I have been working in my Demo Reel recently, because I know that I need some visual evidence of my abilities other than writing in case I am unable to get a position/job for a print publication right off the bat. I have been struggling with this Demo Reel, because recently I was told not to put entire packages or entire stories. Demo Reels now-a-days are no more than 4 or 5 minutes and just include the best of the best of the packages, anchoring, shows, etc. that have been done.
Within my Demo Reel so far it is over an hour long. Included I have the two public affairs shows that I hosted, one was about Welcome to Housing and one was about Domestic Violence and Abuse. Both of the aforementioned pieces are half hour long pieces that I need to figure out which parts to include...meaning around a minute or less from each which will be difficult seeing as they are both half our pieces as I mentioned previously. Within the Demo Reel I also have a variation of packages that I have done, each package is about two minutes or under and I have included at least five of those. So I need to find out how to pick out the best parts of the package whether it be my voice overs or whether it be the interviews or filming. Lastly, I have on there three NESCom Connection shows in which I was one of the anchors. The show is half an hour long and all I am doing is sitting at a desk reading off a teleprompter basically -- so I believe that the clips I choose to take from that should only be used to visually show that I look good on camera and that I am able to produce a good pitch and read at a steady pace.
I graduate in just over three weeks, and I need to get all of these things prepared for when I leave this place as well as all the school work I have now. It gets stressful, wish me luck as I go forth and hopefully I am able to make a difference in the future of journalism.