Day 89: When Giving Up Is OK

There are moments when I look at what I’m doing, and I ask myself at what point is it ok to give up and move on. Giving up, in the sense that you are pursuing a goal, and you fail to achieve it. By no means would I stop making videos, music, programming or the like. But by many means would I stop pursuing a business endeavour, a way to make money, or a pursuit within some sort of project.

Currently, things are going well with me. And I am very thankful that this is the case. However, from the lessons of learned will investing in the stock market, there are moments when selling a loss is more profitable then holding it for the long run. Mainly, because your time and money could be spent doing much more profitable and impactful things then just sitting back and waiting for the tide to change.

What Does This Have To Do With Me

Well, making wedding videos for the couples I know has been great. I’ve been able to take part in their day, and provide a very personal keepsake for them. A wedding film. But at what point do I say I’m going to pursue videography over audio engineering, or photoshop over programming? It comes down to two factors really. Are you spending your time doing the best thing you’re good at… and… are you do the thing that is most likely to make you a living that you can survive on. Two very important things that at times can be very isolated from one another.

Audio Engineering, by far, is the direction I would love to have my life move towards, but I personally have been conflicted with idea of doing what I love versus what makes me money. Thankfully, what’s been making me money is the second best thing I enjoy doing, video. Because it still incorporates story, emotion, art, media… and audio. So personally, the point at which I would give up on my videography endeavours would be the point when a greater opportunity for income comes, that would allow me to be an audio engineering.

Why Am I Talking About This

I’m talking about this because everyone needs an escape plan. And everyone needs to put it on paper. You do it with your investments, and you should do it with your career, your biggest investment; time. If everyone succeeded at the first thing they did, then I wouldn’t be talking about failure, giving up, and being ok when things don’t pan out the way you thought they would. You wouldn’t need to go to school. And you for sure wouldn’t need to read this blog.

No one goes around telling you that it’ll always be your first girlfriend that you marry, the first house that you look at that you’ll move into, or the first degree you get will be the job that you’ll stick with (which is scary, and it should be), because the moment you choose not to give up, is the moment you choose to believe that this is as good as it gets. And do you see what you did there? You capped your potential. And that’s why giving up is OK.

Day 87: How To Be Different

Over the past month I’ve been struggling with the idea of how to be different. Any freelance job is usually successfully backed by word of mouth leads. That being said, differentiating yourself from the competitor i.e. everyone else who owns a video camera, and creating original content is usually how these leads are formed. People only talk when they’ve been wowed. But how do you keep over delivering standardized product, while still adding a sense of uniqueness that will wow them in the end?

I’ve seen it over and over. Videographers (or audio engineers etc.) pass around their work with one another looking for critique. They come to a conclusion that this one piece of work wasn’t their best, they release it, and it actually resonates with a bunch of people very deeply. More then they ever thought it would. But we tend to do that because we look at things from a different perspective. A professional perspective. And so it is… the best thing to ask yourself at a shoot is…

How Would I Be Wowed?

If we can send out what we think is mediocre work, but still have people find joy, meaning, and beauty in it, then we can for the most part agree that if you can wow yourself, your audience will most likely be REALLY wowed. Just think about the first time Steve Job’s got on stage to introduce the iPhone. He said that he wanted Apple to make a product that he himself would love using. You could see it in him. He was excited. And so it was with the greater population as well.

We approached our past wedding shoot with this very same ideology. So we mustered up a few things that we ourselves as a production thought would be cool, and that we would enjoy seeing in a wedding film. For instance, we decided to mount a GoPro right above the couple in the ceremony for a candid shot of the couple kissing. It turned out swimmingly, and was only shown in the final edit just enough to make sure we’re not being cliche.

Consider these things the spices to your wedding soup film. They’re not the main ingredients to having “a soup”, but they sure make things taste better. These small things are what allow your videos to be a bit more rememberable. You don’t want your whole wedding video to be a shot from a GoPro because… well… why hire some videographers? But if you got one or two solid key shots from that type of perspective, it could be the thing that people will remember 10, or 20 years down the road.

Being a videographer, you’re not just someone that captures video. You capture events. You capture stories. You in essence are a historian. You help write history, and one day I hope the stories I’ve captured won’t fall in the same category as your high schools “boring history textbooks”. This leads me to my final point…

Will This Be Cool In 10 Years?

