The job of a videographer might look cool for many, especially once we see those awesome videos that either make us laugh or cry buckets of tears. They compose stories through visuals and they tell their messages with their transitions, with the music they choose, and with the angle of every shot.
Certainly, their job takes a lot of their creativity but more than that, it is also a lot of non-creative work like building a portfolio, reaching out to clients, and filing and paying taxes.
It is not a walk in the park
The beginning of every successful career is never an easy journey to take. Of course, there are some notable exceptions, but they are not the rule. The rule is to work hard from the very beginning and even until the time you think you’ve reached the pinnacle of success.
In fact, there is more work when you already successful. Being a videographer takes a lot from you—personal time, creativity, and the energy to do other things than work. It is not the easiest job in the world, but it could be the most rewarding when you see the output.
There is a lot of competition in the field
You will constantly compete with your co-videographers. Many will be as skilled, if not more skilled, than you.
Sometimes, you will find yourself on the edge, trying to decide if moving forward is the best step for you. You have to be on your toes constantly, always looking to challenge yourself to be better than everyone.
You need to take care of the business side, too
You think being a videographer is all about handling the camera, taking the shots, and processing the output? It is also about applying for the proper permits and paying the fees, filing your taxes, following industry regulations, etc.
Aside from being the number one guy on the creative side of things, you also have to focus on the business side which includes marketing your services and promoting your outputs.
Your success will be based more than just on your skills
There are many professional and successful videographers who eventually watched others steal their clients simply because their customer service sucks.
Dealing with clients, especially demanding and annoying ones, is always hard but your attitude should always be about having the confidence to deliver the best output and to convince them that you are the right guy for the job. Otherwise, your bad reputation will exceed your skills and talents.