So you’re looking to start a career in video production? While it can be a tough industry to crack into, there are certain steps you can take to help ensure not only that you get your foot in the door but that it swings wide open.
1. Always Network
The secret key to life: network! You don’t need to be the best in the class or have the fanciest equipment to get a great job in Video Production. Your best bet is to be nice to those around you. In fact, roughly 70% of jobs aren’t even advertised but find hires through their networks. It always pays to make contacts and keep up friendships, you never know when it may come in handy.
2. Reach out to people you admire
Maybe it’s tough to network when you are yet to find a job within the industry but you can use tools such as LinkedIn to find and follow people whose career you admire. Maybe they’ve started their own production company or they’ve just gotten back from filming overseas. If you can see that they are in a position you want to be in, follow their work and don’t be afraid to reach out. A kind, professional message asking for advice or expressing your compliments can secure that connection and may lead to tips and even opportunities down the line.
3. Keep practicing
Whether you’re self taught or spent years studying, the worst thing you can do is let those skills laps. While you’re trying to find that job, be sure to spend any time you can manage practicing and perfecting your basic skills. Go out and film your neighbourhood, write scripts, focus on areas that need work and develop them into your strengths. Not only will this give you more material to show to a future employer, it demonstrates your dedication to your craft.
4. Market Yourself
Now it’s possible that you’re not trying to find a job so much as make one. You may be trying to start your own production company or build a freelance career. Whatever your aim, it never hurts to showcase your work and market your brand. Developing a social media presence entirely for your creative pursuits can help you build a recognisable brand and either find clients or potential employers. It’s also an opportunity to gain valuable feedback straight from your consumers.
It’s truly the simplest tip there is; keep enthusiastic about your work. Whether you’re in a huge production company or solo freelancing, be sure to remember why you’re working in the industry. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to keep curious about the processes around you. Ask questions and try and learn as much as you can.