What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Every few years I will travel to attend conferences that offer educational opportunities but mostly I find what I need online. I'm continually learning new methods, tools and creative ways to accomplish my creative vision by researching and watching online instructional videos.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
It's always dependent on goals and desired budget. Voice talent, on camera talent, scripting, motion graphics, even music all have an impact on the final product. Add that to camera time, editing time and reviews and the process can become as big or as small as your budget allows. When you meet with a professional, have a budget in mind that you are ale to share. A professional will be able to let you know if your goals and vision match your budget, or if you will need to make adjustments to either in order to plan a successful project. Don't be afraid to share your budget!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Quite by accident. I was a retail manager that took a quick weekend job as a runner for ABC Television at a local college football game. After being around the production trucks, cameras and crew I was hooked.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Fundraising, promotional and testimonial videos are my most common jobs. I do a lot of personal stories where I interview people and have a knack for making people comfortable on camera.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The promotional video I did for Willow Creek Creative is one of my favorite recent jobs. We worked long and hard to write a script, capture the right footage and make sure we told Crystal's story in a way that she was proud to share with friends, colleagues and potential clients.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look at several companies and watch their videos. Creativity is subjective so make sure you like what you see and hear. Then meet the people that will be producing your video. Are they learning about you? Are they listening to what you say? Video production is a personal business, so make sure you have a good rapport and connection with the people producing your video.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It's a labor of love. This is not a huge production studio that makes millions of dollars, this is my little business that helps support my family.