I am new to the film industry, though I have done theater for a number of years. I keep getting mixed messages on having a reel. A lot of the film work I have done so far are shorts and I have not as yet paid someone to put together a demo reel for me. I don't actually as yet have copies of those productions. I get some advice saying casting directors don't care about seeing a reel, just resume and head shot, and others who won't look at me without a reel. I live in the Midwest, so most of my work is coming from south of Chicago, though I do have some work scheduled for Chi-town now. Does anyone out there have (especially Casting Directors) have some advice?