Last year I had a somewhat similar predicament in that I needed to lump all of my skills into one reel and get across how much I actually did. Here’s that reel:
It’s a bit cheesy, and I don’t really care for the song much anymore, but the structure of the song really helped me figure out how to best display what I did, and it ultimately nabbed me two jobs (one of which I’m in now).
I would say find a song that a) gets you excited, and b) has a good pace. If you want to showcase a scene like your first one, that might work better in the middle during a lull in the music, or come at the pause in a song before the chorus. If you’re concerned that you don’t have enough for a longer reel, you can either shorten the reel or be funny with some of the more intangible stuff like laurels.
In the example of my reel, I am a podcast host, but that doesn’t easily translate to a video reel so I used graphics assets I made for it, as well as just random footage of myself from something else and kind of doctored it to look like I was just pulling from the video component of our podcast, which at the time didn’t exist.
And for stuff like writing, I would say break those out and find the one line or two that are your favorites.
Generally the 2 minute mark is good, but if you base your reel on a song, it’s easier to forgive a longer reel because we naturally want to hear the song through.
Just some unorganized thoughts from me. I like the reel and think it’s funny. I think if you get a little bit more visual/humorous with the laurels and accolades and some of the more “non visual” jobs, it will grab our attention and stand out more.
Hope that helps!!!