How to Get Started in Video Production — 5 Tips

How to Get Started in Video Production — 5 Tips

– So how do you get
started in video production whether you want to do
weddings, commercials, or just freelance video work. Well, in this video, I’m gonna be sharing my five best tips, coming up. (upbeat music) Hey what’s up, Sean here with Think Media, bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence
with online video. And on this channel we do
a lot of tech gear reviews, as well as Q & A videos,
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consider subscribing [email protected] asks, “Not sure if
you have any experience “in this field, but how
should I get started “doing wedding videography/photography? “Or in general, how do I get the word “around my area that I’m
new in the film business?” Thanks for the question. So when it comes to the creative industry, whether that’s video, film, design, there’s really a lot of different paths for building your influence,
your skills, and your career. But I kinda wanna share some
tips from my personal journey. And the first one is,
volunteering or interning. The way I actually got
started in video production, before I started video
production later in my life, was volunteering and actually
interning at a church. Men of Marysville, January is
your month with two awesome. Gonna be limited. 7:00 p.m. is when it starts, and you’ve gotta get there early. And you can actually see
from some of this footage we were doing video announcements. And so I was learning how to shoot videos, edit videos, audio, you know lighting. I was learning all these
different things hands on. And the cool thing about
interning and volunteering was I didn’t have any money right. And so maybe you can relate to being broke and not being able to invest in gear. So I was able to get my hands on the gear that the church owned. So I was able to get the experience, get the editing software,
all of these different things so I could level up my skills. So your goal here with number one, is to get experience
in your specific area. So maybe ask the question,
is there somebody who’s actually doing wedding
videography or photography in your local area that you
could reach out to and say, “Hey, can I assist you, could I follow you and shadow you for a shoot? “I’ll carry your bags, I’ll help out, I won’t get in the way.” That is one of the quickest ways to level up your experience fast. Tip number two is say yes to everything, including unpaid work. Yes, does that mean work for free? It does, because again, early on you really
wanna master your craft. And so I’m not saying that you should only ever do free work. But when you’re just starting, you wanna get as much
experience as possible. And so, as I mentioned, I
was volunteering for free at my local church in
kind of North Seattle area for years, back around 2003 to about 2009. But then eventually I started a business called Clear Vision Media. And then I started to do
either sometimes free work, but at this point even
low paying projects. Because I wanted to
get my portfolio built, get my experience going. And so in those days, I
mean I did random stuff. I did a commercial for
a Mexican Restaurant, I shot my cousin’s wedding. I remember doing like a blues concert. I did some hip-hop concerts, and actually I’ll put a link
to my video production channel. ‘Cause that’s still on YouTube. We’ll link it up in the
description as well. If you wanna kinda check
it out to just get an idea of just some of the
random stuff that I did. But all of that was so important in rounding out my
skills as a videographer. Tip number three is build your portfolio. So in addition to potentially
doing some free work, volunteering, and maybe interning, if you’re just getting started, I wanna encourage you to make sure you’re building your portfolio online. And so that’s actually one
of the reasons why I started my Clear Vision Media channel, was not because anybody was expecting me to upload videos there, but I wanted to have a
place where my body of work could be collected. So ask yourself, where are you building your portfolio online? Is it a YouTube channel? Or maybe it’s like a Behance account, or like there’s these other options for really building up your body of work. And as you can see from
these first three tips, it is all about getting as
much experience as possible. I love this quote from
Dale Carnegie that says, “Learning is an active process. “We learn by doing. “Only knowledge that is
used sticks in our mind.” So when I think about how
did I learn video editing or even photography, or
these different things? I learned it most by being hands on. And actually, today I’ve posted well over 2,000 videos online. That sounds a lot, but
I’ve been doing this for like about 15 years. And that’s not just my YouTube channels, but for clients or for a
church I was working at, tons of different content
that I posted online. And it’s by doing that much volume that I was able to level
up my skills the most. Number four is study the greats. And so, identify the best of
the best in your industry, in your specific topic. So maybe the best of
