Well, I've got a final cut of my hosting reel which you can view here, if you care.
It was really tough coming up with this edit because I am a *control freak*. I want to write my own stuff, perform it, direct it, edit it, score it myself, etc. Obviously, there are better people than me at *each* of those things. But that's how I am. I'm the older child. I want to always be the boss.
That's why I can't can't thank Gino enough for helping me shoot the footage. I'm difficult. But I was [mostly] on my best behavior with him. Besides, I picked up almost all the tabs.
Anyway, I presented Rick (my manager) with my rough cut on Thursday. Naturally, I thought it was done. It ran five-and-a-half minutes. We watched it and he gave me a page of notes and edits.
You mean it's not done? It's not brilliant??
So, I spent *ALL* of Thursday night editing.
Friday morning, I woke up to another email full of notes.
A few last notes.
It was really hard to make the changes emotionally. I put in what *I* thought was funniest. I had slick transitions from piece to piece. I chose a great soundtrack. I timed scenes to the music. I hit song posts twice for emotional impact. I thought my piece placement was perfect.
Apparently, I was all wrong.
When I came out to LA, I had the opportunity to work with several managers. Some of whom promised me great things. When I met Rick, he promised nothing. He promised to "take me up a level." What level that was would be up to me.
I liked that. It felt honest, but also optomistic. It felt real. So I went with Rick.
Another thing I like about Rick is that he's a former stand-up comic. I'm also a former stand-up. So we can speak to each other using the same language.
I can tell him that "I think this piece really showcases my voice", and he'll know what I mean. He can tell me, "move this scene earlier in the reel because a good joke is either recognition or surprise or both", and I'll immediately get it.
When writing a joke, the hardest part is keeping the set-up short. And when I write, I choose EVERY WORD SPECIFICALLY. (aside: I do *not* do that here. On my blog, I ramble and brain dump). So with a joke set up: "anything that doesn't add, takes away." So, my transitions didn't add: out they went.
We took out some of my more "sexual" humor and replaced it with my softer stuff: pieces that would showcase likability and vulnerability.
I trusted him. I took the notes and did every single edit without question. Even though inside I'm saying: "NO! Not the elevator bit! That's hysterical!"
Cut. Cut. Cut.
This final reel is not as flashy. But I think it does capture my voice, show my range and showcase my skills without being repetitive.
Now, let's hope the rest of Hollywood thinks so.