Hip. Cool. Unique. Whatever you want to call it. Will people still take the time to watch YOUR video 10 years down the road? I mean, let’s think about this for a bit. 10 years… we’re probably going to be past 4k resolution by then… and your videos will be a measly 1080p. How do you expect that kind of video to hold up for future audiences? It’s the same reason people still listen to the Beatles on vinyl. Or sit through a viewing of Citizen Kane. Because it’s timeless.

But what makes something timeless? I’d argue it has to do with the correlation between certain unchanging realities that every human experiences in their life. Whether in the 1960s or the 2060s, people will still love, people will still die, and people will still want to find meaning in life. So what does this mean for you? It means, don’t get hooked on all the latest and greatest gadgets and techniques and effects, thinking that’s what will keep your content going strong for years to come.

While editing wedding videos over the past two weeks, I’ve taken some dramatic approaches as to what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Or what gets prioritized over another shot, for another moment in the song, for a certain amount of time. Production choices are what makes you different from the rest, and it’s what will make your film stand the test of time. You could have a perfectly crystal clear shot of the bride and groom doing absolutely nothing, or a soft focused shot of them laughing and enjoying their day, and you’ll still see people pick the shot of them DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING over the shot of them displaying emotion, story, and in the end, a characteristic of a timeless film. Why do you think people take out their old VHS tapes with family videos on them? It certainly isn’t because you used some sort of timeless filming technique on your super hi-fi camera. No, it’s because of the memories.

So there it is. If you can tell a good story, create long lasting memories, all while documenting history in a unique and remotely engaging fashion then you’re different, because no good story is the same.

Day 85: When Failure Happens

It’s ironic. My last post was about being ok with failure, but this last wedding shoot I encountered just that. Failure.

The Gear

The day before filming this past wedding on Friday, I decided to rent a few things from my local music store. Mainly some audio equipment. I borrowed my friend’s H4N portable audio recorder, and rented a wireless Sennheiser G3 wireless lavaliere microphone. Little did I know what I was to expect.

On the day of the wedding I was setting up a few tripods with my second shooters for the ceremony. I finally whipped out the lav, and mic’d the pastor who was marrying the couple. As he went off to mingle for a bit before the ceremony I checked the audio on my H4N. It was all good. Nothing to worry about.

The Problem

The ceremony starts, and my minds in the game. We were shooting for the next 40 minutes, and that’s all there was to think about. The ceremony went well, until I got back to my H4N and reviewed the audio. As soon as the pastor started walking towards the alter to begin the ceremony, the mic cut out. The wire was broken. This was something I didn’t see coming. I tested the signal, but I never tested how resilient the wire was. It turns out, I’m never renting a lavalliere mic again. Now I know what my next investment will be…

Thankfully, the music store fully refunded me. However, they were not able to refund my lost audio… that I could never get back. Fortunately, my A Camera was using a Rhodes Shotgun mic, which actually allowed me to recover the entire ceremony… with a little bit of background wind noise every now and then, but for what it’s worth, I was prepared for failure, and that preparation didn’t go to waste.

The Professional

I was thinking about it when I got home. What if the lavalliere didn’t break? I’d probably have skimmed over the audio from the shotgun mic… not even using it in post-production, because I technically would have had better audio from the lav, thus nurturing an unhealthy confidence for the future.The next time I could have found myself with a failed lavalliere audio, and no shotgun mic because I was overconfident, thinking I wouldn’t need the shotgun mic’s audio.

What I’m trying to say is you can never be too prepared. Don’t underestimate those times when your preparations meant nothing, and you over prepared, not really needing too. Consider it the building of good habits. The whole point of preparing for failure is believing that sometimes things might not work out they way you planned. And lately, I think that’s what it means to be a professional.

Day 82: Be Willing To Fail

Small City had it’s first production meeting yesterday, today I’m off filming another wedding, and all week I’ve been working on the non-stop editing train, all while trying to stay “social”. Life sure packs a punch when you’re trying to make lemonade.

Before the production meeting yesterday, I had a friend call me. She pitched me the idea of starting a wedding planning company; cake, food, planning, production etc. She was meeting with a friend, and realized that if we really wanted to, we could start a full force wedding company. Why? Because we knew of people who could fill each role.

I thought it over, and I told her we should meet up and have a fo-meeting. Then we hung up the phone. The conversation lasted for probably about two minutes. Tops. But afterwards I thought about it… and that’s all you really need. You need excited people with an idea, the people who can make it happen, and the intent to follow up.

