March 24, 2015 at 5:59AM

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Finding Freelance Work

Where should I post my freelancing skills for video production? I'm hoping to do work in both my local area and around the country. So far all the jobs I have worked on, have either come from word of mouth or from me proposing the video idea directly to the company. There is definitely a need for my skills in my area, I just don't think they know about my skills. Thanks for the help!

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Peopleforhour...:D

March 24, 2015 at 4:52PM

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Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director
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I have the same problem, here in Mexico. I don't know if i have the skills necessary to be a video editor. I made a web site with some of my works (www.nicolasauber.com), i made a new resume. But nothing happen

March 29, 2015 at 7:10PM

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Nicolas Auber
Filmmaker/ Video Editor
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I guess best is word of mouth.

March 29, 2015 at 9:48PM

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Gaurav Dhwaj Khadka
Filmmaker
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The question deserves asking some further questions. what can you do to tap into the social networks of those community circles you want or think will be in demand of your services? Word of mouth may have the smallest area of reach but it can transcend any limitations of social networks established online because they tend to be objectively focused. The bigger question is what kind of clients do you want to attract? If you follow the turn of phrase "dress for the job you want, not the job you've got" think of ways you can present yourself to the target client demographic that would attract them and gain their business and more importantly - trust. This differs upon whether you're trying to take your freelance portfolio and approach a company for regular / full time work, or trying to build a campaign or project to help their company perpetuate itself.

March 29, 2015 at 10:43PM

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cameron bashaw
Project Studio Owner
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When it launches, the new platform Movidiam - http://www.movidiam.com/

March 30, 2015 at 2:43AM

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Michael Westcott
Filmmaker
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if it ever launches

April 4, 2015 at 4:26PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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One of key elements I've discovered - be really good, let your work speak for your self.

March 30, 2015 at 3:03AM

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Ansis Imaks
freelancer
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You should subscribe to vimeo, twitter, facebook, Flickr, instagram etc. Share your work and day to day life and follow other DP's Directors & Producers. But be patient it's gonna take the same amount of time as much as u spent to polish your skills..!! Start volunteering!! It's gonna help u and film making community both!! Cheers!!

March 30, 2015 at 12:06PM

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Manprit Shergill
DP/ Director / Photographer
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i think you are approaching it correctly. you just have to stay patient and persistent. unles you have something go viral, word of mouth and having work to prove it. even if you dont have work you should be shooting and creating. Keep youself busy and on the edge

March 30, 2015 at 8:44PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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I've been doing this for a while and have gotten some really amazing gigs, and I can tell you that 99% of all of them were attained through word of mouth. Just work your butt off on each job and come in with a good attitude. The next time that person needs someone they'll come to you, or the next time one of their friends or business partners needs someone they'll recommend you. That's the only thing that's worked for me in the past several years.

Here's a link to a reel of mine that shows the diverse clients I've gotten:

https://vimeo.com/121738767

March 31, 2015 at 1:33PM

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Just being good and letting your work speak for itself, only works if someone is watching.
Network. Online and in real life.
Just posting a reel on a website and waiting by the phone is often like waiting for a reply on your message in a bottle.

Be visible.
Go to business clubs with the clients you'd like to have.
You can even send showreels or flyers to the clients you want and follow up with a phone call.

BTW, almost nothing beats word of mouth from a happy client.
So: always deliver the best.

April 2, 2015 at 9:41AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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All good points here. While I was going to film school, I think I used the last two years of school just to do freelance and get myself out there. I think the hardest thing to learn for me was you will get burned, just cause I didn't write a contract, estimated too low, didn't ask for money up front, client never paid, etc. I think anyone going freelance, you just need to experience these things just so you actually learn what to do next time. I think just trying to learn it from book and the internet is quite different when you are actually trying to get work, because you get caught up in the moment and nothing but experience will teach you. No matter how much homework and preparation you do, nothing will give you knowledge like getting burnt because the client decided not to pay you and you can't do anything because you didn't write out a decent contract.

April 5, 2015 at 6:49PM, Edited April 5, 6:49PM

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