How To Start Doing Commercial Videography.
There comes a time in every artist's life when he/she realizes that it's time that they shed off their amateur tag and start earning.
If you're an amateur videographer and looking for avenues to start earning, it's always advisable to learn basic video editing.
Here are some domains you can venture into;
1 . Wedding Films
Weddings are considered as the most beautiful day of a couple's life and plenty of them are willing to shell out to have a beautiful video memory of that special day. The only thing you have to do is work on your skill and create a portfolio because at the end of the day it's your portfolio which will get you clients. (go read our "portfolio building explained" if you haven't already)
2. Music Videos
In the present day scenario a lot of people are getting into the music industry and almost all of them want a video to make their music stand out. The added benefit of making music videos is the friendships you make with musicians. It adds the future benefit of more collaborations. If you shoot a music video for a band, they may make you a deal when you have a project and want to use their music. You can also help them to record their concerts
3. Corporate Films
With 85% of consumers saying that they want to see more video content from brands, businesses are clamoring to get their hands on more video content. It makes sense for the business to outsource their video production needs to freelancers to get it done quickly. you could also proactively approach businesses that have potential but don’t have much video content available.
4. Live Events
Concerts, corporate events, product releases, speakers, conferences. That’s just the starting list. Aim for events that are reoccurring. If an agency wants you to film their new product release party, make a video great enough that they call you back for the next product release. Companies will promote their next event with a video from the previous year. Then you’re setting yourself up for a yearly gig.
5. Stock Footage
You can sell your footage to places like Shutterstock. Stock footage also incorporates just about anything. People are usually looking for b-roll when buying stock, so that should be your number one priority. You can shoot landscapes, buildings, people, just about anything. Make sure you are shooting at least 1080p, but most buyers are looking for 4K footage.
There's a popular saying that an artist doesn't charge for an art that took 2 hours for him/her, but for the 2 years time he/she spent learning that particular skill that enabled him to do it in 2 hours.
Start building contact and keep refining your skills! Hustle and you'll get there where you want!