Friday, January 13, 2012

A resume tape looks different on paper than it does when you edit it

Last week the Denver Broncos upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game. On paper, it didn't look like Denver had a shot. But, as my sports anchor friend likes to say, that's why you play the games. Things in real life are often very different than on paper.

I'm in the process of helping a client put together her resume tape. We've got the packages lined up just right... that's not the problem.

The problem is the montage, and it is two-fold. First, the client has so much good stuff I've had to watch all her standups and live shots many times in order to whittle things down. (A nice problem to have... you should all be so lucky.) The second problem came after I sent her the order for the montage.

As always, I ask clients to show me the finished product before giving them the okay to send out the tapes. But in this case, the montage I'd written on paper didn't look right when edited. It didn't "flow" correctly.

What that means was that one standup brought the montage to a screeching halt. It was a terrific standup, very clever, but the pace was so different from the rest that it just didn't work in the position I'd placed it. So what next?

Well, I'm going to juggle the order on paper and see if things "flow" better with a different order. I like the clever standup, but maybe it just needs to be in a different spot.

The point is that resume tapes are just like football games. On paper, you may have what you think is the perfect montage. But when you get it edited, it just doesn't look right. In this ear of non-linear editing, it's simple to switch things around, so do so. If you think your montage doesn't flow, play with it until it does.

Remember, it's not "paper or plastic" but "paper or tape" when it comes to putting together your reel.


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