In the video production industry, it can be pretty difficult to make your mark because of the significant number of professionals there are out there. As a professional videographer, you might be itching for every change or opportunity to film others professionally.
As time goes by, you may be wondering if taking every available job is the right choice for you. At the beginning, it’s tempting to take every job that comes your way, simply for the chance to do some professional video work.
However, if it goes on for too long, you might find yourself frustrated and constantly staying on top of everything because you might find it hard to focus. As a videographer, you need to recognize the time when it’s time to focus on one specific niche in the video production industry.
This might scare you, because choosing a specialization means narrowing your field of options, but as long as you do it well, you’ll find that having a niche means that you’ll be the best at that one thing, which is great for you, professionally.
If you’re on your way to finding the specific niche or field you want to specialize in, you shouldn’t feel frustrated if you find that it’s not an instant thing. You can’t wake up one day and decide that you’re going to be focusing on corporate video, or be an exclusive wedding videographer.
You have to let the whole thing come together by itself, and not rush it. In the meantime, while you’re still in the process of finding what niche of videography you want to specialize in, take the time to build your professional portfolio.
Explore different types of jobs and try to see which one might best suit you. Don’t take every job offered to you, but instead, allow yourself to give each one a try, and use that experience to pad out your portfolio. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way, after all, it’s a learning process, and you should allow yourself to experience every niche as a whole, mistakes and all.
Along the way, allow yourself to open up to other different things, such as different styles and points of view. Work with other people, and let them teach you more about their own personal niches. Learn more about the kind of gear they use, what techniques, and styles they employ. You always learn more from others. Given enough time, you may find yourself developing your own personal style, and one that can really speak a lot about you as a videographer.