Video Production: How To Cold Pitch PROSPECTs Like A Champ (Updated for 2018)

Video Production: How To Cold Pitch PROSPECTs Like A Champ (Updated for 2018)

Today, you're going to learn a new, not-so-easy way to cold pitch video clients, so pay attention budding filmmakers and videographers!

Not-so-easy?

That's right.

If you want to blast hundreds of emails and get zero response, march on drummer boy. 

If you want to send fewer emails, land quality clients and 

  • learn leadership
  • get a better grip on budgeting
  • cast vision
  • fine-tune your pitching
  • and get paid without racing to the bottom

then here's a detailed approach you can start right now in your video production. Everyone wants to be the next Hitchcock or the next Kubrick, but that doesn't come on a silver platter. 

If you want to tell stories of hope, love, forgiveness, _________________, you need to beef up your sweat equity!

How To Raise $1,000 Over The Next 21 Days For Your Short Film - And Keep It

How To Raise $1,000 Over The Next 21 Days For Your Short Film - And Keep It

Here's the quickest way I know to finance a short film. 

It requires:

  • No Kickstarter fees.
  • No Indiegogo fees. 
  • No story (initially).

Only fee you might see (3%) is a credit card fee if your sponsor uses a credit card.

Otherwise, it's your team and the funding you need for your short film.

Oh, and you can do it in less than 3 weeks if you're a bootstrapper. 

Video Production: The Best Ways This Side Of The Mississip To Find AND VERIFY Emails (Updated for 2018)

Video Production: The  Best Ways This Side Of The Mississip To Find AND VERIFY Emails (Updated for 2018)

Today, I'm going to teach you the best ways to find emails to anyone that you want to reach out to.

And if you stick around, I’ll have a video walkthrough for you because this jungle of tricks and gadgets can be a little disorienting your first time using them to find an email.

This technique (or rather, set of techniques) works if you are trying to find new video clients to cold pitch, it works if you are trying to find new guests for your podcast, and it works if you are trying to find Your 93-year-old grandmother who got an email back when Windows 95 was King but she never used it ‘til now.

These techniques are easy, but they are not always quick when you do several of them at once to find one person’s email.

Slackers be warned!

Bury your lip service, don’t make up excuses, and go make Jack Canfield proud.

Total time to find an email: 1-5 mins

Video Production: Pick A Niche And Stick With It (UPDated For 2018)

Video Production: Pick A Niche And Stick With It (UPDated For 2018)

This is so critical.

Right now if you are reading this, I don't want you to read for 13 seconds and then disappear. If you are a budding filmmaker or video producer then you are a microbudget filmmaker. Today you're going to pick one area - just ONE NICHE - that you can take your gifts and go serve others with and get paid to do it. It's quick and it's absolutely necessary for you to grow to the point you’re directing Hollywood-level movies and signing deals with Netflix. 

We don’t need another “Netflix” or “Lifeway.” We need to get off our butts, pick up the camera, cast vision, enable and empower our people, and go share the good news through this little ole medium known as film (and do it without being cheesy).

Video Production: Questions To Ask A Potential Employer And How To Gauge If The Team Is Healthy

Video Production: Questions To Ask A Potential Employer And How To Gauge If The Team Is Healthy

My fellow microbudget filmmakers, most of the site's content is for the freelancer (whether on the side or F/T self-employment) and second to our community, the businesses who need videos. 

But what about video producers who are thinking they want to be gainfully employed by someone? I.e. you're someone's W2 problem. You pay half of FICA. You're paid for time-in-chair (e.g. 8-5, M-F). What about these video producers who dream of telling stories of hope on the big screen or the little screen? 

I don't mean to neglect this segment of video production. Truth of the matter is, all of us video producers have a fair shot of making it onto someone's team. And by that, I mean work with a few bright minds as their employee. Yep, we all want to be the next Nolan, but until then, we must work for clients or a company or both.

In this post, I'm going to outline some of the hard lessons I've learned in my past experience of shopping around at other companies/groups. I'm going to give you a tested (not theoretical) approach to navigating interviews and using your God-given senses to know if they're interested in you and if they're a good fit for you.

Bonus: Stick around, after the show, for a free performance by Limozeeeeeeen. Actually, I'll send you pt. 2 of a list of quality questions to ask an employer that I've learned and adapted to our world, questions I learned from people who are much wiser than I am (e.g. Patrick Lencioni). And just as useful, I'll give you the script I've learned to ask about the SALARY question, when you should pop the question, and how to handle any push back, plus YOUR RIGHTS as a worker and what you're not required to divulge.