the best photographers, but not necessarily general photography. You know, if you don’t wanna
do landscape photography, but you wanna do weddings. Who are the best of the
best wedding videographers and photographers in your; that there are, that you can follow, learn from. And additionally, you should be doing this while you’re going through
all the first three tips. Like while you’re producing
work, always be learning. Make a commitment to lifelong learning. And I love this quote
from Michael Jackson, a legend in his own right, that he said, “Study the greats, and
become even greater.” So there’s something about acknowledging and figuring out who are
the greats in your industry, and how can I study and learn from them. So one example in wedding videos, and I was doing a lot of those early on, was I discovered a kind of company and a group of people called Still Motion. And so we’ll link to them
in the description below. But I remember they had tutorial videos, I would watch their work,
I would study their work. They even did workshops that
traveled through cities. And so we would invest
in things like those. I think a huge commitment in investing in your own education when it comes to mastering your craft, is very important. Okay, so I talked about five tips, but those first four kind
of go under phase one, which I really believe is kind of that mastering your craft phase. You know the thing is,
you don’t wanna start marketing a bad product. And when you’re creating video
or you’re doing photography, it’s not that you can’t get
started at wherever you are and start charging. But there’s something
about reaching a level of mastery first, and then
the marketing is a lot easier. Again, the best marketing
in the world on bad content will really never work. So phase one is focus on
those first four tips, and master your craft. And then phase two is get the word out. So you asked, “How do I get the word out “about my new business?” And one tip that I’ll give
here, point number five, is social media and YouTube. It’s amazing that we live in an age that is very advantageous
for videographers, for photographers. Because what better place
to grow your influence as a photographer than Instagram. You know, what better place
to grow your influence as a videographer than YouTube? These are free platforms where
you can publish your work, build your influence, and have
that lead to new business, and new people discovering
you to hire you. And so let’s talk about a very
practical example of this. So when I was growing my
business, Clear Vision Media, and I was doing wedding videos, I did a video that I titled
Bellingham Wedding Video. Now Bellingham’s about
two hours north of Seattle in Washington State. And I did a wedding there,
and I put that video on my YouTube channel, and
I titled it in a certain way so that it would get
discovered by people locally in that same area that might be looking for a wedding videographer. And to this day, if you type
in Bellingham wedding video, that video still ranks number one. And to this day I still get inquiries about, “Hey, can I hire
you for a wedding?” Or, “We’re gonna have a
wedding at the same place, “can I hire you?” And so that’s a way to
position your content to get discovered that
can lead to business. And then what would happen is that, again, the content itself has to be good. People watched the video and said, “I want that same quality. “I want a wedding video like that. “I want that kind of content.” So that was step one, and then step two is making sure that they could find you. Whether that’s the email address, you know having forms on your website. So then emails come to me that say, “Hey can I hire you.” And it leads to just really a
countless amount of inquiries. Another example, of
course, is if you really wanna grow your influence
with photography, be on Instagram and be
mastering Instagram, studying Instagram, and
posting amazing video clips, photo clips. Every bride is pretty much on Instagram. So you know, if you
wanna grow your wedding photography/videography business, master these social media platforms, and that would be my number one tip for getting found in your city. And if you’re interested
in a few more tips on that, I have a video on how to use social media to promote your business,
and get more traffic to your website. So I’ll link that up on the YouTube card, and in the description below. Question of the day. What are your tips for getting started in video production? Post them in the comments below, and remember that some of the best tips and feedback come from you,
the Think Media community. So definitely connect with everybody in the comment section. And, if you have any
questions about this topic, post those in the comment section as well. So thanks for checking out this video. Subscribe for more videos just like this. If you wanna check out that video with more social media tips
for growing your business, you can check it out here. Check out another Think Media video here, and until next time,
Think Media is bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence with online video. Keep crushing it, and we will talk soon.


