Advice on Putting Together the Perfect Acting Look Book by Susan Skemp
Susan Skemp has travelled all over the world to entertain the masses. She has worked as a guest entertainer for Princess Cruises, played the female lead at the Diamond Horseshoe for Tokyo Disneyland, and starred in “Escandola”, a musical revue in Europe. Some of the big names Skemp has worked with are Bob Fosse, Peter Matz, Earl Brown, Bob McGrath, Dal Richards, and Bobby Taylor. She has starred in countless other plays as well, including her own one-woman show, “An Evening with Susan Skemp” at the Gateway Theatre. In addition to her work with theatre, Skemp has made television appearances for The Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour, Japanese TV series “Rice Curry”, and the Vancouver produced Children’s TV series, “Tell-A-Tune-Town” – for which she wrote six original songs. She has also done live performances as a singer at various events.
Keep reading for her advice to Metro Living Zine readers on putting together the perfect acting look book.
Skemp: This picture should show the actor’s true face, and character. By that I mean a warm, inviting smile, clear eyes, and a focused gaze. Make sure makeup is there to enhance, and not change the actor’s look. Now, depending on the type of roles the actor is going for, they may have a few different looks. For example: glamorous, tough guy, comedic, sophisticated/sexy, etcetera.
Skemp: The resume set-up should be neat, and divided into categories:
- Name/unions, and union number if applicable
- Agent contact information if applicable
- Actor’s phone number, and e-mail
- Stage set-up below info. on one line: name of show, part played, theatre company, and director
- Film, and television (same as stage – all on one line): name of show/film, and character played, TV/film company, and director
- Voice overs (formatted like stage, and film/TV)
- Training (formatted like stage, and film/TV): film school, classes taken, teacher
- Special skills: anything from speaking different languages, to riding horses, and rollerblading
Skemp: [The demo reel should be] short, and sweet. The length of the demo reel varies from 3 to 5 minutes, with 30 second clips of the actor’s best moments. To start a demo reel, get involved in student films to get footage. As work comes in, replace old footage with better work.
Skemp: Be creative! Start an acting blog on your site. Post, and update all of your work that you are proud of! Make sure the site is easy to navigate. [Include] great pictures, clips, resume, and upcoming projects. Self-promote, and then some.
Susan Skemp’s Demo Reel
Performance by Susan Skemp
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