headshots could be a little closer in to work better as thumbnails, so my next batch I'll take care of that.
What's your reasoning for that?
Normally a minute 30 is the max length of a speed demo reel should you feel the need to do that.
So, to be clear, it's charging you per time, not per time AND per clip? For instance, if I have two separate clips, 30 seconds each, I'm only going to get charged $22, yes? Or will it charge you a minimum of $22 per clip, even if the clip is less than 1 minute? Does that make any sense, lol?
Yes, the price is based on total.
So if you have 2 30 second clips, it will cost you $22
I once sent 4 clips that equalled 2 minutes and 15 seconds and they still charged me $44. So that was cool.
Not too shabby!
When was this 50% sale and when does this usually happen???
I would rather pay $22/minute per clip than $5/ month (castingnetworks) the $22 per clip makes me think before I add it. "Is this really the BEST i have to show in the least amount of time?"
Normally during December
Very good thread, Good to know about the sale in December, I myself wanted to upload different clips but it can be pricy.
Also, I think it is okay to email a CD, esp if you have a relationship with them.
Ive met numerous CDs in workshops who give their emails. I wouldnt do it for every role I see, but if its a major one, I would definitely send them an email.
December i uploaded my reel for $11 which was great. Then, they split it into comedy and theatrical versions for free.
Yes, it sucks that you have to sign up for the websites and pay extra for headshots + reels as well. I think of it as one time deal, i upload some pics and clips and i dont have to worry about it for a while (atleast a year!). But, if its one place i am okay spending money is having my reel and correct headshots being up o n the website where i can link anyone to... Actorsaccess is like having my own website (or close to it). i also have my youtube links pasted in my resume in case anyone really wants to dig deep and find my other stuff
So, what kind of rounding does Actors Access use?
If the clips total 2:15, then AA rounds to 2:00. How much over 2:00 can the clips go before AA rounds to 2:30 or to 3:00?
If I have two clips totaling 1:12, will AA round to 1:00?
I submitted 2 audio tracks totaling 1:07. They rounded down. I submitted 2 videos totaling 1:24. They rounded up.
Was the 1:24 rounded up to 1:30? Or rounded up to 2:00?
They only round to whole minutes, not half minutes.
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