[Podcast] Ep90: Creating a Kick-Ass Demo Reel

“How can I create a demo reel without any work, and how can I get work without a demo reel?” is a question almost as timeless as the chicken/egg argument. Until recently this was an incredibly difficult problem to solve, but with the advent of so much new technology as well as the ability to download videos from online sites, this process has become much easier.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with EditStock* founder Misha Tenenbaum about how his company provides the raw material necessary for editors to learn their craft and perfect it for many different genres, and more importantly how to craft the perfect demo reel in the 21st century (funny enough, it doesn’t involve creating a “reel” at all).

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Using raw dailies (EditStock.com) to learn how to cut scenes
  • How to build a demo reel
  • Tools to build an online website portfolio
  • Overcoming the paradox of needing a reel to get an editing job
  • How to highlight your editing skill rather than listing your projects
  • Making a strong impression with your portfolio site
  • Managing criticism and feedback to become a better editor
  • Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hours
  • Seeking mentorship that will strengthen your work
  • Choosing jobs that promote growth

Useful Links:

EditStock on Facebook


Zack’s Portfolio Site

Q&A Submissions

Athletic Greens

FiP Amazon Link

FiP EditStock Promotion (Use code: ‘FIT’ at checkout for a 15% discount)

Guest Bio:

Misha is the founder of EditStock.com, a site that provides professional quality film footage for editors to practice with.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”