The beauty of the internet is that it has vastly increased the opportunity for people to make careers doing things they love. What was once thought of as a hobby you only do with your friends making videos in 2021 is turning out to be quite a lucrative and flexible way to earn a living. A video editor on salary in Los Angeles can make anywhere from $26k-$72k a year according to Zip Recruiter. Whether you’re trying to land a salary job or a freelance gig here is the one thing you’re going to need if you want to get hired: That one thing is a killer video reel. A video reel is your portfolio, your first impression: your everything. A good reel will make you and a boring reel will break you. Well not literally, unless the client gets incredibly mad and happens to have the same sized guns as Matt Komo’s arms. The key to making an effective video reel is tailoring it to the kind of clients to which you’re going to be pitching. Want to do Real Estate Drone Photography? Take some photos of some million dollar houses on your free time. Want to edit concert videos? Ask a local venue to shoot content for free or connect with an artist via Instagram and ask them if they want a free video. Boom. In the modern age, your reel is your resume. No one cares where you went to school, who your dad is, or why you shoot on the worst brand of cameras: Nikon. They care about your skill set, attitude, and if they can trust you to get the job done. The clips in your timeline now, what are you going to do with it? Okay… going to retire after that one lol.