100 thoughts on “How to Get Started in Video Production — 5 Tips”

  • My wife and I have been encouraged and motivated to start our channel and share our journey as preemie parents. Thank you for this information.

  • wow nice video and thanks for giving tips
    Achually i am interested in making movies and i want to Create my own Production company

  • Can you do a video on growing on Twitter? I’ve been tweeting daily, comment under others tweets, hashtagging, “@“ people, and following (which I don’t like to do since it’s not genuine. I have almost 60 followers and zero interactions when I post :/

  • Ah such a helpful list of tips! I actually have been filming a video today for my channel.

    I’ll definitely have to implement some of these into my film and photography. 🔥

  • Thank you so much for answering my question! I really appreciate how you took the time to answer my question with your helpful advice. As of now I have been doing some free work and I am taking film classes at my school so I can say that I have confidently passed phase 1. Right now I'm charging low rates for jobs until I've built my portfolio to an extent where I can label myself as more professional. Once again thanks so much!

  • My first FIRST video I ever mad was on a Flip Mino HD(remember flip?) in highschool. I shot and directed a dumb video. It's bad. I didn't touch a camera again until college. I went to college for Theatre but the program was Theatre and Video, I had to do both. I didn't really like the Video classes and looking back I wish I would have been a better student, but I'm so thankful for the skills I did pick up, I didn't have to start at the beginning like most people do. After college I got a job in Radio where I continued doing Video. I learned that you don't have to be the best in the world, you just have to be the best in the room.

  • Volunteering does not work. They just use you as free labor. There are so many people that want to work in this field bc they think they are going to make it big. They have even stepped it up to create so called programs where you pay a preselected person that they arranged to volunteer to bypass the traditional film or video production route. They only give certain opportunities to certain individuals. The odds are you have a better chance winning a scratch off. You can only get an internship through school. This may sound pessimistic but its the truth. So many people waste time and money and get their dreams crushed. Go get a real job save then pursue. If you are a minority its even harder bc they don't want you in the industry.

  • I remember watching your videos when you had less than 5,000 subscribers! You are one of my biggest inspirations! Thank you for teaching me so much!

  • Would a eos sl2 canon with a rode mic and fluffy mic cover and extreme sports 8k fisheye lense be a good camera for a beginner with a jobe tripod

  • I DESTINY theidestiny says:

    Definitely loved this video. I lived with a film student for months and shadowed all their photo and video shoots. Totally helped me understand the basics of setting up my shot, as well as lighting and storyboarding. Would love to see a more detailed part 2. thanks!

  • إبراهيم الصقر says:

    Thank you for the content that you provide here and on Video Influencers. my channel started growing the last couple of months after using what i learned from you. now im on 8600 subs :D. i was 5500 last month. thank you so much.
    I really enjoy making videos and art. and I truly want to make this my full time job soon.

  • Hey Sean! Just wanted to thank you once again for your tips, they help a lot! You really know what you're talking about, and man, it makes me wanna take on the world through Youtube! So keep doing what you do. You really make a difference 🙂

  • Your catalog of content on YouTube is excellent overall, but lately you have been hitting it out of the park with every new post. Thank you so much. One wish is that you'd do an editing tutorial for PC using free software. Not that I'm cheap(I am), but I just need simple jump cuts and audio sync abilities. I'm getting it done, but it's taking so long I'm sure I'm doing something wrong.

  • A answer to your question.. The one at the ens, What to do to start making videos. For my experience… just go out shoot, Shoot everything and make small, short, long I mean whatever videos. Start filming to snow that falls from the heaven and make a shirt film about winter. its like only your imagination is the one thing  to stop you. Im no where near a Pro videographer but I try to think creatively. I've been doing s short couple of movies. And my god a learn so much for every short or longer movie I've made. Look for some inspiration to shoot and just begin. Everybody learn from their mistakes… even if you don't make mistakes shooting you're first movies… you will definitely learn something to change or do for your next movie. Sorry if I been misspelled some words. This thing of writing in English…. 😁👌🏻

  • HELP!!! I just started my channel, and I'm trying to find a camera that can pull double duty. I want to start vlogging, but I also need a camera that I can do "sit down" videos with also. I'm looking at these three cameras, Nikon Coolpix B500 Digital Camera with 40X Optical Zoom, Olympus E-PL8 16.1 MP Mirrorless Camera w/ 14mm-42mm Lens, and a Nikon Coolpix A900 Wi-Fi Camera – 4K UHD, 35X zoom. Do you have any experience with these three? If so, can you recommend one? I don't have good lighting yet if that helps. Thanks!

  • Vincent Barnard says:

    At least since he did videography professionally, I'd say Facebook is now probably one of if not the most important tool in getting discovered, name out there, get clients, etc.. Right?

