Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Corporate marketing and promotional messages, recruiting, training, non-profit events, personal and industry events (weddings, reunions, graduations, family events, trade shows, speaking engagements, yearly meetings).
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I've completed some weddings lately, several event/seminar projects, a couple of personal/corporate promotional and a couple of music videos.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for broad experience and creative/project management expertise. Evaluate the look and feel of demos online and determine if it matches the style and quality you are looking for. Be sure you get what you pay for, and remember that you get what you pay for.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How does rough footage of events and productions come together for a polished result? What's the overall process, time needed for each step and creative issues?
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do you have pertinent experience for what I want to do? Why is there such a large range of pricing for videography? What is included for the pricing? Where can I see samples of work in my price range?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Scope of the event and general coverage needs (how many camera guys and how much time, how many people/points to cover), final delivery editing polish (or simply raw footage) and other design elements (extra design items, animation, etc)
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Higher level of "storytelling" in shooting and editing - creating not just a video record, but adding creative and engaging polish to edits, design elements, fx and audio to build a more grand and exciting "mood" and story.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I work in all kinds of media fields, including broadcast, corporate, personal events, non-profit. Additionally I teach media classes at several local community colleges - everything from design to animation and video production. Teaching keeps me on my toes with new developments and style treatments, and keeps my skills honed.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strengths are attention to detail, strong ability to highlight people and events creatively to "tell the story" in an exciting way, outstanding editing and camera/people interaction skills. Good creative support network for larger projects and strong solo creative/production abilities to "wear all the hats".