Get Out And Shoot!

This morning was mostly spent researching various freelance jobs on the internet. I’m at the stage now where I have a full production kit list of DSLR equipment, and a strong passion to make great pictures. I know jobs don’t just appear and aren’t going to come to me. I also know that to learn anything and be successful I need to get out and shoot and gain experience and trust. So that’s the plan.

Recently I’ve overloaded myself with knowledge on shooting and lighting interviews. I’ve seen dozens of tutorial videos of other people using DSLR cameras in their own fields of work for assignments and music videos. I’ve seen do’s-and-don’ts and behind-the-scenes clips, how-to’s and making-of documentaries. They’re all good for taking away great ideas, but nothing really compares to actually going out with a camera and creating something.

As a freelancer I have a few companies who I regularly get work with. Although, I have only been freelance for a year and I know that not all of that work is going to be continual and never-ending. I’ve recently found out that one of my employers are closing down the majority of their London office. Statistically, this takes away just under a third of the work I was getting. Yes, it’s bad news for me. It’s worse news for the 100 staff who will soon be job hunting themselves.

Armed with this information I’ve taken the leap I have always intended to take and started contacting freelance studios and production companies, in the hope someone is looking for someone with DSLR kit who is more than willing to learn for free. I know full well that getting ahead in this industry is a mix of experience and contacts. With little experience the best option for me is to do any offered work for free, or for less than what others charge, to get onboard and grab the experience required to get ahead.

Some of the work is done. I picture the “ball-that-needs-to-roll” as an actual toy ball, perched atop a confusing and well constructed puzzle game. It’s just a case of waiting for someone to give it a nudge and let it take a course.

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My name is Alex, and I work in the Film and TV industry. I work freelance for various employers on several shows including Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Sky News, Sky Sports, London Live, Bloomberg and QVC. All views are my own.

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