Hi Brian,

AvatarDaniel Bruns

Hi Brian,


I just watched your portfolio of work and I must say that I'm impressed! I am all too familiar with the sheer amount of hours that go into making excellent 3D models, textures, shaders, rigging, and animation. It's a tough, but rewarding job! I'm also quite impressed by your obvious skill in After Effects. Many of your titles were sleek, professional, and creative to say the least. Keep up the good work man!


When it comes to getting video work, I've found that your best asset is the convenience of your location. In my opinion, most companies that want video work done are going to look local first, or pick a local company before reaching out to people who live outside of the community you're in – especially if you do a lot of filming. That being said, I'd think a good way to get jobs within your community is to get involved in the kind of groups where people who can make good productions and companies that want good productions get together. When I worked in South Dakota as a filmer and animator, the group I worked with were members of the American Advertising Federation. The AAF has a local, regional, and nation-wide competition for the best advertisements (including video ads). They also put together dinners where they have speakers from big corporations and from big advertising agencies pass on the wisdom that they have accumulated in their time in the advertising world. If you're interested, there's actually a club right in the Seattle area: http://www.aafseattle.com/.


You could also become a member of the Small Business Administration or the Chamber of Commerce in Seattle to get more connected with the movers and shakers in the business industry in your area. If nothing else, being a member of these groups can give you some instant credibility with certain customers and businesses!


Another route to try would be checking out online job boards for freelancers. There are many great sites out there such as Behance: http://www.behance.net/joblist, Elance: https://www.elance.com/, and especially for you, Motionographer: http://motionographer.com/jobs/, and Studio Daily: http://jobs.studiodaily.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=1947. With these kinds of websites, it's best to start out small (bid low), and work your way up once you gain a reputation on the site. However, having seen the strength of your current portfolio, I feel confident that you could ask for a fairly good rate right off of the bat. Once you've gotten a few bites due to your rate and quality of work, I would start charging clients more in the future until you're comfortable with the amount of bites you're getting for the price.


Either way, just getting some kind of job is always better than nothing. You'd be surprised where a good video for even a small client can lead! Even in today's world, word of mouth certainly goes a long way!


All the best,



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