I've made a few changes to my 3-week-old reel by:
1) leaving out illustrations
2) more energizing music
Don't know if it works for me, but what do you think? Still no job/gig offers for this entry-level seeker.
Nobody responded to your post . . . I'll venture my opinion.
The work on your reel looks good, but it looks really restrained. I mean, it looks good in the technical skills department, but it needs a little more flair. I really liked the machine gunner clip that you put in there, and I think you should continue along those lines. Look at some work that your favorite design houses have done, and try to emulate that to start. After that, I'm sure you'll develop your own style that's a little more experimental, edgy, and in your face, and then you should be good!
Don't take this as a detraction . . . . I think your work is really good, you just need to cut loose a little bit. I'd definetly hire you as an animator, but to be honest, not as a designer. You have the ability in you, you just need to bring it out a little more.