How to create a good personal showreel

Crucial tips every performing artists should keep in mind while creating a personal showreel.

If you want to gain recognition in the market, then it is important for you to create a good personal showreel. You might be a great artist, but if you don’t have a good showreel then your talent might get wasted, and you might end up without any good work. It is a bit tricky to create a unique showreel, especially if you have done a good amount of work before, because then the task of selection and rejection of some of your pieces can become a bit arduous at times. But if you know exactly what your employers are looking for, then creating a great showreel can become an easy task. So here, I will list some points that you should keep in mind while creating a personal showreel:

Make it look progressive

A good showreel need not necessarily consist of the projects taken by you in the past. It, infact, can be a beautiful collection of the work you have done before and the kind of projects you wish to take up in the future. This approach will not only give a clear insight about your wishes and aims to the employers, but will also make your showreel stand out from the crowd. Don’t forget to include the projects taken by you on a personal level especially if you have not got an opportunity to do them professionally, and would like to get one.

Honesty is the best policy

It is indeed tempting to exaggerate about your achievements, but you will get caught and there would be repercussions. So it is always better and safer to showcase only those projects that you have genuinely completed. Because, if in future, you get some project you are not really good at, then your credibility in the market will get affected.

Less is more

It is a common mistake to make your showreel extremely long if you have taken up a bit too many projects in the past or have some high-profile clients to boast of. But this is something that should be avoided at any cost. Remember that the people you are showing it to are extremely impatient, and the ideal length of your showreel shouldn’t exceed two minutes.

Focus on the content

Good beginning is half done- and so is the case with showreels. Make sure that the best of your content is towards the beginning, because that will help your employer form a good impression about you. Also, it is advisable to add a short, precise and impressive introduction in order to catch the attention of the people you are showing it to. Make it look snazzy and appealing, and half of your job is done!
Work out what your strengths lie

When employers watch your showreel they want to understand your strengths and weaknesses and analyse you on the basis of that; so it is your task to ensure that your showreel focuses on your strengths. You should highlight it with the best bit that tells them who you are and what you are capable of.

So, if you follow the above-mentioned points diligently, you will be able to create an impressive showreel. So get ready to conquer the world with your creativity. All the best!!

 

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