How Do You Stay Motivated as a Freelance Photographer or Independent Filmmaker?

Have you heard the old saying that it takes over eight years to become recognized? That is can take even longer to finally get paid for your time? If that’s the case, then how in the world are you going to pay off all those student loans? The thousands of dollars you owe a college that promised you the skills to get paid? How are you going to stay motived when it seems like no one ever calls you back or looks at your work? Why shouldn’t I just stay in bed and binge watch the entirety season of Stranger Things again?

These are the real issues that every independent artist has to face today. 

 

MAC vs PC - BREAKING THE RULES AND BUILDING SOMETHING BETTER.

I Have Been Long Frustrated by Constant Upgrades Slowing Down My Edit Suites’ by Mike Pecci

 

 

HOW TO COMPLETE A MUSIC VIDEO IN UNDER 10 DAYS.

Creating a music video for a national act is one of the most intense tasks for a modern day filmmaker.  Sure, the tools are more affordable, but declining budgets and insane turnaround times can turn your production into a sprint.

 

DO LIGHTING TESTS: A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT LIGHTING FOR LIVE MUSIC SESSIONS (PART 01)

All too often in our business, we are thrust into a job in which we either have no time for or cannot afford lighting tests. I find that these gigs force me to fall back on my old tricks and techniques. This can lead to the dangerous place of shooting stuff that all looks the same.

 

DO LIGHTING TESTS: A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT LIGHTING FOR LIVE MUSIC SESSIONS (PART 02)

Strap yourself in, and get ready for a really dorky article on lighting. I promise to get only slightly technical and hopefully open your eyes to the amazing differences you get from the various options available to both motion and still photography.