Don’t Shut Off

If you have those three things, it doesn’t matter how short or long a conversation, meeting, or planning session takes. You’ve accomplished more then the average joe just by the fact that you’ll sit down and listen. How many of us are so quick to shut off when we hear about something that will take work? Or effort? Or maybe it’s just never been done before. And because it’s never been done before, you really doubt that you, of all people, could possibly be the first one to do it. These are the things that go through the minds of many people every waking second. These are the doubts that keep people from adventuring off, taking risk, and seeking growth in their lives.

Be Willing To Stretch

One of the reasons I’ve gotten this far is because of my willingness to listen, learn, and take on jobs that at first looked impossible to do with my skill set and gear. Turns out I was wrong. I could do much more then I thought I could, and in the areas I couldn’t, I made a way, and it stretched me to do it better the next time. Why wouldn’t you want that? Well, stretching hurts. It hurts to miss the bride and groom’s kiss because your camera’s battery wasn’t aptly charged like it should have been. It would have probably felt a lot better to have not shot that wedding at all then to have felt the wrench in my stomach at that moment. But it was only because of that moment, that I know I will do it 10x better the next time. 10x better then to have never done it at all.

Failing Will Happen

Stretching hurts. And that’s why we don’t like it. Whether it’s learning from a mistake, or preparing for something you never planned. Anxiety, and the fear of failing is what haunts our social media charged people. We only post the good things in our life. We only post the best pictures. And we never talk about the bad things, the failures, the mishaps. If you want to be willing to be stretched, then maybe it’s time to find peace in all of the past, present, and future failures that you will most likely experience. I’ve found that it’s made me into someone who is more willing to listen to the crazy ideas, consider what was once an impossible reality, and through that, help me change my own reality.

Day 80: Small City Film

The point of this project was to become self-employed within 90 days, and by the looks of it, Christmas might be coming sooner than I expected. Yesterday marked the first day of Small City Film, my newly launched film production company.

Time Not Wasted

After a week and a half escapade of filming and editing, I finally finished my first wedding highlight reel for my friends Kevin & Justine Chiang. The process took an immense amount of effort, but the reverberation from social media, and the amount of leads I’ve received for filming more weddings shows that my time was not wasted.

Depending on how it all turns out, I could be up and running for the next two months with an increased amount of capital for expanding my team, gear, and overall online presence.

Booking More Time

While I was up in Kelowna, I met with the media coordinator at a camp that has deep roots within my family. My grandfather was apart of a group of German immigrants who actually founded the camp. All around, there’s a great story to be told, which is what led me to meet with media coordinator. I’m planning to film a short documentary on the camp, the people, and the overall story. That, and the month of August could potentially be loaded with more wedding shoots.

Time To Keep Learning

Today, I met with a friend to discuss the possibility of creating a full photography/videography wedding production partnership. We’ll see how this turns out in the coming month.

I’ve also been making the switch from Final Cut Pro X to Adobe Premiere, and to the overall creative cloud. Last night was mostly me raging at my computer, getting re-acquainted with new hotkeys, and experiencing an overall new workflow that at the time slowed me down a lot. It’s frustrating to know what you want, and not being able to get there as quickly as you once could. This lead me to start a whole new Lynda.com tutorial series on Adobe Premiere CC. I’m excited, I’ve already learned a lot, and I’m now starting to see why Adobe Premiere is a standard for video production.

The following video is Kevin & Justine Chiang’s Highlight Reel. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to email me at sean@fromnextflixtolynda.com if you want to give me a shout.

 

Day 78: Take The Time

In my previous post I mentioned that while in Kelowna I was shooting some engagement photos. There was also a moment when I was about to venture off into the city limits and take some interesting landscape shots of the couple, but due to the rattle snake warnings, that never happened.

However, while on our way home, we found an isolated logging road just off the highway in between Kelowna and Merritt. You’d literally have to be going 40 kilometers an hour to see it. Which we were, as we were appreciating the stunning scenery.

Polite Private Property

One thing I noticed while in Kelowna is that most if not all the land is privately owned, so walking on forsaken land was a dream; you’d usually be deemed a trespasser. This road was different though. There was no “private property” or “trespassers will be prosecuted” signs. Instead we read a lovely little sign that said “be responsible”. And so we were. It’d be irresponsible of us not to venture down this road in search of some forsaken scenery.

