Ed, your points are well t


Ed, your points are well taken. What I’ve always found interesting is this: many individuals seek training and work hard to better themselves. But, and it’s a big BUT, when these individuals decide to go into business for themselves, for many this changes. Perhaps it’s because of the competitive nature of the video business, especially among wedding videographers; perhaps its for other unknown reasons.

I’ve often seen people who, only a couple of months earlier as professed “newbies,” picked my brain for everything in it that could help them, suddenly become closed off, unwilling to share anything for fear that their newly created business would suffer. It’s a strange phenomena.

I share your optimism with regard to people wanting to learn. I’ve taught seminars for Videomaker Magazine here in Seattle and found newcomers to video to be a lively crowd, eager to learn all they can. They’ve got a new tool and they want to learn how to use it. But, and here’s the big BUT again, I’ve also run into some of the same folks months later who guarded what they were now doing with video like they’d guard the crown jewels. Business does strange things to folks.

I think the problem is this, and it relates directly to why I doubt that the co-op idea will fly: take a limited market of folks willing to pay $1000 or more for a wedding video and surround them with videographers in business to get a piece of that market, and suddenly all the videographers clam up, unwilling to reveal their “secrets” for business success. The competition is fierce and, unfortunately, is not conducive to cooperation, sharing and, in some markets, even to friendly interaction.



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