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Old December 9th, 2018, 03:43 PM   #16
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Re: Considering leaving this industry

Hey Shaun,

Good to hear from you. You should come around more often. This board can still use an honest opinion like yours. I hope all is well in your world!

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Old March 22nd, 2019, 07:49 PM   #17
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What's the thing in the Kurt Vonnegut books where your name is underlined or has a star by it and that means you are going to be gone next...
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Old May 15th, 2019, 05:36 PM   #18
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Jack,

While I damn-near feel the frustration from your post, and that you've had some amazing replies of "what you might do..." I think the core issues of what's happening (or not) hasn't been addressed yet.

First off, what's your passion? There's a huge difference between a camera-op and someone who's actually creating content, not tied to a client. Meaning, would you rather just shoot event-type stuff and nothing truly creative or, have you been yearning to branch out and sell something that *you've* created, like a short film, documentary etc.?

Second, if your "me" page is all the marketing you've got then you're not doing your job of marketing yourself and putting yourself out there. You need a real webpage with your own domain that's showcasing your work and capabilities. A little tip: Don't talk about doing something "until it was cancelled". Jobs always have an end, but the way you worded it makes it sound like you're hoping for sympathy, not just putting out a resume of work.

Third - and this will most likely be the hardest pill to swallow but... Your reel lacks any tangible, definitive skill you have as a camera operator. There's no compelling content that isn't just putting a camera on sticks and hitting the record button. No creativity.

Granted, shooting events or ENG work isn't exactly the way to get creative footage, however as suggested weddings could be the first path into a world where YOU are in control of the look and feel of the footage and can really show off whatever creative skillset you have hiding inside you.

You need to think of yourself as a creator of content, not just a hired monkey behind a viewfinder. Get out there and shoot... whatever! Find the material that you're passionate about and put together a reel with that - and mix in the ENG stuff if you still want to go after that kind of work.

Get busy on your marketing; new website, fresh content - and network in your area. Cold call if needed (hard to do but can resolve some great new business.)

If you give up and do nothing, then you'll be stuck where you're at - forever. Stand up, brush yourself off, create this new version of yourself and your abilities and see what happens.

Just don't ever give up.
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