Producers: Creative Ways To Followup

It’s a given that you should call. And text if you have their cell. Email is easy, and can just as easily be filtered (i.e. never read).

To stay in front of your prospect, as a budding microbudget filmmaker, you need to flex your creativity because you're obscure. You and I don't exist. There are 45,000+ businesses in your backyard. You and I are blips. Savvy? 

How can you serve them with a creative, visual masterpiece if you yourself can’t commit to serving them, which means following up with them, and engaging them through multiple, creative channels? Video producers and filmmakers - be creative! Don’t be a slacker McFly!


Fellow filmmakers, if you're dabbling in video production, you'll be pitching your services to old geezers and young entrepreneurs and everyone in between. The barber shop down the road without an Instagram page? They're a tough sell. The digital marketer downtown who does SEO, Facebook ads, Adwords, website design, etc. can't possibly be great at everything. So sell them on the beauty, utility, and ROI of video!

Business owners, you need video. It's 2017. It's not 2003. Your buyers want to see who you are, what your service or product is, and they want to window-shop from home. A page full of text may have worked in 2003, but as Dylan mused, the times they are a changin'. Face the music, you shoot videos of yourself and your family on the weekends. Your buyers do too! It's a powerful tool! People believe what they see, not what they hear, and people love video!

Filmmakers, you have ample opportunities to take your God-given passion for film and video to the businesses right in you backyard. They win with a video, and you win with more experience. Comb through this list, find the facts that resonate with your prospects/clients, and learn your pitches. Sell people on the value you bring them. Don't cut prices to accommodate the tire-kickers.

Microbudgeters, stick around 'til the end. There's a BONUS for you that'll give you some inspiration and models to study in crafting your pitch, communicating your value, and more.

Let's begin.

Do’s and don’t’s when applying for film/video work

Fellow microbudget filmmakers, at some point (if you don’t quit, you eat your veggies, say a prayer or two, etc.) you’ll gain enough experience behind a camera (whether editing, directing, motion graphics, etc.) you’ll be ready/able to land a job. Maybe on a film set. Maybe as a video producer for Uncle Bob’s Auto. Maybe as a wedding videographer. There are so many niches you can pick with film and video. The sky’s the limit, really.

Question is… what the heck do you do when you’re trying to land those jobs/gigs? What about what NOT to do?

Filmmakers: What To Do When You're Between Video Jobs

We've all been there. As microbudgeters, there is always an interim between video production jobs. Regardless of whether you do videos on the side or full-time, there are gaps. What you do in those gaps is critical, and it shouldn't be an excuse to rest on your laurels. Use this time to regroup, train, and find new opportunities!

Note: Make the most of your "free time." Heck, if nothing else, pick up a book and LEARN. Grant Cardone says the average bear reads a book a year, and half of those books are romance novels. If you read a nonfiction book a month, you're doing well. A library card costs only time and you can request books for pickup from your computer. 

Diego Contreras - Inspire Others - Ep. 76: Filmmaker

Diego Contreras has quite a resume under his belt. 

And he's not afraid to go and find the stories of hope, redemption, and faith - bold stories of the underdogs who fearlessly follow the King. 

Check out "The Sandman" below. 

Do you know how painfully exhaustive his treatments are? 

You have to see this. The level of attention to detail is mind-boggling, and if you want to grow as a filmmaker and manager larger crews and larger budgets to reach larger groups of people, you need to grow.