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  • in reply to: Warning: scammer looking for wedding videographer #72001391
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    Hi, everyone! I just got my second scam attempt in about 3 months! The first was from “Carletta and David” and last Friday, I got pitched again, this time from “Ellen and Jordi.” I saved the “Carletta” pitch and–lo and behold–the wording on both is exactly the same! Even down to their response when I sent my wedding agreement that started like this: “We don’t know the problem with our computer as we are finding it difficult to download the attachment you sent us.” A FREAKIN’ PDF?!?!

    I wonder if “Carletta” and “Ellen” aren’t the same person. I forwarded both message strings to a friend I have in the FBI and he said he’d take a look. Probably a wasted effort, though, as these scams are usually run offshore. But these asshats have committed a dozen felony charges–including mail fraud, so if they ever do set foot in the US, hopefully someone with a badge will be waiting for them!

    I spent a dozen years in digital marketing before starting my video business full-time, so I know a scam when I see one. I just bait the hook and they grab it…until…I tell the scammers who I know, and that’s the last time I hear from them!

    ~TRW

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    in reply to: Thumbtack.com – Major SCAM #211801
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    Hi, Ed! Like you, I had my concerns about Thumbtack, but decided to wade in anyway. It took a while, but over a couple of months, I finally landed a job…then another…then another. One of them turned into a recurring series of projects in my home town. I have found that you have to be careful with any of these "lead-gen" sites, but if you're discrete, you can find some work. I don't rely totally on Thumbtack, but they've been decent in helping me fill some open spaces. I don't compete with the "bottom feeders" and there are plenty of them. Nothing is more aggravating than competing with a "20-something" whose daddy bought him a Red Scarlet and he'll do a job for $25 an hour. I set my price and prospects either choose me or they don't. And I'm OK with that. 

     

    I was really rough on Thumbtack early on, as I was wondering (again, like you, if they weren't just trying to bilk credit dollars out of pros. They are actually fairly decent in crediting back credits if 48 hours pass and a quote you sent wasn't "opened." 

     

    Thumbtack is a couple of years old now, and I think they're trying hard to improve. I have established a direct communication with their CEO and he is actually quite responsive. My takeaway regarding Thumbtack is that they're OK. Not great–not that any of them are (including the wedding lead-gen portals), but used wisely, they can fill in a hole or two in your calendar.

     

    My $0.02 for the day

    TW

    in reply to: YouTube’s “Free Access” Studios #206770
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    Ed, don't even get me started!! Here they are buying studio facilities, and their primary SEO product–Google+Local (formerly Google Places) is in shambles. I spent 12 years in online marketing before launching my video business full-time, and had to deal with what most would call GROSS INCOMPETENCE! Google+Local is essential to the success of every small to medium size business (SMB), and yet it's a train wreck! Worse than that, it is a "free" service, so they devote very little resource to it! Oh and did I say it's essential to the SEO success of every SMB? Now give me 5 minutes and I'll tell you how I really feel!

    in reply to: Reaching Brides who DON’T Want Video! #206697
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    Sorry, Ed, Jack & Earl, that I'm late to the party, since it looks like the last posts were from last July. I would be most interested in exploring this with you–if the lack of response (except the string the three of you have kept alive!) hasn't left you totally disillusioned. Like you all, WEVA does indeed to be a bit self-serving and as a 'for-profit' organization, I'm not sure there is much bang for the buck there. That said, if there's any desire to continue the dialogue, I'd be happy to participate. I started in still photography many moons ago and moved into video while serving a number of churches. For me, video was always a bit of a sideline because I usually had a 'real job' (online marketing & advertising), but after a layoff at the end of '12, decided to pursue the video business in earnest.

     

    I have no problem going after that XX% that is probably not considering video and can reasonably tailor the deliverables to whatever budget may be in play. I really like Jack's business model, mentioned earlier in the string. And certainly when the bigger budget jobs present themselves, we'll take them!

     

    I welcome further conversation!

     

    Terry Wall

    Costa Mesa, CA

    in reply to: Reaching Brides who DON’T Want Video! #301571
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    Sorry, Ed, Jack & Earl, that I'm late to the party, since it looks like the last posts were from last July. I would be most interested in exploring this with you–if the lack of response (except the string the three of you have kept alive!) hasn't left you totally disillusioned. Like you all, WEVA does indeed to be a bit self-serving and as a 'for-profit' organization, I'm not sure there is much bang for the buck there. That said, if there's any desire to continue the dialogue, I'd be happy to participate. I started in still photography many moons ago and moved into video while serving a number of churches. For me, video was always a bit of a sideline because I usually had a 'real job' (online marketing & advertising), but after a layoff at the end of '12, decided to pursue the video business in earnest.

     

    I have no problem going after that XX% that is probably not considering video and can reasonably tailor the deliverables to whatever budget may be in play. I really like Jack's business model, mentioned earlier in the string. And certainly when the bigger budget jobs present themselves, we'll take them!

     

    I welcome further conversation!

     

    Terry Wall

    Costa Mesa, CA

    in reply to: Reaching Brides who DON’T Want Video! #301773
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    Sorry, Ed, Jack & Earl, that I'm late to the party, since it looks like the last posts were from last July. I would be most interested in exploring this with you–if the lack of response (except the string the three of you have kept alive!) hasn't left you totally disillusioned. Like you all, WEVA does indeed to be a bit self-serving and as a 'for-profit' organization, I'm not sure there is much bang for the buck there. That said, if there's any desire to continue the dialogue, I'd be happy to participate. I started in still photography many moons ago and moved into video while serving a number of churches. For me, video was always a bit of a sideline because I usually had a 'real job' (online marketing & advertising), but after a layoff at the end of '12, decided to pursue the video business in earnest.

