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Old July 11th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #1
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Marketing TV Stations and Others for Freelance

I'd wondering if TV stations sometimes hire freelancers to shoot commercials or events? If so, what's the correct way to market services to them?

Also, any suggestions on marketing to businesses to shoot commercial spots for them? I would think trying to build good relationships with the TV stations would be good too if the client needs the project not only produced but also requires the air time negotiations, also.

Any tips or advice would be a great help. I'm working on a commercial now for a client but would like to gain some insight on getting more business.

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Old July 11th, 2007, 02:47 PM   #2
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Many TV stations have their own in house production department that will shoot commercials for the client. They would tend to view you as a competitor to their services.

Ad agencies often represent a clients needs and they arrange for the commercial to be shot by a production company. The ad agency then delivers the finished product to TV stations for air.

This has been true even since my earlier days in radio. Sometimes we'd cut our own spots for the client, or we might receive a tape in the mail from an ad agency whose client wanted to advertise on our station.

As a production company, I would zero in on getting work from ad agencies.

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Old July 11th, 2007, 02:59 PM   #3
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Hi Greg,

Thank you for the information. Then I should begin aligning myself with some qualified crew for lighting, sound etc ....in order to put together some marketing materials to market to ad agencies plus a reel. Most of what I have shot has been for events but if I go through the material I have I should be able to put a demo together. I also have a 2nd commercial I can shoot that would work for a demo reel.

Just thinking as I go here. I appreciate the advice. It's been helpful.

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Old July 11th, 2007, 03:26 PM   #4
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Lisa,

Gregs advice is dead on. I've worked in Radio and Television in a major market (Houston) and that's exactly the way it works.

I'm not sure about YOUR local market, but you CAN get 'freelance' work with local cable stations. It's part of what I do now. I work for a station that 'freelances' services to the various municipalities on the Penninsula near San Francisco. The station I work with, does hire freelance videographers for crew for local shoots and projects, so it's a good way to build your reel.

Check into the local cable access channels. Perhaps there's a local community that has a 'scroll' on cable access. They might want to air their community events, or city hall meetings. Offer to provide these services and see what happens.

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Old July 11th, 2007, 03:53 PM   #5
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Hi Richard,

Thanks for the tip. I'll try to locate some of the local cable stations and see if they need me!

Best Regards,
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