June 1, 2015 at 2:06PM

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How Can I Move This Thing Along? Whats Next?

For the last few months I have been slowly but surely coming up with some of the gear I need to come in on a entry level to this business. I have a camera, just got the new laptop that can handle all of the video editing. I have a somewhat tolerable tripod but I know I will have to invest in another one soon. And most recently I just got in a new lens. Only thing left to get is a digital recorder because I found out my camera does not have an external audio input.

I have a bunch of different ideas for films I want to put to work. But lately I have just been feeling so stagnant. I want to do more but I still have to work and pay bills. I thought I had a team of friends that was going to be my crew but I found the only person that was serious about doing this was me. Ive just been researching and researching. Now I'm tired of researching, I'm ready to get out here and put my ideas on a screen. Im just not sure how to go about doing it by myself. Like how to meet the right people, or what to shoot when I am all I have. Lately I have been sticking to music videos. I have been trying to volunteer for other guys projects but i'm not sure where to find them other than social networking. And that does not seem to be working.

I guess im just asking how did you guys move your career along you know?

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I started out with video like I did with commercial photography, where I did a ton of camera, lens, lighting, audio tests until I felt I had a good handle on the tech side of things. Next I worked for free to build up my contacts and to create a collection videos that would enable me to get paid commercial work. ( I also shot a few Indie shorts for friends over time )

The main thing is to have a career plan and stick to it, which can be a lot of hard work and sometimes very boring at times, but you keep pushing forward until you reach your goals. If things get too difficult then rethink your plans and make new goals, and get back at it.

Most of us had to work part-time or full-time non-film jobs to pay the bills, while we kept working on our film projects in our spare time.

This is definitely a "tortoise vs hare" race, where you have to be a very determined "tortoise" to win in the end... :-)

June 1, 2015 at 5:45PM, Edited June 1, 5:50PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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well I am a very determined tortoise. Thanks for the advice as always. I am actually trying to volunteer right now. Just hard to actually find someone

June 1, 2015 at 9:36PM, Edited June 1, 9:36PM

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Trae Dukes
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Building your network is fundamental to finding or generating opportunities. Film schools are a great place to meet like-minded people, even if you don't want to enrol. Many film schools have crewing nights where the productions call for volunteers from the community or the administration people can take your details and pass it on to students looking for crew members. Community television stations can also be a great place to meet people and learn.

June 2, 2015 at 11:46PM

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Josh Stafield
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I never thought schools would allow me to do that. Thanks very helpful

June 3, 2015 at 2:39AM

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Trae Dukes
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Gotta build a network. It sounds like music videos are your thing for now so use Facebook / Twitter ect to make contacts in that world. Check out local bands playing nearby ect. Get in touch with them. See if there's any film making groups in your area and volunteer on projects. Community TV stations are a great idea. Just do what ever you can to be out there and doing it.

July 16, 2016 at 3:20AM

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Cole Black
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