  • Has anyone used a nikon D5000 for video? Is this a good camera to buy. I had my heart set on a T5I, but someone gave me a great potential deal on the 5,000.

  • your english is so strong, did you ever think about open a youtube channel to help people to speak english fluently like you ?
    great, you are awful

  • Sean, I have a question, what are the best settings to shoot video with Canon 80D, your videos look amazing, its like watching a movie, is that post production. All I do is shoot and then use Sony vegas pro to edit the clips from multi angles and then upconvert to 4k. I still think the videos could look better. something is missing, maybe need a new actor 🙂 No but on a serious note, can you point me in the right direction of where I can make my video's look better and smoother. Your video's are really top noch. Thanks and sorry for the bother, its just bugging me.

  • Do you need to only get money from online because I helping my uncle with his business and I get 100 dollars per month

  • Verlon Roberts Entertainment says:

    Looking for commendations on setup to record comedy shows. They are usually dark places and do not allow any light at all. How can I produce good vids of my sets???

  • I am trying to make a video for a facebook ad. The problem I am encountering the still image (thumbnail) of the video is not very enticing.
    How can I change it. All the info out there is for youtube but that does not help me. thanks

  • These are some awesome tips! I've been taking on some free and low paying jobs recently to build my portfolio and this really reassured me that I'm on the right path 👌

  • My main hustle I want to do is Youtube, but I also want to be able to branch out in the video production field as well.
    Looks like I'm on the right track. I freelance for a local Christian Television network, CTN. Considering it's freelance, I don't work enough. Perhaps I'll have to reach out for intern work!

  • ok, my 2 cents, about a year ago i got into racing with scca, i wanted to start recording so i bought a gopro sessions, i like it so much i bought 2 more so i could record 3 angels at once, the got to playing with it in premier, then i decided i wanted to start taking it to the next level, so i broke out the 10yo t4i, and volunteered to record services. I soon realized the limitations of my dated equipment. So after some upgrades and stabilizers, i needed something to shoot, well mom has been making quilts for a long time. so why not make little short vids, put to some free music. I now have 2 quilt stores wanting me to do videos for them, and once those are complete and i am happy with them, and a little more portfolio work i plan on just talking to a few more of the shops and doing other vids for them. I think the best way to get work though is to carry your camera everywhere, when people see it, if they have any kind of work they have been thinking about they will almost always come and talk to you.

  • Great tips. Thank you.

    I'm a professional writer and journalist, enjoy photography as a hobby. Starting out in video to diversify my skills and try something new.

    I especially like "Phase 1: Learn the basics/ Phase 2: Get the word out." Agree you don't want to start marketing yourself right away. Hands on experience is everything.

    Finding time to practice while working full-time isn't easy but it can be done.

  • Junkyard Groove says:

    I'm a musician, singer-songwriter, Mix and mastering engineer, a live performer and I'm pretty good. Wondering is it possible to make videos as in learn making videos alongside or is it too much?? just wanted to know your thoughts on it.

  • Reiko Rogers Yoga says:

    Hi Sean, Will you please do a video to go over the best affordable camera that can film continuously over 20 minutes and wireless mic system for creators of active content ? I am shooting yoga classes, so I need to move around but need clear recording and also have a camera that can record longer than 20 to 30 min sometime. My camcorder or camera only shoot up to 20 🙁

  • Hey, how do you use music in videos for your company? Is there a place where you have to buy music from or can find royalty free music?

  • Hey Sean, I nee advice. I work for a company called Listen and Learn on their app called Tunefox. It's web/app based learning platform for Bluegrass. Part of my job is filming and performing the music for demonstration. I need to get advice on some options to get the best product with the least hassle. Right now, I've had a lot of frustration trying to get the right angles and lighting. I'm ready to pay for great advice if you do anything like this.
    Here's an example of what I do:
    I use zoom q4n and iphone, and 3 neewer led's

  • I can edit videos but I cant shoot, does it help me in life if I just want to be able to edit and do something with raw materials even though I cant shoot films or know how to?

  • JFilm Player Production says:

    Hey, I want to work for a sports team doing video media. but I don't know what to start or what to look for. If you can help me

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