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Should You Have Different Reels for Different Things

I get asked this question a lot. "Should I have different reels for different things?" The answer is that it's important to have a general hosting reel, showing a little bit of everything that you do. Think of it as a general flavor and an array of skill sets. 

Now if you have an area of expertise...maybe you’re a makeup artist, you’re a chef, you’re a red carpet reporter? Then, you should have a reel specifically for that. And also, if you have a couple of areas of expertise, maybe you fix up cars, as well as do Interior Design, you need to have a reel for each. And within each reel make sure you demonstrate a variety of skill sets. You have standups, interviews, demonstrations, co-hosting. Show that you are a versatile host even within your area of expertise. 

That's my advice on having different types of reels as a host!

For more on the main areas of if you should have different reels for different things, check out the all-new book, "The Ultimate On-Camera Guidebook" by Jacquie Jordan and Shannon O'Dowd.

Shannon O’Dowd is an on-camera host, commercial spokesperson, & media training/on-camera instructor. Shannon has been working on both sides of the camera for well over a decade. I eat, sleep, and breath on-camera training and coaching. I literally wrote the book on how to prepare and embellish your on-camera performance. Finding talent managers and eventually, agents means focusing on building out your resume, headshots, and sizzle reel. Having on-camera training can get you ready for the audition. I go above and beyond for my clients and teach up and coming professionals and established talent all over the Los Angeles area. Reach out! I want to continue to build a thriving community of entertainers.


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