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Actor Portfolio Tips

Strengthen your materials for the highest chances

A well-crafted actor portfolio is your gateway to success. It's not just a collection of your work; it's a professional showcase of your talent, versatility, and unique qualities. A dynamic portfolio that includes a compelling headshot, a diverse range of performance photos, and a captivating reel can make a powerful first impression on casting directors. It highlights your skills, experiences, and the depth of your craft, functioning as a crucial marketing tool for yourself. It can open doors to auditions and, ultimately, landing the roles that can define your career. An actor's portfolio is the key that unlocks the opportunity to turn aspirations into reality.

  1. Headshot
  2. Showreel
  3. Introduction Video
  4. Specialty Showreels
  5. Comp Cards


Your most important photo

A good actor headshot captures the individual’s essence, showcasing their natural look and personality.

It should be a professional-quality photo that focuses on your face, with ample lighting that highlights your features without harsh shadows. The background should be neutral, ensuring the actor is the focal point. Clothing should be simple, wrinkle-free, and solid-colored to avoid being distracting.

Most importantly, the expression in the headshot must be genuine and engaging, with a focus on the eyes, conveying the actor’s potential for various roles. This photo is a key marketing tool, so it must represent the actor accurately and attractively.

Makeup should be light and used primarily to cover imperfections and enhance the actor's natural features. 

Don't have a professional camera or studio? You can use your phone camera to take a headshot. 

This is your most important photo.


It's your first impression for anyone who views your profile and can be the difference between being picked for a role or not.

If you are looking for professional headshots, we offer this service at Cozmikk.

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Phone Camera Headshot

Use what you got and don't miss your chance

You don't necessarily need a professional photographer and studio. Even if all you have is your phone camera, you can still achieve a professional-looking headshot. However, keep in mind all the tips from the section above.


Get a good phone camera headshot by following these tips:


  • Use Portrait Mode: If your phone has portrait mode, use it. It helps by focusing on your face and blur the background, giving a depth-of-field effect similar to professional cameras.

  • Find Good Light and Location: Natural light is more flattering than the harsh light from a phone flash. Use soft, diffused light from a window. A room with large windows and natural light is ideal. Make sure the light is facing you to illuminate your features.

  • Avoid Zoom: Instead of zooming, which can reduce image quality, move the camera closer or further away to frame your shot.

  • Use the Rear Camera: The rear camera on most smartphones is higher quality than the front camera. Use a mirror to help position yourself or ask a friend to take the photo.

  • Editing: After taking the photo, use editing tools to adjust the brightness and contrast and crop the image to focus on your face.

If you are looking for professional headshots, we offer this service at Cozmikk.

Phone camera headshot


Show them what you got

The essence of a good quality showreel for an actor lies in its ability to effectively showcase the actor's range, versatility, and depth of their craft. It should begin with a strong scene that immediately grabs attention and clearly identifies the actor. The reel should be concise, well-edited, and include a variety of scenes that highlight different emotions and skills.


High-quality footage is essential to maintain a professional appearance, and the content should focus on the actor, not the cinematography. Originality and a clear demonstration of the actor's unique talents are key to standing out. A great showreel is a critical tool for actors to convey their potential to casting directors and producers.

  • Tailor Your Content: Customize your reel for the type of roles you’re most suited for. Highlight the skills and scenes that align with your talents and style.

  • Keep It Current: Regularly update your reel with fresh material to reflect your growing experience and latest performances.

  • Engage with Variety: Include scenes that show a range of genres, from drama to comedy, to demonstrate your adaptability as an actor. Showcase your full range as an actor.

  • Keep it brief: A good showreel should be a maximum length of 2-3 minutes. Only show the key parts of your acting and nothing else. You can even edit out coverage of other actors if long or distracting.

If you don't have professional quality videos of your acting skills, we offer this service at Cozmikk.

Introduction Video

Show them who you are

An intro video for an actor, is a brief clip where actors introduce themselves to casting directors or agents. It’s a pivotal part of an audition process, providing a first impression and a glimpse of the actor’s personality.

Here’s what it typically includes:

  • Introduction: Start with your name, age, and where you are from.

  • Physical Attributes: Mention your height, weight and any distinctive features if relevant.

  • Background: Briefly touch on your acting experience or training. Highlight the most well-known and standout roles.

  • Special Skills: Highlight any unique talents or languages you speak.

  • Personality: Let your natural charisma shine through; be personable but professional.

  • Quality: Ensure good lighting and clear audio; the focus should be on you, not the background.

  • Brevity: The video should be concise, usually less than 1 minute

  • Delivery: Natural and seemingly unscripted. Look at the camera, and NOT the screen.

It’s your chance to make a memorable connection with the viewer, so make it a good one!

In China it's critical to also have a version of this video in Mandarin, as most directors and casting agents do not speak English, and/or are casting Mandarin speaking roles.

If you are signed with Cozmikk Talent Agency, we can help you film this in our studio.

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Specialty Showreels

Showcase the other special talents you have

Many people have talents beyond just acting. Be sure to create showreels that showcase and highlight your unique talents.


These can be reels such as:

  • Commercial Reel: A reel that highlights your range and abilities in various commercial settings, such as TV commercials, promotional videos, product showcases and paid/sponsored social media content.

  • Stunt/Action Reel:  A reel that demonstrates your ability to handle action sequences and physical feats in films, television, and live shows. This can also include training videos. This reel is crucial for stunt performers looking to showcase their expertise in choreographed combat, falls, vehicle operation, and other stunt work.

  • Dance Reel: A dance reel is essentially a visual CV for dancers. It includes a compilation of a dancer’s best performances, choreography, and other dance-related work. The reel should highlight the dancer’s versatility, technique, and unique style. 

  • Singing Reel: Also known as a vocal reel, it’s designed to showcase a singer’s vocal range, style, and capabilities. Audio quality is of utmost importance in this kind of video, so if you are recording yourself singing, you must ensure high-quality audio recording.

  • Voiceover Reel: A short audio portfolio for voice actors to showcase their vocal range and abilities. It should include various clips from different genres, demonstrating the actor’s versatility. The reel should be under 60 seconds, with high-quality audio. 

Comp Cards

You at-a-glance

Model and actor cards, often referred to as comp cards (composite cards), are essentially a model or actor’s business card. They are used for auditions, casting calls, and submitting to agencies. They are a more comprehensive reference of you as an actor or model than a single headshot.

A comp card typically includes the following:

  • Headshot: A professional headshot is usually on the front of the card.

  • Additional Photos: More photos showcasing the model’s or actor’s range and versatility.

  • Physical Stats: Height, weight, hair color, eye color, and other relevant physical attributes.

  • Experience: Some may include brief details about past work or notable projects. Only include this if it very relevant.

The purpose of a comp card is to give agencies and clients a quick overview of a model’s or actor’s look and potential for fitting a particular role or campaign. They are a key tool in the industry for marketing and self-promotion.

If you need professional photos for your comp card, we offer this service at Cozmikk.

Model Card
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