Sunday, 25 August 2019

How To Start a Career In Video Production - Make It a Full-Time Job

How To Start a Career In Video Production - Make It a Full-Time Job

Today, I want to talk to you about how you can become a full-time videographer or filmmaker and make an actual living. Probably one of the most common questions I see people asking is "how do I make a living off videos or questions about how you guys can make a living or how you can grow".


Another question I get is "Film school" Is it worth it?

It depends, do you have a lot of money to spend, are you willing to go into debt, and is the film school you are going to go to be worth it?. Some film school are poor, there was not a lot of hands-on experience with gear, there was not a lot of knowledge going around the different classes, the teachers weren't that great, the connection you made weren't that great and you weren't put in a position after film school to be in the industry.

Now, if you go to a trade school in Los Angeles like Brooks or Chapman, they have programs in place to get you a jobs, the infrastructure is there, you meet a lot of people, you are already surrounded in the industry because you are in LA, and in that circle, they also have a lot of hands-on experience with top-notch gear from the industry and people in the industry.

If you are going to a film school route and you can afford it or you are willing to take out the loan to do that. Those are the types of schools I would recommend. I wouldn't recommend a film school from some college in the middle of the country or a school near you.


Now, I am going to go into the top 5 pieces of advice I can give to you, to basically turn videography and filmmaking into a career for yourselves.


1. Shoot All The Time Whether Paid Or Not.

So many people get caught up in they are only going to work if it is a paid gig. I have a friend who is a videographer, he started shooting music videos, he short turns of free music videos. He was trying to build his name as a director, he didn't really care about getting paid, he was getting paid around $200 to $300 for a local music video to shoot, edit, everything

But he would reach out to the artist that he either like or that was bigger and offered to shoot free videos. And the reason was, he was looking to network, he was looking to grow not only his reel, his work, but his network of people and around him.

By shooting these music videos for these bigger artists, and growing not only his work and reel that he can push on to other people. Other bigger artist or other names and people/clients, would take notice of that video and then they would hire him to do something.

Don't get caught up, you have to do a paid gig, you have to go out and pay your dues, you got to do the work it takes to build your name. So don't get caught up in the money and that you only can do a paid job, because you will kill your career right there.


2. Networking

Reach out to people and connect with them. That is where you are going to grow is by building relationships, networking is the most important part of this industry and becoming a full-time filmmaker videographer and making living off of it. The more people you know, the more people that know of you, the more work you are going to get.

Network, reach out to people constantly and don't be afraid to take free work.


3. Build A Reel And A Website

Now, with all this work that you have collected and you've created, build a reel to show off your talents, That you can then pitch to people, for example, you can take all the videos that you have done for some artist, and build a reel, and then you can use that reel to pitch to bigger artist like "Hey, love your music, would love to shoot a music video for you, here's my work, here's is my reel, check it out"

You can send countless emails every day to a different artist or people you wanted to work with. And you are guaranteed to not get a lot of responses, it's going to happen, but that one response you do get out of that all the emails you send, is worth it.

A website. You are going to develop that website, look professional, you can direct people to your website, you can direct into your reel. You want to show people the work that you can do.


4. Be Professional And Efficient

I can't tell you how important this is. If you are not professional and you are not efficient with your work whether it's on production or the post-production end, you are going to lose clients, they are not going to come back to you and you are going to lose that work, and word of mouth may get around to other companies or people, artist, whatever the type of work you are doing, "that this person is not professional, they are not good, don't hire them".

Be professional, be timely, be efficient, and you will get clients coming back to you for more and more work. More work, more money, if you produce something faster and get them back faster than someone else they have before, guess who they are going to go with, next time they need a project? They are going to go with you, the person that did it faster.

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Alright, folks, I try to sum up my best pieces of advice for becoming a full-time videographer and filmmaker and how to sustain that and make a really good living off of it, you can make a really good living off of it.

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