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Actor Demo Reels: Adora

Actor Demo Reels: Adora

Morning Session with Adora

Casting watching literally hundreds of actor demo reels a day, but this is one demo reel we feel would hold their attention.

This morning we shot 4 scenes for Adora’s actor demo reel. Adora had a consultation with us on 5/29, and was looking to create a whole new reel.

Scene #1: Date – Sitcom

Adora played a Date in a Sitcom genre. The material was written based on Adora premise:

Premise: A young woman on an informal first date at a cafe; the date is going very badly but she is doing her best to stay very polite. .

Scene Script

Retta from our writing staff took the premise and wrote the following script:

SUSIE

Yes, you can have the rest of my sandwich. I’m not sure if the bread is very fresh, but maybe that’s just me. I like that you chose this place for our first date. It’s cute, and so inexpensive. It’s amazing what five dollars will get you here. Frugality is a rare trait.

Scene #2: Upperclass Woman – Soap Opera

Demo Reel Scene: Upperclass Woman - Soap OperaDemo Reel Scene: Upperclass Woman - Soap Opera

Next, Adora played a Upperclass Woman in a Soap Opera genre. The material was written based on Adora premise:

Premise: Socialite telling her ex-husband’s lawyers that she’ll sue him for every penny/destroy him. .

Scene Script

Retta from our writing staff took the premise and wrote the following script:

CRYSTAL

As his lawyer, you can tell him he can drag my name through the mud as much as he wants. By the time we’re done with this divorce, he’ll wish he never met me. I will make it my life’s purpose to destroy him by taking every penny, property, and business he owns.

Scene #3: Mother – Medical Drama

Demo Reel Scene: Mother - Medical DramaDemo Reel Scene: Mother - Medical Drama

Adora played a Mother in a Medical Drama genre. The material was written based on Adora premise:

Premise: A young mother, in her pain and anger, blames the doctors and medical staff for her daughter’s severe brain damage and full paralysis as the result of a car accident. .

Scene Script

Retta from our writing staff took the premise and wrote the following script:

LUWANDA

Full paralysis and brain damage? And if she can’t speak, how am I supposed to care for her, Doctor? How am I supposed to give her what she needs? (beat) This is your fault. I trusted you and your team to fix my daughter after her accident, not ruin our lives.

Scene #4: Lawyer – Legal Drama

Demo Reel Scene: Lawyer - Legal DramaDemo Reel Scene: Lawyer - Legal Drama

Adora played a Lawyer in a Legal Drama genre. The material was written based on Adora premise:

Premise: Compassionate lawyer appealing to a jury about her client, a woman who has been wrongfully accused of killing her child. Strong evidence has just been presented that proves her client is completely innocent. .

Scene Script

Retta from our writing staff took the premise and wrote the following script:

THE LAWYER

The evidence clearly proves my client, a loving, dedicated mother, did not murder her five month-old son. James Corvan, her neighbor, a man with two prior convictions, was apprehended and confessed to suffocating the child in its crib. Finally Mrs. Parks can grieve for her loss.

Actor demo reel footage was shot at Create Your Reel Studios in North Hollywood, California.

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