About 15~20 minutes down this small one way road we found a jetted out exit in which one could walk straight into the valley, and so we did just that. It was around 8:00pm and overcast. The couple looked at me hoping I could produce the vision I had pitched for them, but none the less we were all excited. We stayed until about 10:30pm taking photos and appreciating the view.

Be Willing To Adventure

While walking back to the car, which in its self took about half an hour, we were all fairly happy with our spontaneous outing. Photos or not, witnessing the sunset and view was priceless. We were all glad that we took the time. I’m certain all of us would agree that none of us knew what was down that logging road, past the forest, and into the valley. None of us knew of the sunset that was going to take place that night. And none of us really had the same vision for what we envisioned that night. But we all had a willingness to see where the road would take us. To take the time. To experiment. To adventure.

I’m not as sad about the rattle snakes anymore. They had their place. We had ours. And I think our’s was better.

 

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Day 75: Shooting Engagement Photos

Being in the Okanagan, there are plenty of orchards, desert landscapes, and all around stunning scenery close by. Yesterday, I had the privilege of shooting engagement photos for two friends of mine. Taking a break from editing video on my laptop, we decided to head out on a picture taking adventure across Kelowna.

After sometime at a farm that was owned by a family friend, we ventured up past the city limits to find rolling hills of beautiful desert. We kept driving, hit private property, and turned around to scope out some of the landscape while heading back to the city. We pulled the car off to the side of the road after we found a nice landscape for the perfect panorama. But unfortunately our adventure stopped after getting out of the car. The Okanagan grass is littered with rattle snakes, and that’s all we heard, rattle snakes.

…sometime I’d like to wander Iceland. Mainly due to the lack of rattle snakes, and the abundance of beautiful scenery.

Gear Wasn’t The Highlight Today

Most of the photos I was taking were during mid day with the sun being diffused by the clouds, while using my old 50mm Super Takumar f/1.8 lens (cost me $30 on craigslist). I was hovering around ISO 100~160, and my shutter was anywhere between 1/2000~1/500. I noticed that I could be taking these on my old T3i if I had wanted too. The lighting was good, I had a wide aperture on a good lens, my ISO was never being pushed, and my shutter was at some points being maxed out.

I was reminded that I really was no different then someone shooting on a T3i. Probably on Auto too. What made it different was the decisions I made. To not settle for cliches. To check my focus. To drive a little longer than normal… the more I confirmed that the gear is only a tool, and that it’s you that makes the difference. If you’re someone who’s interested in some sort of creative art, we live in a time where the barrier of entry is extremely low, and relatively cheap, compared to 10~15 years ago. Also, hiring yourself out to your friends for engagement photos is a super low cost, low pressure way, to practice your photography, and expand your portfolio. Maybe you should think of grabbing some sort of basic tool, and start practicing on how you can make yourself a better ___________ (photographer, videographer, audio engineer etc.)

The following photo was shot in a local cherry orchard in Kelowna.

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Day 73: Why Is Workflow So Important?

It’s a lovely sunny afternoon in Kelowna, BC as I edit over 10 hours of wedding footage. Sunday night I decided to head out with some friends for a spontaneous vacation up here in Kelowna Albeit, I do have some work cut out for me as I have to assess the footage from this past weekend.

However high pressure a wedding shoot might be, I must say, I do enjoy the layover that comes after. Editing is a task that can really be done anywhere as long as you have a computer, possibly a mouse, and a healthy supply of caffeinated beverages. If not for the portability, I probably wouldn’t be enjoying the Okanagan sun right now.

Workflow Helps Bring Rest

Considering I have a lot to do, this is one of the first times the idea of a healthy workflow has come to mind. Many creatives tend to just get right to it. You sit down, start cranking out some photos or videos, and call it a day. But you just can’t do that with 10 hours of footage. Getting up from an editing session, leaving it for the night, and then get back to it in the morning leaves no room for undecided decisions, or vaguely new approaches. You need a consistent system in which you can put your mind at ease once you leave your work to rest, along with being able to pick it up right where you left off, however long the break may have been.

Workflow Helps You Focus

One thing I’ve noticed is that I’m a sucker for colour grading. I love taking one piece of footage, and seeing how many different ways I can put it on display via different textures, filters, and colour-scales. This approach however, leaves little room for beneficial editing. One never commits, and one is never satisfied. Along with not knowing how to properly colour grade, one might never get out of the the black hole of amateur, filmmaker, colour grading, death. I’ve been there, and it sucks.

