5 Things Every Aspiring Video Producer Should Know

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The job of a video producer is vast and ever-changing in today’s online and social world

With YouTube, reality TV, and new self-made movie websites popping up all the time, there are more opportunities for amateur filmmakers than ever before.

Even iconic storyteller Stephen King sells his short stories rights to film students through a program called Dollar Babies.

If your lifelong dream is to be a video producer, you should know that there are many online resources available today with new ones popping up all the time.

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Generally, video producers can obtain four-year degrees and earn between $33,123-$84,830 per year. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started down this path:

1. Get a College Degree

More and more creative minds are wondering if a traditional college education is for them. Students can take courses online, read books, and create their own visions using apps on their smartphones.

Still, you will get a lot more benefit from a college degree.

For starters, a college degree will give you credibility. You have a chance to learn from those already working in the field, giving you an inside glance to what being a video producer is really like.

If you’re skeptical about a four-year degree, you can get your feet wet by earning a two-year degree from a community college. You don’t have to be tied down to a college campus if that’s not what you want. Many schools offer online courses as well, so you can study at your own pace.

Taking a college course will give you many chances to make your own videos under the supervision of professionals. You can take your finished product and use it in your portfolio.

In addition to a degree in film production, you can also consider a degree in business administration or performing arts. A good producer needs many different skills to be successful. Also, the background knowledge you’ll get from your general education requirements in college will help you in your projects.

If you really enjoy school and film production, you can go on to earn graduate degrees.

2. Develop the Right Skills

While determination will get you far, you need some other skills to be successful in video production. To break into this industry, you will need strong:

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  • Communication skills
  • Organization skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Administrative skills
  • and Flexibility

A video producer must be a jack of all trades.

Many people will be looking to you to make big decisions, do crisis control, and conduct business. You will need to bring out the best in everyone working under you. One of the most important skills is flexibility.

For example, show producers of the True Detective series were urged to avoid filming in the city of Los Angeles and find more obscure locations to get the psycho-sphere ambiance tone of the show.

Video producers often have to change plans at the last minute, work with different people, and negotiate new plans. The process of producing goes far beyond the actual filming of your program.

Production begins with pre-production and goes beyond post-production.

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3. You Need a Lot of Stamina and Patience

In order to carry out the required skills, you will need stamina and patience. Filming schedules go far beyond the traditional 9-5 workday. Video producers work in offices, but they also spend a lot of time on production sets. You will often have to work weekends and holidays and long hours. You will probably have to be on-call during filming.

Your communication skills will come in handy when you need to meet with crew members, actors, and investors. You will meet a lot of different personalities and you have to please all of them.

As a producer, you need to have a good eye for new talent and projects. You have to know what the public wants and deliver it properly.

4. Never Stop Learning

There has never been a better time to learn something than the present moment. In addition to a traditional college degree, which is the best way to go, you can also further your knowledge by taking online courses about film production.

Websites such as Masterclass give you the opportunity to learn inside tips from industry pros.

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As the creative visionary, video producers are the person most relied upon for answers on set

You can also review course materials and lectures on YouTube, Udemy, Coursera, and other free course resources. You won’t get college credit, but it will help you know what to expect from your chosen career.

If you’re in high school, see if your school has a film club. If not, get involved with theater. If your school offers art or photography classes, build a rapport with the instructor. Let them know that you’re interested in production. Sometimes, they need someone to film extracurricular activities such as athletic games and performances.

It’s a good way to gain experience and build your creative vision.

5. You’ll Need a Creative Mind in Order to Tell Your Story

Film production starts with pre-production. Whether you’re putting on a movie, music video, documentary, or commercial, you need a clear vision. Know the main objective of your story. You need to identify your target audience, style, and message.

You’ll need the right equipment and photography skills. Audiences today want a clear picture and a steady camera. You need the right audio and lighting to enhance your story. This is where the right training comes in.

If you’re creative, you’ll be able to put together the right elements that will give you a unique finished product. You can have the same story told with a different vision. Know your equipment, message, and production elements that will give you a great video, no matter what producing.

Video production is hard work, but if you have the mind, you’ll be successful. Creativity is important, but you also need skills in negotiation, communication, organization, and, probably most of all, flexibility. Don’t be scared off by hard work, use the energy to make your work stand out.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


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