Collin Skelton was on to something. When people ask me why I started a video production company, it’s not because I’m a bad mom, I’m just trying to make a better life for myself. I’m a mom, wife, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, friend, and business partner.
I don’t get that as much as I should, but I do get that if you want to make a living out of making videos, you need to get out of the lab. That’s probably the most common question I get asked. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a video producer, or if it’s just because people don’t know what they are doing with their lives, or if it’s just the way I think.
Video production is a relatively new profession, so it isn’t surprising that video production is a relatively new practice. But video production has recently become a way for artists to make a living from their hobbies, as well as an avenue for people who are in a creative/creative-thinking phase to work on their careers outside of their chosen fields.
Sure, video production is new, but it is also not a new profession. Throughout the history of art and film, many artists have spent a lifetime in pursuit of their craft. Some of them have become famous and others have not. That’s why it’s important to understand and be prepared for the opportunities that video production will present.
First and foremost, video productions can be a career. The career path is not always clear-cut because not every video production student is made to follow the same path. Some start as interns in a video production school and then move on to full-time work. Others decide to pursue their video production career before they have a degree in their field. In college, some video production students simply don’t have the time or the financial resources to complete their degree and pursue video production full-time.
Video production is the art of filmmaking. It’s a lot like coding… a lot like video production. I mean, if you’re coding, you can’t use your camera to shoot video, but you can keep your eyes and your head on the camera and shoot video. Because every video production student is just like a computer programmer.
Video production is a skill. But video production is a profession. And not everyone can afford to pursue a degree in video production full-time. So, because most of us have a degree in something else, we can usually do video production in a way that helps us make a living.
The problem with video is that it is all about the editing. And we all know that editing is a skill, but video editing is just a skill, and therefore a skill many people can master. But more importantly, most video editing students have a degree. And to that point, most video production students also have a degree.
So, if you have a degree, then you have a skill that you can use to create video. And that can be quite useful. And because video production is so easy to learn, it’s easy to get hired. But it’s also easy to forget what your skill is. And a major reason why so many people end up without a proper video editing background is because they don’t have one.
I had a friend who was really good at video editing, but had no real idea what his skills were. He had a degree in film, but for whatever reason couldn’t name any of the people he edited with. He just knew that everyone was a good-looking guy with a degree in something. The problem was, he had no idea what his skills were. He was just good at making movies, and that seemed to be all he did.