What Your Reel Needs to Run With the Pros

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Don’t know what you need to include in your reel to make it professional? Videographer and Backstage expert, Tim Grady, breaks down what is absolutely necessary for any actor.

The most important component to remember is preparation! Grady says musical theater actors should come in ready to film with three “super polished” 16–32 bar cuts. It’s a little different with film and TV actors; they should submit their best YouTube clips or clips uploaded to Dropbox and go from there. When put together, these traits make for a real that will be taken seriously by industry pros.

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Tim Grady
Tim Grady created the standard format for the Musical Theater Audition Reel℠ with www.TimGradyFilms.com. Tim Grady Films specializes in college audition video submissions, as well as other theatrical and corporate video projects.
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