January 26, 2018 at 2:38AM


Just starting out as a freelancer. Any tips?

I just dropped out of Uni after already completing a film degree, and I wanna start working as a freelancer. Do you have any tips for someone starting out. I'll take all the advice I can get, but I'm mostly looking for advice on the financial and time management side. Thanks in advance :D


Hey Thomas, I've been working freelance for roughly six months now after working as a videographer at a local news station for years. I've always worked with bigger companies doing freelance work, making marketing videos and social media promotional videos and I personally normally 75-100 U.S. dollars per 30 seconds, and 5 dollars per edited photo (minimum 20 photos).

It is always good to have some sort of contract, that way you can guarantee your payment. I would also always be extremely open to whatever you client wants, more often than not people will tell you to "do whatever you want, just make it look good" but then they'll want something changed after you have finished your edits. Even if you think what you have already edited looks better, it is always best to keep your clients as happy as possible, but don't be afraid to respectfully disagree if they suggest something absurd... after-all you are the one with the film degree.

Another very important thing to do in my book is always try to give more to your client than you originally promised. Whether you are giving your client a few extra pictures, or a 15 extra seconds of video... it can go a long way with clients and you'll be able to keep them as clients.

Hope this helps!

January 27, 2018 at 10:52PM

Harrison Gardiner
Freelance Photographer/ Editor.

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February 23, 2018 at 3:40AM, Edited February 23, 3:44AM

Tat Shark

You should find a way to search clients and win competition...For this you need good profile and experience.

August 22, 2019 at 10:39AM

Peter Coxx

Hi Thomas, most of the job listing services in the industry (Mandy.com, staff-me-up etc.) offer free profiles so that you can promote your education and experience. As a new graduate, I would suggest that you look at gaining as much experience as possible and build your resume out. A good place to start is by connecting with other filmmakers and getting involved in as many projects as possible.

August 23, 2019 at 6:05AM

Philip Large
CEO - The Mandy Network

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