Video: How to Make a Demo Reel Part 3 – Take the Time to Prepare

Knowing how to prepare for coveted on camera career opportunities is a skill that can separate you from the pack.

In part three of our “How To Make a Demo Reel” series WorkInEntertainment.com Director of Content and former TV News Director Brian Clapp, discusses how to prepare so you are ready for all opportunities at a moments notice.

If you have questions just add them to the comments below, Brian will read and answer them all! And please, share this on social media if you think the advice would really help someone in your network. On with the show…



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Video Transcript for “How To Make a Demo Reel Part Three: Take the Time to Prepare”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content WorkInEntertaiment.com: Alright, time for part three of our how to make a demo reel series – the tip today is that you should always have multiple versions of your demo reel created and ready at a moments notice.

TV jobs, especially those on camera tend to be extremely popular, so when an on camera job comes out and we post it on our job board – you are interested in it and so are a bunch of other people. You can’t wait a few days to create a targeted version of your demo reel that fits this particular job description.

The thinking goes like this – if you have some experience as a reporter and as an anchor on set – you should have three versions of your demo reel ready to go:

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Having multiple versions of your demo reel helps you be prepared as soon as an opportunity comes up

Demo Reel Version #1 – You should have one version of your demo reel that has you primarily in action as a reporter, so if a reporter job comes up on our job board, you can send that version out right away.

In that version you will showcase your skills doing:

  • Various live shots from the field
  • Interviewing people
  • Interacting with the studio
  • Feature packages
  • …and more that highlights your skill as a reporter

Demo Reel Version #2 – You should also have a version that focuses primarily on your experience as an anchor on set. Now if  a job comes out that is primarily an in studio role, you can be prepared with this targeted version.

In it you should showcase:

  • 1- shot reads
  • 2-shot interaction with your co-anchor
  • Various reads and live shots
  • Interacting with the sports anchor and meteorologist
  • Handling breaking news and adlib segments
  • …and more that showcases your talents on set

Demo Reel Version #3 – Now you also want to have a version that shows a mixture of both, so now if an opportunity comes up that is weekend anchor/weekday reporter you can send out a version highlighting your skills in both realms.

So now you are ready to act as soon as an opportunity comes up, BOOM, you can immediately  send out a targeted reel so that a news director will see you in the best possible format for the job they want to fill.

The more prepared you are the better you can respond when the opportunity presents itself.

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.

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