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Demo Reel

Jordan recently commented on an old post about cover letters:

Is it presumptuous to include a demo reel link in a resume if it is relevant?

“If it is relevant,” I don’t imagine it would be presumptuous, but I can’t imagine a circumstance when it would be, at least for a production assistant. (Maybe you appeared in “Within a Minute“?)

In the same post’s comments, Nathan the Location Manager wrote:

If you have experience as a Set P.A. doing lockups, you don’t need to explain how you “interacted with the public to facilitate the proper environment for the filming of crucial scenes.”

You’ll look like either a jackass trying to make yourself seem more important than you are, or a dumbass who doesn’t know how unimportant a PA is.

Any sort of visual aid, whether it’s pictures of you working on set or footage from the last film you worked on, is irrelevant.  A list of credits and a simple cover letter are all you need.

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  1. I always include a link to my demo reel….

    i think the blog-author is thinking you mean a reel of on-camera work… judging by her reply. Whenever I’m applying for set PA / camera PA jobs, I put my reel link in the resume, and mention the formats used (35mm, 16mm, HD, etc…) It’s just another thing to tell them, if this person can make their own films, and are willing to showcase them, they should be able to help out on mine.

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