How To Create Better Content: A Guide for Actors

What can actors gain from creating their own content? As part of MB’s content creation series we present a prime example from Youtuber Johannes R. Bartl.

Johannes worked from one of MB’s monologues called Wasted Talent.

Being an actor is a constant hustle and looking through top casting websites on a daily basis can oftentimes feel like a never ending process.  Perhaps you aren’t booking enough work to satisfy your creative needs and may be considering the development of your own project.

If you are, keep reading.

How To Create Better Content

The real question isn’t necessarily what you will gain as an actor by creating your own content.  We’ve reached the tipping point where actors understand that generating content can add value to one’s career.

The question that should be posed is How to create better content?

To accurately answer this question, let’s have a closer look at the work Johannes created in his Wasted Talent video.

After watching the video, let’s go over 8 points to help you get started on the right path to create better content.

Step 1: Video quality was high.

Notice how the visual and the lighting was smooth.  It was shot well, right?

No one is expecting you to run out and buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment.  With the quality and cost of equipment that’s exists today, nothing can stop you.

Quality must always play a role in your work.

Some useful tips on equipment you can purchase on a budget.  Be resourceful.

There is always away to make it happen.  Always.

Keep in mind that good lighting also adds to the image.  This may sound obvious to some but it can also tend to be overlooked.

Step 2. Audio was tight.

There wasn’t any sound issues.  No static or faulty audio hissing.

There is a tendency to forget the audio aspect of things.  So much time gets spent on the visual quality that sometimes the audio gets overlooked.

This can be a huge mistake.

Audio is even more important than visual.  Don’t be fooled and don’t take the audio for granted.

You can get away with decent quality video but if your audio doesn’t sound up to speed, it will ruin your video overall.

Step 3. The shots used were minimal.

When you the video begins, there is a quick reference to an exterior shot followed by an interior tracking shot. This is also known as a master shot.

A minimal amount of shots also helps for short content because you keep people focused on what you want them to focus on within your video.  In this case, less is certainly more.

B & H provides a basic overview of some types of camera shots that you can read as reference.  Having a basic rundown of shot selections is always a good rule of thumb which will only enhance your creativity.

Step 4. The music was subtle.

The music used in the video was nice.  It didn’t overwhelm and helped to punctuate the scene.

Be careful when using music because you don’t want to fall into melodrama if what you are doing is actual drama.  Make sure you also get the rights to use the music in your video.

Also remember that music serves your video as an invisible character in your narrative.  you can see the difference when watching any of your favorite films for example.  If you take out the music, you can have a completely different experience.

Step 5. One location.

The entire video was shot in one location.  This saves on time/budget tremendously.  The scene was carefully selected to take place in a kitchen that was suitable for the monologue and the characters.

Not only do you want to try to keep your locations down to a bare minimum but also see about selecting an atmosphere that best suits the content of the material.

Step 6. The editing was simplistic.

Not simplistic in a dumbed down way, but simplistic in a smart and genuine way.  You don’t need to get yourself bogged down with quick cuts going back and forth between you and another character in the scene.

Keep is simple.

The cuts were slower which helped the pacing for the heaviness of the monologue.  This was a decision made deliberately and had a positive influence on the nature of the scene.

You do not need to be a great filmmaker in order to give your monologue or scene a boost with some deliberate creative choices all the while staying true to what the material is about.

Step 7. Johannes remained honest in his work.

Whether you are working alone or with a small team, you can neglect the most important thing of all: ACTING.

Don’t allow the technical process to distract you from the acting process, which is the whole reason why you are putting together your own video project to begin with right?

Always make sure that when it comes time to the actual doing of the monologue/scene/short film that you make focused time to concentrate.

Step 8. Choosing a good scene partner.

Johannes selected a scene partner that did not get in the way of his work and only propelled it further.

Be mindful of who you choose to work with you in front of the camera just as much as behind the camera.  You need to know that whoever is going to work with you, be it a friend or fellow actor or family member that they are their for your best interest.

Also, don’t take you scene partner for granted.  They may be doing you a favor, which does include those behind the camera and you should always appreciate any help that you can receive from anyone who is willing to be there for your creativity.

All of the elements taken from this video example can help you create better content.

Additional Pointers

Let’s get into some additional points that will help give you the guidance you need to succeed.

You may want to also read over 6 Steps Actors Can Take To Make Their Own Short Film which gives you key steps you will need to know to make your own short film within your budgetary needs.

How To Create Better Content: A Guide for Actors

Courage

Need a confidence booster?

It takes the will power to face your fears and have the courage it takes to overcome them.  Maybe you have a burning desire to produce a video and upload it online but lack the courage to go ahead with it.

Think about how you feel by not doing your video.  The last thing you want is regret for not getting yourself out there in any way, shape or form as an actor.

The internet is a magical arena where you can express yourself in comedy or drama and get as creative as you desire.  It is as valid as TV, stage or motion pictures and it’s all in your own two hands.  How dope is that?

You stand to win so much more by getting over your fears and going for it.

Nothing can stop you.

And maybe it’s not even about courage.  Maybe it’s about lack of believing in the power of the internet.  Give it a try because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Marketing

Uploading video content you create is only one part of the process.  You can’t leave out the marketing aspect.  The goal is to get people to watch your work, to learn more about you as an actor and to share with the world what you enjoy doing.

We’ve talked about the 9 Content Marketing Questions Actors Need Answered which will cover thoughts on social media and marketing your content as well as building influence.

Conclusion:

There you have some useful guidance tips to helping you create better content.

Have a look through our monologue & script content to help you get a head start to venture out and produce your work.  We literally have thousands of monologues and scripts to choose from at no expense to you.

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