Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur’

It Takes a Village to Build a Successful Career

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Have you ever been faced with a particular challenge or difficulty and felt as though you were all alone? That feeling of isolation can be incredibly overwhelming, which is why I believe that there is something within the human race that causes us to crave a sense of community. Whether that community is a church, co-working environment, club, online user group, etc. we all want to be a part of something where we can voice our concerns and receive valuable feedback and encouragement. That impulse to be involved with other like-minded individuals is (I believe) embedded into everyone, regardless of the profession.

As a business owner, I enjoy meeting and talking with other entrepreneurs. I enjoy discussing the challenges we face and the successes we’ve achieved. I enjoy listening to others talk about how they solve problems and how they’ve grown their businesses. As a video production professional, I value the time I spend talking with others in the industry about the tools they use for their productions. I enjoy learning new tips and tricks that help me to become a better video professional. Getting plugged into a community is extremely valuable and therapeutic. It’s a wonderful cure for discouragement and it’s an excellent way to remind each of us that we are not alone.

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What’s the Point and Why Am I Reading?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I started this blog in the summer of 2005 as an outlet to express my love of films and filmmaking. It soon evolved into an extension of my production company. However, in the time that I have been posting on this blog, I don’t think I have ever explained why I write and to whom I’m writing. In short, the purpose of this blog is to give you, the reader, some insight into the world of video production and how video can be used to its potential. My target audience consists of three groups:

  1. THE VIDEO ENTHUSIAST -For this individual, I write articles that teach some basics about the craft of cinematography, direction, editing, production management, etc. I also post articles pertaining to particular types of cameras and other equipment and offer tips and tricks as to how one can best utilize the tools at his or her disposal. Some of these articles can be more technical in nature.
  2. THE VIDEO PROFESSIONAL – This individual earns a living through work in video production, perhaps as freelancer or business owner. For this demographic, I write articles that focus on the day-to-day aspects of being a professional. Subjects may include: how to improve your workflow, how to be more organized, how to prepare for a shoot, how to earn new business, how to market yourself, how to maintain healthy client relations, how to pitch to potential clients, etc.
  3. THE CLIENT – The third audience group consists of people who work on the client side of the equation. Over the years I have worked with clients who have had very little experience working with a video production company. I have also worked with clients who are seasoned pros and know exactly what to expect on a video shoot. And I have worked with clients who fall in between both extremes. To this particular audience I write articles to help both the client and the production company maintain a healthy working relationship. I want to help the client understand what it’s like working with a video production company. I want to give them a few creative ideas that they might use as inspiration in their own marketing efforts. I want to help them know how to prepare for a video production, how they can get the most “bang” for their buck, and how the whole process can run smoothly and efficiently.

Sometimes, in the course of writing these articles for each of these groups, I might offer a few tips that are solely based on my experiences. I understand that each individual and each situation is different. So, my advice might not apply to everyone. But that’s okay. Hopefully you can mine some little nugget of information that is applicable to projects that you are working on, and help answer certain questions you may have. I also realize that everyone has their own style when working on a video project and their own unique approach to the process. And that’s okay too. The beauty of working in video is that is a very fluid and collaborative art form. So, when I speak to clients, or video professionals, or video hobbyists, I am not asking that you change your habits. I’m not asking that you adhere to a certain standard. The goal of any advice I may give is simply to help you (the hobbyist, professional, or client) avoid potential problems and create the best video possible. And isn’t that what we’re all striving for? I know that’s what I try to give to each of my clients.

I thought it was important to briefly outline the purpose of this blog, so that all of my readers can get a clearer picture of my motivations. Thanks so much for taking some time out of your day to read my blog and I hope the information contained within can help you improve your craft, your business, and your marketing efforts.

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