January 19, 2015 at 7:28AM


freelance videography ?? is it helpful

hey guys,

i wanna start working as a freelance videographer.. my main goal is to be a film director .. but i can't stand my 9 to 5 daily job, i bought a t3i and a 50 mm 1.8 and i wanna start shooting!

how can i start getting gigs or projects and how did you guys did it.


Start with shooting a personal project, like a short film, or a demo reel. Show what you're capable of. From there just fire around your video over the interwebs, and people will notice you and could hook you up with people needing some work done for them.

January 19, 2015 at 9:07AM

Alex Kaldeway
Director of Photography / Editor

Get out there. Network and make sure you've got something to show :-)

January 21, 2015 at 3:28AM, Edited January 21, 3:28AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

As far as freelance jobs go, the majority of of the jobs I do are music videos. I hooked up with a rap artist from my neighborhood and shot a video for him for free. A few people saw it and another artist from my neighborhood contacted me and I shot a video for him and charged him $150 (I didn't know any better back then). After that I shot a video for a local artist who had a nice little fan base (for free). When we released the video my phone started ringing all the time and I've been working ever since. Not sure how this method would work for corporate or wedding video, but I assume it's basically the same. Work for free so you have something to show. But you need to shoot the kind of stuff you want to shoot. If you want to do wedding videography or corporate stuff and all you have to show is music videos, you might not get any wedding jobs or corporate jobs. When I started I really wanted to shoot movies, but I got into music videos by mistake and got side tracked by making money and spent years shooting music videos for local artist thus keeping me from pursuing actual movie jobs.. I think it's smart to shoot a little of everything so you have something to show possible clients and not miss out on jobs like I do.

February 10, 2015 at 2:11PM, Edited February 10, 2:11PM

Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography

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