February 19, 2015 at 7:49PM


I got my first client, why am I scared by that?

So, I got my first client for a music video. At the beginning I was pretty excited about it, but now the shooting is coming and I'm actually a little scared. I'm scared because I feel like I might fail, that everything will go wrong in the shooting, and that I'm going to disappoint a lot of people especially myself, and never get a client again.

How can I overcome this fear and what can I expect to happen that is actually more normal then I might think?


You do everything you can to make sure you don't fail, but if it does happen then you just pick yourself up, write it off to experience, and jump back in and try again.

Everything is scary the first time you do it.

February 20, 2015 at 5:48AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

My best advice to overcome your fear is to be prepared. Make a checklist of everything. Batteries , check, memory cards, check, etc. Know what you want to do before you get there. If you have seen the locations already this is easier of course. Make a very basic shot list. And while you're working on those predetermined shots, you can be thinking of others. This is what works for me. If you're prepared, there's very little to worry about.
My very first paid gig was horrible because I didn't prepare, I just showed up with a camera and tripod and pretty much faked it. Video came out horrible in my opinion. But my horrible wasn't horrible enough because I was hired four more times by the same artist. One bad job will not cut you off from every client in the market you're serving.

February 20, 2015 at 9:25AM

Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography

This is very normal. I still get some butterflies anytime I'm about to get on set. Don't let the nervousness consume you, just get out there and do you thing! Also, I definitely agree with the guys above. Be prepared! Make a checklist of all the things you need to have with you and have done before you go to the gig. Also, it might be a good idea to mark your equipment with a certain color tape so its distinguished from other peoples equipment. Lastly, I just wanted to say godlike and have fun. Just remember that this is a learning experience and you're going to get things on the first try and you're also going to mess some stuff up. Just don't give up and learn from those mistakes.

February 21, 2015 at 2:22AM

Hovig Kazandjian
Writer, Director

Everyone who has replied is right on the money. Preperation will help to get you ready for the day. It's better to be over prepared. Your first gig will never be perfect, but if you are doing things right and growing no gig will be perfect. You should always be a little worried before and have some regrets with the finished product. This will help you grow and get better and work hard in the process.

February 21, 2015 at 7:39AM

Kyle Acker
Cinematographer/ Video Editor

Get used to it! I have filmed over 100 live performances and I get the nervous bubble guts before every gig, but once I start actually setting up it goes away.

February 21, 2015 at 12:06PM

Ian Pfister

Thanks so much for the feedback!

February 21, 2015 at 3:35PM

Carlos Alpizar Arguello
Videographer/Character Animator

I get nervous every time I touch my camera period, hahaha. Jokes aside, it's a very natural, humble, and great trait to have Carlos. Will keep you on your toes. Cocky filmmakers or cinematographers that consistently think "I got this," often do not innovate beyond what they know, which is never a good thing! Stay humble and keep shooting. Client hired you for a reason, so just be prepped and do what you do :).

February 21, 2015 at 8:21PM

Ben Meredith

Be prepared and know that you have the skills and experience to do it.
(At least I expect you have at least some filmmaking experiebce :-p )
It's normal to be a little bit nervous when doing something new :-)

February 22, 2015 at 11:58PM

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