Getting a video production internship or entry-level job requires hard work and determination.
The video production industry is becoming crowded due to the fast-paced clip of changing technology and an enthusiastic interest by young talent. So how can new talent get the experience needed to secure that first video production internship or job? Here are some tips:
Meet Decision Makers
- Apply for entry-level jobs or an internship at a video production company. This will allow you access to decision makers and industry insiders who can then help you secure a position.
- And, don’t be shy when you get the chance to be on location with potential employers. Make yourself useful – unloading equipment or getting coffee. This will help develop your confidence and show future employers you’re eager to learn from the bottom up. The more you do, the more you can then add to your resume.
Show Your Work
- As soon as you have quality work to show, create a reel or sample page to share with prospective employers. Your work doesn’t have to have been aired or published, it needs to represent your talents.
Find a Mentor
- Don’t be afraid to ask a video production professional – the company owner, director of photography or video editor – to mentor you, as seasoned professionals welcome the chance to share their expertise.
- Keep the video production professionals you work with in the loop. Update them on projects you’re working on, the status of your education and availability to assist on future projects.
Article by Ken Liljegren, owner and president of Spectrum Video & Film. Spectrum Video & Film is a professional video production company in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. Spectrum specializes in corporate, commercial and online social media videos, as well as projection, lighting and sound. To find out more about how we can help with your next video or event, visit us at spectrumvideoandfilm.com.