Jake the film guy

Video Producers: Prospects You Don't Want As Clients

Video Producers: Prospects You Don't Want As Clients

Bold Nation!

No fancy-schmancy words here - just a straightforward, easy post you can read right now about a handful of clues a video production prospect will give you to let you know they’re not the clients you’re looking for. After this post, you’ll know when to say “adios” before wasting anymore of your time - or theirs for that matter.

And… if you make it through this entire buffet of a post, I’ll throw in three more clues in the bonus section.

Video Production: Find More Clients With MeetupS IN YOUR BACKYARD (updated for 2019)

Video Production: Find More Clients With MeetupS IN YOUR BACKYARD (updated for 2019)

That's right. More. Clients. In. Your. (Figurative) Backyard.

Unless you're a budding filmmaker in Casper, WY, you'll have a big city near-ish to you. And that big city is rife with people who need video production. And 2018 is yet another new year where even more businesses and brands will have to net attention with video.

Forget weddings, birthdays, and music videos - go for the businesses right in your backyard by pitching your services as a video producer. It'll put some grit in you as you level up as a filmmaker.

And after an experiment in December (of 2017), I found the best conversions were by meeting people in person. Call it networking. Call it a meetup. Call it a shindig - I don't care. Get out, make new friends, be a servant leader. 

What To Do Before and After You Move To Another State For A Video Production Job

What To Do Before and After You Move To Another State For A Video Production Job

Fellow microbudgeters and video production ladies and gentlemen, this post is for you. It’s quick-ish (actually, it’s kinda biggish), it’s easy, and it’ll shed some light on some of the fog surrounding this big move of yours.

I’ve worked video production as a PT side gig. I’ve done it as a FT freelancer/self-employed/single-member LLC. I’ve worked at 2 different W2 (i.e. someone else can claim me as their employee) video production jobs - FT - in 2 different states. And since I left home at 18, I’ve lived in 9 different states/countries, sometimes as brief as 8 weeks, and at other times, as long as nearly 5 years. I’ve had more changes to my address than Prince did to his artist’s name. Part of that was being in the military, part of that was job-related. By no means am I an expert on moving, but along the way, I’ve learned a trick or two. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it’ll hopefully shed some light on areas you’re not thinking through just yet.

Small Business Owners: The Ultimate Guide To Shooting Your Own Videos In 2018

Small Business Owners: The Ultimate Guide To Shooting Your Own Videos In 2018

You're a small business owner? Fantastic! You have zero employees or nobody on staff that does the marketing (other than you)? You're in the right place. In this post, you're going to learn painless, easy-to-follow, simple instructions for shooting your own videos to promote your products/services and making 'em look halfway decent. 

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?