     

    I have no problem going after that XX% that is probably not considering video and can reasonably tailor the deliverables to whatever budget may be in play. I really like Jack's business model, mentioned earlier in the string. And certainly when the bigger budget jobs present themselves, we'll take them!

     

    I welcome further conversation!

     

    Terry Wall

    Costa Mesa, CA

    in reply to: Reaching Brides who DON’T Want Video! #301906
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    Sorry, Ed, Jack & Earl, that I'm late to the party, since it looks like the last posts were from last July. I would be most interested in exploring this with you–if the lack of response (except the string the three of you have kept alive!) hasn't left you totally disillusioned. Like you all, WEVA does indeed to be a bit self-serving and as a 'for-profit' organization, I'm not sure there is much bang for the buck there. That said, if there's any desire to continue the dialogue, I'd be happy to participate. I started in still photography many moons ago and moved into video while serving a number of churches. For me, video was always a bit of a sideline because I usually had a 'real job' (online marketing & advertising), but after a layoff at the end of '12, decided to pursue the video business in earnest.

     

    I have no problem going after that XX% that is probably not considering video and can reasonably tailor the deliverables to whatever budget may be in play. I really like Jack's business model, mentioned earlier in the string. And certainly when the bigger budget jobs present themselves, we'll take them!

     

    I welcome further conversation!

     

    Terry Wall

    Costa Mesa, CA

    in reply to: Reaching Brides who DON’T Want Video! #302165
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    Sorry, Ed, Jack & Earl, that I'm late to the party, since it looks like the last posts were from last July. I would be most interested in exploring this with you–if the lack of response (except the string the three of you have kept alive!) hasn't left you totally disillusioned. Like you all, WEVA does indeed to be a bit self-serving and as a 'for-profit' organization, I'm not sure there is much bang for the buck there. That said, if there's any desire to continue the dialogue, I'd be happy to participate. I started in still photography many moons ago and moved into video while serving a number of churches. For me, video was always a bit of a sideline because I usually had a 'real job' (online marketing & advertising), but after a layoff at the end of '12, decided to pursue the video business in earnest.

     

    I have no problem going after that XX% that is probably not considering video and can reasonably tailor the deliverables to whatever budget may be in play. I really like Jack's business model, mentioned earlier in the string. And certainly when the bigger budget jobs present themselves, we'll take them!

     

    I welcome further conversation!

     

    Terry Wall

    Costa Mesa, CA

    in reply to: Reaching Brides who DON’T Want Video! #302666
    AvatarTerryWall
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    Sorry, Ed, Jack & Earl, that I'm late to the party, since it looks like the last posts were from last July. I would be most interested in exploring this with you–if the lack of response (except the string the three of you have kept alive!) hasn't left you totally disillusioned. Like you all, WEVA does indeed to be a bit self-serving and as a 'for-profit' organization, I'm not sure there is much bang for the buck there. That said, if there's any desire to continue the dialogue, I'd be happy to participate. I started in still photography many moons ago and moved into video while serving a number of churches. For me, video was always a bit of a sideline because I usually had a 'real job' (online marketing & advertising), but after a layoff at the end of '12, decided to pursue the video business in earnest.

     

    I have no problem going after that XX% that is probably not considering video and can reasonably tailor the deliverables to whatever budget may be in play. I really like Jack's business model, mentioned earlier in the string. And certainly when the bigger budget jobs present themselves, we'll take them!

     

    I welcome further conversation!

     

    Terry Wall

    Costa Mesa, CA

    in reply to: Reaching Brides who DON’T Want Video! #302845
    AvatarTerryWall
    Participant

    Sorry, Ed, Jack & Earl, that I'm late to the party, since it looks like the last posts were from last July. I would be most interested in exploring this with you–if the lack of response (except the string the three of you have kept alive!) hasn't left you totally disillusioned. Like you all, WEVA does indeed to be a bit self-serving and as a 'for-profit' organization, I'm not sure there is much bang for the buck there. That said, if there's any desire to continue the dialogue, I'd be happy to participate. I started in still photography many moons ago and moved into video while serving a number of churches. For me, video was always a bit of a sideline because I usually had a 'real job' (online marketing & advertising), but after a layoff at the end of '12, decided to pursue the video business in earnest.

     

    I have no problem going after that XX% that is probably not considering video and can reasonably tailor the deliverables to whatever budget may be in play. I really like Jack's business model, mentioned earlier in the string. And certainly when the bigger budget jobs present themselves, we'll take them!

     

    I welcome further conversation!

     

    Terry Wall

    Costa Mesa, CA

    in reply to: Canon Camera for Major Movie Production #206209
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    I'm aware that a large portion of "Act of Valor" was shot with Canon 5D Mk2's

    in reply to: My first shot at a corporate video – pricing, etc. #205603
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    That is good news, Nick. Good luck with the shoot!

     

    ~Terry

    in reply to: My first shot at a corporate video – pricing, etc. #205557
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    Participant

    butchnap, I had a similar situation with a company I worked with a few years ago. They knew I did videography "on the side" and asked me to bid on a "culture video." I offered to do it for $70 per hour for shooting and editing. The CEO was fine with it, but the CFO vetoed it because "I already had a job at the company and he wasn't going to sign on to paying me twice!" I explained that I was going to do the shoot after normal working hours and edit during evenings and weekends–to no avail. So I passed on the project and they hired someone else who–by everyone's assessment, did a terrible job! And charged a LOT more than I would have. So if you can get the job for around $50 an hour, go for it! And hopefully, you won't get a lot of blowback from anyone at your firm.

     

    Cheers,

    Terry

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