They showcase your work and demonstrate your innovative and creative skills. A showreel is essential for all game designers animators, video & film and motion graphic creatives. It provides an employer with an overview of your work and an indication of your skills and abilities. When appropriate, do not forget to include a showreel link on your CV.
Key points to remember:
- Whenever possible try to provide information on the conception, development and realisation of your project.
- If possible, contact the company and get some assurance that your reel will be looked at.
- Research the company before sending your showreel - identify their main area of work and ensure that your showreel is relevant and highlights your strengths.
- Keep your showreel short (no more than 2 minutes). However, remember that employers will usually make a decision on your application based on the first 30 seconds!
- Make it available online e.g. vimeo, facebook or youtube and as a CD or DVD
- Remember to add the link to your CV or cover letter (email).
Fine artists and designer-makers often include a statement about their work and philosophy as an artist. This could include any of the following:
- Ways your work is developing, where it is going, ambitions, intended market
- Influences, personal reflections, key themes, meaning of your work
- Materials you use, skills, personal and professional beliefs/ethics
Refer to the Artquest website for further advice on writing an Artist Statement
Use design to showcase your creative skills
Branding: Students targeting design-related positions may create a strong visual identity for themselves by incorporating the same house style or logo into their CV, covering letter and business card.
3-Dimensional CVs: For industries such as packaging where 3dimensional design skills are key to the job, a 3D CV can show that you have innovative ideas. Keep in mind that a folding CV is expensive to create, difficult to post, and hard for an employer to photocopy.
Unique CVs: If you have an unusual idea you can create a unique CV. Examples we have seen include a tee shirt with eye-catching comments, a CV printed on a brown paper bag and a Heinz soup label converted into a CV. A unique CV cannot fail to make an impact, but always consider if it is appropriate to the employer, plus the cost of production and difficulties of posting and photocopying.
All agencies will have their own style, but in general the CV will be 1 page, include a photograph and will showcase your full range of skills.