HOW I MADE $40,000 WITH A $500 CAMERA – Videographer’s Opinion


In today’s video I’m going to smash the
myth that you need an expensive camera to be a professional videographer and
I’m going to do that by telling you how I made $40,000 on a $500 camera hey
everyone Tanya here from creative nets before I
get into it I’m just gonna ask that you hit that subscription button in the
bottom of the video I’m trying so hard to build this channel and I can’t do it
without your help so thanks so this video is being prompted by a general
attitude that I’ve sort of noticed in video production over the years and it’s
the belief that if you are a professional you would therefore have a
certain kind of camera or if you’re serious about video you’ll have whatever
the hell brand that person thinks you should have but the reality is that’s
not true so I’m putting my foot down and I’m tossing in my two cents would it be
five cents I guess you’d have to round up because if you round down then it’s
no cents which makes it nonsense I’m kind of sad they got rid of the penny on
a side note wishing fountains are making way more Bank today I want to tell you
about how I made $40,000 on a five hundred dollar camera now I don’t like
income claims I find that they can be arrogant often they’re not even true
that people just use them for clickbait but that’s not the case with this video
and the only reason I am making an income claim is because I felt like in
order to make my point I had to be transparent with you
story time I was 20 years old and in university at the time working my way
towards law school I know right like no now I did all of his friends were heart
time with a Canon t3i that my parents bought me for my birthday on clearance
from Future Shop I simply have to be clear this wasn’t a hold of goal really
I was just hoping to pick up a couple of gigs so I could stop selling my soul
working nights at Jack Astor’s we hate that place
so how did I do it well the first 10,000 was kind of a shot in the dark I just
said yes to everything just wanted a chance to shoot for a couple hundred
bucks here in the ton of events a lot of charity stuff that I did for free at
first but then somehow turned into paid work later point being I didn’t really
know what I was doing but yet somehow I was still getting work and I was making
enough money to quit my serving job so at this point I was relying solely on
freelancing to pay for school and everything else so my program
coordinator actually sat down with me and said hey look you’re not
coming to class anymore because you’re doing this other thing you’re not gonna
get into law school if you don’t make a decision and so I dropped down to
part-time at this point the plan was still to eventually go to law school now
I feel this next part is really crucial in the success that I managed to
experience I put a lot of effort into my branding my website and developing my
professionalism I brand it as an agency so creative nest versus a 20 year old
girl with a camera in my case branding as an agency and a company I think that
was a massive leg up and how I managed to grow as quickly as I did my goal was
to work with small to medium size businesses who had minimal budgets but
just needed simple professional content and I made this target market my goal
for my client base because first of all I knew there was money to make in that
market and two it was within my means to produce for that group with my skill set
my experience and the price point that I was offering I didn’t have a ton of
experience I was it was really an amateur and I knew that my camera wasn’t
great but here’s the thing I learned this really really early on is that not
everyone wants needs or can afford Hollywood production I decided to fill
that gap it’s important to point out that I also continued to do a lot of
free work for charities and organizations because it made me feel
good and I had the time to do it but also because it was really good at
getting my name out there so every time I shot an event I got to meet new people
see new faces I can’t even express how important it was to just get out there
as much as possible with my camera even if it wasn’t a great camera we’re
talking to Canon t3i it’s not great in the process of shooting for free and
shooting low-budget and working with lots of different clients with different
needs I learned how to maximize the output of my equipment I also watched a
lot of YouTube videos with the money that these projects were making granted
it wasn’t a huge amount of money for the amount of work that was being done I
started to reinvest in my equipment but the stuff that I really needed
camera was doing the job but I needed a better audio setup and I needed lighting
so I picked up rode shotgun mic hundred bucks Canadian on sale just like the
mini one I wanted to get a professional light kit but they were crazy expensive
so I picked up a shotgun you know those garage lights that you
buy from Home Depot on the sticks like the LED panels I literally bought two of
those for again like a hundred hundred twenty bucks and just carry those around
in like a black rolling travel bag it was actually really sketchy but it did
the job it gave my clients what they needed and what they wanted it was a
super convenient for me but at the time it was all I could really justify and
afford so regardless of how sketchy or rough my equipment looked I was still
landing work because first of all I didn’t make claims about things that I
didn’t know how to do second my pricing was accessible and finally is that I
treated every client interaction the way that an agency would email
communications and phone meetings versus Facebook chats
everyone was given an invoice from deposit all the way to whatever their
outstanding balance was every project had a contract on top of that I showed
up to every shoot with a clean black t-shirt with my company logo
videographer written across the back and my website along the bottom and whenever
I had friends or colleagues or if I hired someone to help me with the
project they also got that shirt so we very quickly and easily looked like a
team even if it was mostly just me so all of this to say that while I was in
school part-time which I ended up dropping out of by the way I managed to
build a company that had a face a brand and a reputation and made $40,000 in its
first year on a $500 camera so obviously since then I upgraded my gear but I
didn’t just jump out and buy the most expensive camera ever to this day I
still have shit on like the most professional camera ever it’s a good
camera I went and got something that was reasonable for the kind of work that I
produce today creative nest makes an income that’s
significantly better than the forty thousand in the first year but more
importantly it’s sustainable and again this is on equipment that still makes
some professionals question my level of seriously regardless of what equipment
you’re shooting on or where you live or what kind of clients you want to work
with it really comes down to this establishing what you believe is your
definition of success in my case I just want it to be making enough money to not
have to work as many shifts at the serving job that I hate it and then
eventually it turned into me not having to work for anyone else ever and being
able work for myself all the time am i shooting high profile celebrity videos
in Toronto in LA but I have clients in Toronto and LA
does creative must have a million Instagram followers my side note though
I’m actually trying to break like 1,000 so if you can go follow me that would be
really appreciated it’s creativeness making a million
dollars not yet it’s not and hey it might never but that’s okay because I’ve
found my dream job so I’m okay either way so I will leave you with this don’t
let some arrogant prick or some just rich enthusiast tell you that what
you’re doing isn’t good enough because a real professional who has grown from the
bottom to where they are now will understand that everything comes in time
and that at this point in time this is where you’re at so don’t let someone
tell you that you’re not good enough or that your gear isn’t good enough at the
end of the day your market will decide that for you if you have a camera that
costs way more than you can afford to pay off your clients aren’t paying
enough or if you’re claiming to be producing Hollywood endeavors but really
you’re shooting on an iPhone maybe it’s time to reevaluate your service offering
but don’t let the service offering be defined by someone telling you that your
equipment should be upgraded and you’re not good enough because of that
equipment so make the upgrade when you can afford to do it and you’re ready to
do it all right guys that is a wrap if you like this video please take the time
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wonderful day now go make something awesome bye

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