This is a business where you have to make things happen. Very rarely do things fall in your lap. So how can I get something new for my reel? Well, find a writer, hire a studio, makeup, and and editor, and do it! I know that you're thinking... "right," but it's as simple as that. Tap into your resources and remember, your acting career is a business. You must always sharpen your skills (a topic I'm pretty passionate about for another post), but also make things happen. My reel is TOTALLY out of date? Why? Because I hate chasing people down for footage, I don't like what I get, blah, blah, blah. It's all excuses. So here's what I've done, and I can't wait to share it with you:
I found a talented writer who knows my strengths as an actress. We chose a scene location, i chose a talented actress I know to work with me, and voila, we have a short script for a scene.
I booked the studio, camera, sound, make-up artist, confirmed my scene partner, worked with a writer, and paid for the editing. Good material is critical. Here's how it turned out: