As we all know, making truly remarkable video alone is no easy task. That's why one of Videomaker's own forum users, John Sachanda, has taken it upon himself to put together a videographer Meet and Greet for Chicago area video enthusiasts.
Of course, it's always great to be able to meet local people who share a common interest, but in the video and film industry, meeting others and sharing ideas is essential for staying relevant. We occasionally host these types of events here in Chico, and have found them to be extremely valuable. Our imediate goal has been to network with individuals who are working with video every day, but we've noticed a pleasant side-effect: people exchanging creative ideas and techniques. It's all too common in our field to see someone else's work then strive toward replicating their success. That's not necessarily a bad thing. As the saying goes, "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." There's one more step every creative minded person should take, however, and that's to actually engage in conversation with the person who's technique you're hoping to emulate. Learning from the experiences of others can only help when improving your skills.
If you're in the Chicago area and would like to meet like-minded videograhers, swing by the videographer's meet and greet at the Hinsdale Public Library on Thursday, January 17th. If you think you'll be able to make it, let John know by posting in his forum thread.