How do you go from novice to paid video professional?
You need to be a student of the craft, build relationships, and work with other professionals. You have to learn the art and science of video production, and you probably will have to start from the bottom. It’s called paying your dues.
Getting a break can be challenging because you need experience to get work, but if you’ve never worked before how do you get experience?
We’ve had the chance to meet and help people from all over the world through Web Video Chefs. One of our community members, Reeshard Scott is very engaged with us. He asks us questions all of the time, sends us his videos to critique and he has been gearing up with all kinds of production equipment.
He is serious about learning how to create videos, and in conversations, he expressed an interest in helping out on shoots.
I didn’t mention that he lives in the Atlanta area not far from me. That is perfect because I sometimes need a production assistant to help out on shoots.
A production assistant (PA) will help carry gear, set up and move equipment, and help out as needed. It’s not glamorous, but it is great experience, and a way to see how pros do it.
Reeshard did so well on the first shoot that he worked that I called him to help out on a second. He helped run the iPad teleprompter on a recent green screen shoot.
I know that Reeshard will continue to develop his skills. He is well on his way to getting work on his own.
Take a look at this behind the scenes video from the shoot.