A few of the benefits of a having a Video Production job
If you’re considering getting a video production job, but you’re not sure it’s right for you, check out this list of positives and perks of this career choice.
Gain a variety of practical skills
One of the best outcomes of taking on a video production job is that variety of different skills you develop in the field. Even if you plan on specialising in an aspect of filmmaking, it’s best to gain basic knowledge and understanding of all departments and parts of the video production process. You will learn how to use a camera, set up lighting, record and edit audio, edit video, as well as the administrative side of production, such as producing, scheduling, emailing or logging files.
Once you’ve gained this understanding, regardless of what you decide to focus on later in your career, you’ll be able to communicate more effectively with your crew and comprehend what they’re doing and what they need from you to keep things running smoothly.
Of course video production can require long hours and sometimes outside typical working times, but what I mean by saying the schedule is flexible, is that you can chose what type of schedule you commit to. For example, you can chose to work full time at a video production company, which is ideal for those who enjoy standard 9-5 jobs and reliable monthly pay.
If you want a steady income, but also want to focus on other things like writing your own scripts or studying for a course, you can find a part time video production job, as a production assistant for example. This way you get to gain professional experience, while maintaining time for your other responsibilities or interests.
Finally, you can chose to be a freelancer. This gives you complete control over your schedule, as you pick which jobs you take on and when you chose to be available for work. This is great for creatives trying to expand their portfolio as much as possible without committing to a long term contract.
Another great thing about a video production job is getting to meet so many people in and out of the industry. Networking is an essential part of the video industry, it’s the best way to ensure you find further work in the future. Due to the various forms of video you’ll be creating, you’ll not only meet other creatives and production crew, but people from businesses, independent artists, and generally interesting people. You never know when one of them will want to hire you again one day or will want to work alongside you on a production.
So make sure you’ve got your business card ready to hand out when you’re on a shoot, and set up a LinkedIn account to connect with people on. If you’re currently working in a video production job, or starting one soon, and are looking to improve your networking abilities, check out this article with helpful advice.
Get to be creative
Whether you’re working on a corporate video, a music video or a short film, you always get to use some level of creativity and imagination. Of course, your level of creative freedom will depend on the assignment and request of the person commissioning the video, but you’ll always get to use some artistic skill. Regardless of what the project is, you will get the chance to conceive an idea, create it and finish it. This is a satisfying feeling you can get with a video production job, that doesn’t come with every job, seeing your ideas come to life.
Build a diverse portfolio
You might be in a video production job as a stepping stone to other things, or it might be your end goal, either way a diverse portfolio of work is always extremely useful to have. Even if you have a strong preference for a certain type of video, like music videos, or a type of role, like editing, it’s always good to show that you are capable of many things and can adapt to any production’s needs.
Once you’ve worked on a few different video productions, you can set up your own website and link it to your work. This portfolio, combined with your improved CV and your networking, will surely help you find further work and forward your career in the industry.
If you want a more personal perspective on a video production job, check out what these recent graduates have to say about their new jobs.
For tips on how to enter the industry and work towards your first video production job, you can watch the below video: