Video: How To Make a Demo Reel Part 5 – Staying Mentally Strong

There is something extremely vulnerable about working on camera – you are essentially showing yourself to the world and whispering softly, ‘please like me’.

In the final edition of our 5-part series on how to make a demo reel, Director of Content Brian Clapp explains how to stay mentally strong as you start sending out your demo reel to prospective employers.

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Video Transcript for “How to Make a Demo Reel Part 5 – Staying Mentally Strong”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: Alright we’re in part 5 of our How to Make a Demo Reel series – and it’s time to talk about the touchy-feely stuff.

After you have built this great demo reel and have a strategy for where you are going to send it, you are probably feeling full of confidence – but then you have to do this very vulnerable thing, which is sending your reel out to various news directors and hoping that they like you.

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Maintaining confidence is important for aspiring TV reporters and anchors

The problem is you may send your demo reel out to thirty markets and not hear anything back from any of them. You don’t know if you were a finalist, if you were terrible, or if you need to change everything.

The mistake people make is they start to develop their own narrative after that, filling themselves with self-doubt and questioning everything.

They assume that not hearing anything means everyone hated them, that they didn’t like their style or their hair or their voice or their personality – and they start trying to make dramatic changes.


Take a deep breath, and understand that this process takes time. You need to find that one news director that sees your demo reel and thinks you have the type of potential they are looking for. Every anchor or reporter that I have worked with will tell horror stories of sending out countless demo reels initially and never hearing anything back.

The advice they all give – you have to maintain confidence that the next reel you send out will be the perfect match for your career.

So maintain your confidence, I know it’s easier said than done, but trust me the biggest mistake you can make is impulsively changing everything.

Be yourself, stick to the process and stay confident.

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 &

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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