As a recent graduate in the video production field, I quickly learned how challenging it could be to get a job in this field. Let’s face it experience is key, especially with the video industry. I am currently an intern at MCCI, working as a Production Assistant and I’ve already learned so much that will benefit me throughout my career.
If you’re new to the video industry, and you want to be an irreplaceable member to any video team, keep these 3 things in mind:
- Video is always changing
I never knew the pain of linear editing, but I know it existed. The days of viewers having patience and an attention span are long gone. Video production and video trends change in the blink of an eye. It is key to stay up-to-date and know what types of videos clients are looking for AND what videos are beneficial for clients depending on: the message they want to convey, their industry and countless other variables... This is crucial to be able to provide effective council to clients.
- Learn from the professionals
The methods may have changed, but established video professionals know what it takes to create a great video. (That’s why they’re the best.) Take every opportunity to learn from the people who have been in this field for years. They can give you great video production tips and you can learn by simply observing them.
- Keep an Open Mind - it’s more than just video
Think about all of the additional aspects that go into a video: music, graphics and animation, to name a few. You might be great working with a camera, or maybe you’re an amazing editor... Which is great, but if you don’t know how to do both, it will be a tough job search for you. As a video professional, it is vital to have multiple skills. If you know how to shoot, edit, create logos and short animations for video – well, you’re a gold star in the video production and editing world.
As a video professional, it’s important to continue challenging yourself and to always remember to brush up on your skills. Never stop learning new tips and tricks for video production and editing, no matter your age or experience level!