Learn a Consistent System

I’ll be looking at some colour grading tutorial on Lynda.com this week, and I’m excited to see where it takes me. I’m no where near the level of a profesisonal colourist, but I do think I have a decent eye, and a good understanding of the technicalities behind it. The one thing I don’t have though, is a foundational outlook on the process, because all I’ve ever known or learned has been gained through trial and error. Taking a look into a the professional landscape of colour grading I think will benefit my editing immensely.

Along with increasing the actual quality of the content, learning a foundational (and professional) way of doing things adds to the confidence and consistency of your workflow. Having something you know how to do, and you know will give good results is the key to any healthy workflow. If not for those two things, you’d be all over the place all the time, always trying new things; you’d never know what worked well because it’d be mixed in with all of the stuff that didn’t. So, learn a system, and get good at it.

Day 71: Filming Two Weddings & Learning For The First Time

Last Friday I filmed my first paid wedding, and it was an amazing experience. From the groom seeing the bride for the first time, to the ceremony, and the speeches and dances, it was an all around party. Not to mention, I was also in the wedding party celebrating my best friend who was just married (I had a second shooter for the ceremony). The whole day went until around 12:00am, and then came takedown. Seeing as I was also a groomsmen, it was my responsibility to help fully end the wedding day. I stayed longer then a videographer normally would because of this. There was also a breakfast the next day for the wedding party, and along with that, I also had another wedding I was to attend for another best friend the next day. Talk about on the run.

As I went home that Friday night, I hit the preverbal hay as quickly as I could. I needed the sleep ASAP, as the next day would most likely run just as long. After attending the breakfast in the morning, I had to run a few errands and drop off a few rentals, and then I was off to another wedding. This one however, I was not planning to shoot. My close friend who was being married that Saturday asked me to not film so I could enjoy the day, but something in my wanted to still make him a great film, and I knew inwardly that I’d still enjoy the day (especially for the fact that the film would be his wedding gift).

Spontaneous Shooting

So, showing up as a normal onlooker, about 5 minutes before hand, I ran from my car with only one camera I happened to bring that day, and my lower grade tripod, and lavaliere. I found the pastor, mic’d him up, and took a place on the side to grab as many dynamic shots as I could. I only had one camera, my 6D’s battery was dead. I forgot to charge it when I got home the night before, along with the batteries in the T2i I was shooting with.

I had half a battery left for the whole ceremony, but I didn’t let that discourage me or stop me, I wasn’t being paid for this wedding, but that doesn’t mean you should cheap out on a gift. My last 16gig SD card was in the camera, with no hacked firmware on it (magic lantern; a firmware I never shoot without), and in the back of my mind I was wondering if the T2i would randomly activate it’s auto gain control while the lavaliere was being recorded. But I kept moving, and I kept filming.

Things Get Worse

It was almost over. They signed their license. They got blessed by there pastor. “I know pronounce you hu—“ and then the battery dies. I missed their first kiss as husband and wife! The worst! My friend Bryan, who was in the wedding party that day, and who was also my second shooter for the day before, saw me suddenly turn my camera down and run away. He was so confused. Why did I not film their kiss? I later told him why, and he bursted out laughing. He told me he placed a GoPro in the tree above which should entail a pretty nice overhead shot of them kissing, and I also found my friend’s dad who happened to get a nice closeup of the kiss on his Canon.

Enjoy The Day

I ended up going home in-between the ceremony and reception, charging my cameras, dumping my cards from the night before, and in essence, doing all the things I should have done when I got home last night. You really never know as a videographer when your next shoot is going to be. It could be planned, and paid for, or it could be spontaneous. Either way, you always need to be prepared, and this is something that no video, tutorial, or teaching, will ever teach you. The past two days of filming has made me that much more confident in the field of videographer, and especially wedding videography. There were problems I encountered that I never expected, and I have to say, I’m glad that I filmed my both of my friends weddings, even though they were both hesitant on me filming as they wanted me to enjoy the day. Valid argument, but I’m glad that I took the chance, and soon giving both couples the ability to relive their wedding for years to come, and that made the day extremely enjoyable.

