Keep Your Demo Reel Updated… Or This Might Happen

There is a common demo reel mistake that can kill your big break when it finally comes your way.

An STAA member granted permission to share this story with you about the price he paid for not keeping his reel updated.

Here it is in his words . . .
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How To Stay Positive During a Job Search

A sports talk host once called me because they were considering quitting. They had introduced themselves to the right people. They had built relationships. They had improved their craft. Yet, they were repeatedly frustrated in their attempt to move to a larger market.

During our call, I reminded the person that the people who get to the top in sports broadcasting aren’t always the most talented. They are the ones who persevered. Four months later, this person was hired in a large market as a host and programming assistant. They went from doing a daily show as a part-time employee and barely making any money to full-time host in a large market, full-time salary and benefits.

They earned their dream job because they stuck with it.
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What to do when you don’t meet minimum requirements

Your perfect next job just opened. The responsibilities fit your strengths; it’s at a station for which you want to work in a market where you want to live…

The catch is that you don’t meet the minimum experience outlined in the position description.

Do you apply anyway?
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How Do You Land Your First Sportscasting Job?

Graduation is less than two months away for many college seniors.

The pressure dial to enter the “real world” is at maximum. You’re probably feeling the weight right now. Fortunately, there are four smart strategies that will help you land your first sports broadcasting job.
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Two keys for advancing employer conversations

When you were in high school, was there ever someone you wanted to ask on a date? You might have waited for weeks for the opportunity to get their attention. When the moment finally arrived you were thrilled, nervous and anxious. This was your moment, your one shot.

Now what?
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How to pull demo segments from a video stream

Many play-by-play broadcasters who are doing Webcasts get frustrated when they go to the online archive of their broadcast only to find they can’t download the video. They wonder, “how can I put this broadcast on my demo?”

The answer is easy. Not necessarily inexpensive, but worth it.
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Is your Webstream play-by-play a radio or TV demo?

Many play-by-play announcers broadcast their games on video Webstreams. If there’s only a single camera, some broadcasters will lean towards doing a radio call. Because there’s a picture, others will use more of a TV style.

Do you then use that game on your radio demo or your TV demo?
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