THE INGREDIENTS OF A QUALITY SHOWREEL: PART I

By: Leah Charles-King

The creation of a showreel is a very important presentation of yourself as a creative professional. It’s a visual CV and one of the most crucial tools in getting yourself before TV Producers or Commissioners. Without one you will not get a look in!

This blog will give you a kick-start of how you may go about it, whilst offering some practical tips in creating a quality showreel to make you standout in a fresh way.

TIP: It is preferable for TV Execs if your ‘reel is no longer than 2-3 minutes. To be honest, they will have already made their minds up about you within the first 30 seconds! Often a showreel isn’t even watched until the very end, so put your best content first.

Let’s get started!

Be ruthless in how you edit:

  • Don’t become attached to all the material you have recorded, especially the bits that don’t showcase the best of your talent.

Focus on your strengths:

  • It will be easy for producers to quickly see what you are capable of and the potential areas you can grow into as your career continues. Ensure to feature any clips which will enhance your ‘reel.

Keep it short and engaging:

  • Your showreel should be no longer than two-three minutes. Casting directors and TV Producers are bombarded with materials to watch, so be sure to put your best work at the beginning to leave a lasting first impression.

Real technique wins over originality:

  • We all have unique and original qualities to showcase, however don’t neglect basic techniques in attempting to standout. These techniques include knowing your subject matter, how to speak directly into camera and having good interview skills, such as microphone management. Implementing these tips will hopefully put you in good stead.

Lastly, remember to look for opportunities to keep your showreel current, especially if you happen to change your look. TV Producers may not look upon this favourably if they have offered you a job and you show up to the shoot looking completely different!Focus on your strengths.

  • It will be easy for producers to quickly see what you are capable of and the potential areas you can grow into as your career continues. Ensure to feature any clips which will enhance your ‘reel.

Hopefully, these tips will help you create a winning showreel that will get you noticed for all the right reasons. If you’re just getting started take a look at our blog on the First 8 Steps to Becoming a TV Presenter.

If you think you’re ready to get a bit more hands on in learning practical TV Presenting skills, check out our Two Day Bootcamp

Coming up “How to film footage for your showreel” and “What should I include on my showreel?”

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ABOUT THE WRITER:

Leah Charles-KingLeah Charles-King is the Founder of The Red Carpet Academy. She is a multi-ward winning TV Presenter with 13 years experience of presenting on mainstream television in the UK and worldwide. www.leahcharlesking.com

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