Learn While Doing

I have another paid wedding at the end of the month. One that will be much more elaborate, and that’s exciting. But I’ve been duped into thinking that they best way to plan for a wedding, is to plan for a wedding. Wrong. The best way to plan for a wedding is to shoot a lot of weddings. The truth is you will never get better at any skill or trade if all you do is plan, and never test out your assumptions and techniques. Test them, refine them, and build some confidence in knowing that…

  1. You’re choosing to be someone who constantly learns… and…
  2. You’re choosing to be someone who takes action, even though they don’t know all the pieces yet.

If you take these two things to heart, you will exceedingly surprise yourself at what can be accomplished, because the best time to learn something is when you’re doing it for the first time.

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Day 69: Finding Your Hourly Rate

If you’re reading this blog then I can assume you’re interested in entrepreneurship, whether it’d be a lot or a little. In my sphere, I know a few people who are extremely talented in a few areas, but have yet to make the change from hobbiest, to professional; a change which is actually not that hard to do. They’re either scared of risking the time for no reward, or the other, more prominent circumstance, they don’t know what to charge if they would start freelancing. What am I worth? What would my friends pay? Would this price scare people away? are all questions that venture through the mind of an aspiring entrepreneur, and I’m here to ease your soul.

Find Your Hourly Rate

Finding your hourly rate is a great step to moving forward in a freelancing career. But how do you find your rate, Sean? Well, here are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. If you’re freelancing, you’re special. Not too special. But you having some sort of knowledge that not everyone knows, nor is willing to learn. You’re worth just as much as the 16 year old flipping burgers at the nearest burger joint. He flips burgers, you make movies, or music, or whatever. Great. You’re makin’ minimum wage now! Awesome.
  2. What does your portfolio look like? Have you done a few jobs already? It doesn’t have to be amazing, but having something to show for allows your clients to build some trust in you, and helps them understand what kind of content they’ll be receiving. From your clients perspective, that’s worth a lot more then minimum wage. So don’t sell yourself short. You’re not flipping burgers! You’re filming weddings! Act like it!
    1. If you have no work to show for your talent then I’d suggest taking on one or two projects for cost, so you can build up a little portfolio. For cost I mean, have the client pay for all outstanding costs like rentals, parking, gas, maybe lunch, but they don’t need to pay for you. You are free. 
  3. Nice! You have a decent portfolio now. You’ve worked with different kinds of gear, and you have a few people calling you up asking you to do some projects. Now what? You have two directions.
    1. The Guy That Owns All His Gear: If you’ve somehow landed with a bunch of amazing gear… one, you’re lucky… and two, you’re unique. That being said. You’re worth quite a bit. Now we’re going to do a little bit of math. Add up the amount your gear is worth. Let’s say $10,000. Now, let’s say you want to upgrade that gear once this year, and you plan to work on 4 projects a month, one a week. $10,000/52 weeks = $192. Let’s call it $200 even. So on top of your hourly rate, which we’ve agreed is double minimum wage now. You can add on $200 per project, per week. Wooo! These are all ball park figures, but it’s supposed to help get the ideas flowing.
    2. The Guy That Rents All His Gear: If you don’t own your own gear, you probably rent all your gear on a project to project basis. This makes it very easy to write up a quote for a client. They say what they want, you say what they’ll need, and then you show them a quote for what it’ll cost to rent it, along with how much it costs to have you. Rental guys are in a unique situation because you can work with anywhere from really elaborate projects, to really simple ones. The burden of responsibility rests on how well you know how to organize the project and use all the gear you’re renting. If you take the total worth of the gear you’re using for a project, and do the same calculation Total Gear Value/52 weeks = Mark Up Per Project, you get a pretty good idea how much that project is worth.

So let’s say you’re shooting a wedding video, hypothetically. You have $10,000 worth of your own gear, plus a few things you’re renting. The rentals only cost $27, but the total worth of the rented gear is about $500. We’ve also established that we’re charging double minimum wage because we’re special, but not too special. So let’s do the math. A wedding video takes about 40 hours of total production time from preparing, to shooting, to editing, and then distributing.

40 x $20 = $800

$10,500/52 = $202

Rentals = $27

Total = $1,029

Nice. That’s a pretty good pay cheque for a 40 hour work week, and a wedding video at a very reasonable rate. As you can see, this basic formula works with a lot of different scenarios, as well as different professions. Hopefully this helps out some of you aspiring entrepreneurs.