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Yeah, I remember the glory days. No demo video, no advertising, no clients, no end to my initial startup costs. But enough about last week 😀 😉
Seriously though, starting is hard. You have to invest a lot of time and money, and usually at the startup, you also have the downside of initial lack of quality working against you.
On the bright side though is the fact that after a while, you start getting clients, your loans start going down (until you really want the next awesome camera or toy that comes out), and your quality improves. Actually, you’ll probably notice a dramatic improvement even in your first two or three projects. My wife had held a camera maybe half a dozen times before she jumped into this business. But even on her second wedding, she improved a thousand fold over the first. Today, she operates a handheld camera, and I swear she’s every bit as stable holding that thing as my $750 tripod is – she’s also a lot cuter than my tripod, but that’s another story…
Anyway, my advice would be to let the pastor know that unless he’s looking for a lot of copies of the DVD, you’ll do it for free. It’s a wonderful gesture, plus that money can go into other aspects of ministry for now. It also gets you into the consideration should they ever go looking for a talented videographer for their church staff, but don’t hold your breath on that one. It’s a rare church that sees the benefit in hiring a media technician to the staff.