Expert Video Production – how to find work in the industry June 23, 2015
It’s often said that working in the video production industry can be hard work and very fast-paced, but it’s also rewarding and enjoyable. Projects are varied and can take you anywhere from down the road to halfway across the world. That’s why so many people want to work in this industry, and why an expert video production agency like us will get a lot of CVs landing in their inbox.
We’ve come up with a few tips to help anyone looking to join the world of video content production.
Expert Video Production – Broaden your skills
With so many people applying for so few positions, you have to make yourself valuable. It’s not enough to just be a good editor, or a good lighting director, you need more skills so that your CV will be taken seriously by an expert video production agency. If you’re a camera operator who can’t light, or an editor who struggles with motion graphics, you’ll find it more difficult to find work. Industry professionals offer a wider skill set as standard, so this is what you must strive for to be competitive. Always look to improve your skills and learn new ones.
Pack your CV and showreel with muscle
First of all, it’s important that you have a showreel if you’re applying for a skills-based job with an expert video production agency. Secondly, you need to make sure that it grabs the viewer’s attention in the first few seconds. Employers in this industry are very busy and five seconds may be as much attention as your showreel gets. Likewise, a CV may only get scanned once or twice by a video production agency before they move on, so make sure the information you have in there is relevant, organised logically and clearly, and with basic information about you at the top. The CV should ideally be a page or less so if you’re unsure about including something, leave it out.
Unless an employer specifically asks you not to include a cover letter, you should always include one as this is where you can plead your case while leaving your CV uncluttered.
Create a presence for yourself
Getting yourself out there is critical, and for that you need determination. An expert video production agency can’t employ you if they don’t know you exist so don’t be afraid to call and/or email – just don’t do it so often that you’re bothering them.
Create online profiles for yourself on social media like Twitter and Facebook, as potential employers may receive your information and Google you. Use these resources to network and make friends with people in higher places within content production. This industry is all about who you know and senior figures usually aren’t shy about giving you helping hand, even if it’s just content production work experience.
Know your audience
Your CV shouldn’t be a standard template that you can send out to anyone at a moment’s notice. This is where a lot of people go wrong. Employers will be able to tell that you haven’t bothered to research the company or adapt your cover letter for the specific role and your CV it could hit the bottom of the bin before they’ve even finished reading it.
Also, it’s incredibly important that spelling and grammar are correct throughout. Even if you’re not especially good at this, spell check is available on word processing programs and even on web pages, so there is no excuse for getting this wrong.
If you’re passionate about expert video production, have a great concise CV, a great showreel and lots of determination, you will go far.0