Career as a Lighting artist


I have been working as an artist [ both 3d and 2d ] for the past 18 months in a startup. I have been thinking to work in feature film based companies. I have started making my demo reel. I haven’t done much noticeable work where i am working right now, Taking these into consideration , I am not able to properly assess my career as a lighting artist
Would the companies mainly look after the working experience or the skill level based on my demo reel.
[ I am sorry if these kind of question has been posted again ]