What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system varies from project to project. I may take on something for very low budget because it is a passion project of mine, or I may need more depending on the severity of the job. It really all depends.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to sit down with them and talk over their vision for the project. What they want to include, what they want it to look like and what they want it to say. I build an understanding between the two of us and hope that they allow me to give some input. Then, once we bounce ideas back and forth I am able to write up a treatment for what they've proposed and hope that they are on board with it and move forward from there.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated with a degree in Film & Video from Drexel University. Since my graduation, I have worked as a professional in the film industry and attended multiple festivals for numerous shorts that I've directed, written and produced.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was 10-years-old I was given my first video camera. I loved that camcorder more than anything. I constantly made short videos with my friends and before I knew it I was applying to film school. It was truly always a passion of mine, I couldn't see myself doing anything else.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with artists, companies, studios, social media influencers and more to create content that they can be proud of. I have shot, directed and edited content for Vine, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube channels and local TV, ranging anywhere from feature film trailers to web series to music videos.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A current project I am working on is a music video for an up and coming EDM artist. It is something I'm very passionate about, as he let me have full creative control over the video. I crafted a narrative story that I believe compliments the song very well and put together a treatment for him to approve. Thankfully, he was completely on board with my vision and signed off right away. It is very high-concept so it has taken a little while to get off the ground, but we're hoping to have the whole project completed in a number of months.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure to pick someone that fits your needs best. Don't choose based on price or experience, but rather work with someone who is going to work with you to create your vision and bring their own to the table. Someone you can see eye to eye with. Don't be afraid to take a chance on someone that meets your needs, even if there is someone who is more experienced or cheaper.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What do I want this project to say? What point am I trying to get across? What are the elements that you don't want to handle and want to leave up to the creative minds at hand? How much liberty can this professional have with this project? Are they passionate about it?