I received my BA in Digital Film and Video Production the beginning of 2018, but acquired a job as a loan specialist in a call center right away. I'm considering the work related field I received my education in. What are constructive methods to choosing a good fit and transition regarding how I select job offers within Jobcase?
Hi Bryan, congrats on getting your degree.
Thought I’d provide thoughts on a few paths you could pursue.
-In-House - Many companies have internal production teams, handling a range of video needs. If you are open to a corporate environment, it may be a great route to explore. The other thing to note is that more and more brands are building their own capabilities and contracting with third parties less and less. Which means more open reqs!
-Agency or Production Company - I come from an advertising background, which could be another path to consider. Ad agencies and production companies are always looking for great people, especially if you are open to beginning in a freelance capacity. The key here is to start networking. It’s an industry built on relationships, and the more relationships you can form, the further you can go. So how do you go about networking in the ad industry? Look up advertising agencies in your area, and inquire if the creative director or head of production would be open to an informational conversation. Or, try attending an industry event put on by your regional Ad Club. Most cities have an Ad Club as a resource (I.e., New York Ad Club, Los Angeles Ad Club, Boston Ad Club, etc.).
-Freelance - Beyond just the ad industry, freelancing in general may be a great place to start. As Matthew Ireland said, never accept “no,” it’s an exciting time to be in the field and it looks like you’ve got a broad range of skillsets (editing, camera operating, writing, photography) to make it happen as a generalist or a specialist.
I’m rooting for you. Best of luck!
Hi Bryan, Starting in the digital film and video world mainly depends on a couple of things: 1. Proving your skills/talent with a reel or portfolio and 2. Connecting with people and opportunities that will help you get your "feet wet."
To get there, here are my top 7 suggestions:
- Create, create, create. Just make things, and develop a style and a point-of-view. The more you get out there and do, the better.
- Build a YouTube/Vimeo page, blog, or portfolio site to get your stuff online. Only post the things you feel best represent the work you think is good and want to do. You can start with things that you created for school.
- Get inspired. There are tons of great examples online already – on vimeo, motionographer.com, various corporate content sites, etc. – to learn from.
- Get started on the ground floor – even if it pays you next to nothing. Determine the part of process you are interested in and find people who do it. If you want to be a Director of Photography, ask producers or production shops if you can help on set. Take any job that they offer (i.e. Production Asst), kick ass (good instincts plus 110%), and get to know everyone. Always be willing to learn and work your way in.
- Connect with film and video people through your school. Sometimes the best resources are under your nose or are your peers.
- Ask people, businesses or non-profits you know if you can help them develop some useful video content or promotions. You might be surprised who's looking for help.
- Never stop at "no." The people I know in this business are always creating and keep at it.
You can do this. Good luck and we can't wait to see your work. :)
Excellent question Bryan Moylan . I'm not versed in the career dynamics and potential job titles you can transition into given your current work experience in finance and lending but I'm sure there's an entry level opportunity you can position yourself into.
I'm going to tag Matthew Ireland and Larry Mintz from our Creative Department and ask them to offer the best transition scenarios where the combination of your education and work experience makes the best sense.
In the meantime, check out the US Department of Labors career development website MyNextMove.org. This site lets you explore a variety of job options within industries. Positions are given a career outlook rating and identify the required skills, abilities, personalities, and technological knowledge necessary to qualify for job opportunities.
You can use the link below to get started with your research. Let me know what you think. Thanks Bryan Moylan