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- January 28, 2010 at 9:42 PM #48502doublehammParticipant
I have recently started my own wedding/event videography business as I have been laid off for over a year. I AM getting some people signing contracts but, I do get asked now and then, “Do you have any official training in this type of work?”
Now being unemployed the way I am qualifies me for a “dislocated worker” program and benefits. One of them being able to get assistance with some schooling and training. Unfortunately one of the requirements for this is the field of work I want to go into has to pay “signicantly more” than the job I was laid off from. Being that I was working a minimum + tips job bringing in $60,000 a year before being laid off, I have a feeling this will be tough to prove. I am not qualified for much outside what I was doing so seeing those figures again seems like a dream – which is why I wanted to get some training to help my business.
What kind of programs could I look into that would both benefit my personal business as well as help qualifiy for some jobs that would potentially pay more than $60k a year so I can prove that schooling woud be very beneficial to me?
Specific names of programs and jobs would be really helpful here.
Thanks in advance!
Your demo is what wil get you gigs, not a degree or certification. Today, it’s much easier to spend the money on gear than invest so much time in a college or something of the like. Theyt’ll only teach you how THEy do it. You need to develop your own style and that will only come with experience.
Yea I agree. You don’t really need school in this industry. Get a damn good reel together to show people. Make it so good that people aren’t even asking “do you have an official training blah blah blah….” Let your work speak for itself.
Starting a business without experience in it is just an expense, really.
You’ll be best off obtaining another job you can make that 60k with and then work on the side in the video business until you move up enough in the ranks to make that salary. When comfy, go freelance for enough years to know the business well enough to then start a business. Buying some gear and wingin’ it is just unemployment with an overhead.
There is some validity to ‘just going for it’ in this biz. Without some training you’ll get experience but your mistakes, miscues and missteps are going to cost you a lot of time and money. In some respects, filmschool is overrated but for many it’s worth every penny. For someone in your situation I’d strongly recommend community college or university non-credit courses, training seminars, training DVD’s, books and sites like this one with short ‘how to’s’.
If you don’t live in a large city with a large film & TV market, then your opportunities to learn higher-end techniques will either be limited or non-existent. You’ll need to go to school or take training courses to get your hands into stuff like that. The good news is during those courses, you’ll meet people who are doing the things you are and you can network. That’s the biggest advantage of going to school. I know people with advanced degrees in film that I wouldn’t let shoot my dog.
Having certifications and degrees are just the paperwork that say you can do something. Yeah, you could design buildings without being an architect, good luck getting people to take you seriously. No you don’t need a degree to be a videographer, editor and so on. Having those pieces of paper just make people interested in hiring you take an initial look. What will sell you is your reel. Getting training just cuts down on the time it takes to go from the ‘pullin’ stuff out of your butt’ stage to the ‘knowin’ what the hell you are doin” stage.
I agree with Grinner on the “Unemployment with Overhead” thing. Without a real plan and some training to go with it, you’re going to do a lot of expensive ‘flailing’. What I don’t agree with is that ‘Spend the money on gear not school’ foolishness. Just because you get gear doesn’t mean you know how or what to do with it. Hell, we all had to learn how to eat even though mouths came as standard gear!
Alright I appreciate the responses BUT, the fact is my schooling would be largely covered with little expense to me and being laid off would make things a lot less boring around here. I don’t mind doing any of it because I DO have the free time.
Even if it goes beyond videography, what is out there?
I do have a fair amount of gear to start right now and will be getting some more with a hefty tax return.