Getting Hired for a Video Production Company Job
Find your dream job. Let’s take a step-by-step journey through the entire process of getting hired by a video production company.
One cool thing about pursuing a career in film and video is just how open-ended the profession can be. If you talk to enough filmmakers, videographers, and editors, you’ll hear a million different career tracks ranging from steady desk jobs to freelancing around the world.
However, if you’re someone looking for a steady job (with reliable work, paychecks, and perks like healthcare), then joining a video production company as a full-time employee can be a great option. And as long as the industry continues to thrive and grow (and there’s no indication that film and video work will be drying up anytime soon), there’ll always be new companies with new jobs.
The trick is to find the best opportunities for you. Then, of course, you’ll need to apply, present yourself well, and nail the interview process to finally land your dream gig.
Finding the Right Job for You
Before we dive in, I’d recommend you sit down and take a hard look at just what type of job you’re interested in and where you think you’d be a good asset to a video production company.
Speaking personally, I had a great mentor advise me on this when I was finishing up film school. Coming from someone who worked in the industry for years, he suggested that I take a look at just what parts of video production I was interested in (pre-production, shooting, editing — or all of the above), and look for roles and companies that’d be a good fit.
Yes, you can carpet bomb your resume to dozens of companies with little research, but chances are the hiring managers will quickly smell this out. If you’re serious about finding the right job, spend time researching and exploring what you’d ultimately like to do.
Your Digital Profile
Another avenue to consider before starting on your resume and applying to places is to work on your digital profile. In many instances, if you have a strong online or local brand, you might not even need to apply places. Instead, have job offers come to you.
In order of importance, I’d advise to start with LinkedIn as a cornerstone to your digital profile. Make sure you have all the basics filled — your education, your work history, and don’t forget a picture! LinkedIn is also great for allowing you to showcase some of your best projects and videos. The platform is great for building out your personal network and looking for jobs directly on the app.
From there, your Vimeo and/or YouTube pages are also important avenues to showcase your work. I’d say that Vimeo is usually considered the more film and video industry accepted platform.
And, while not as important, personal or brand pages on Facebook and Twitter is a good idea. If you really want to go for broke though, building out your own website, where you have complete control of showcasing your work, can also be an attractive offer.
Here are some good resources and articles to help with building out your digital profile:
- 5 Tips for Building a Video Professional LinkedIn Profile
- Vimeo Hack: How to Boost Your Vimeo Page
- 7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”
Even though we live in an age with digital profiles and Linkedin pages, taking the time to create a solid, professional resume can go a long way in the reviewing and hiring process. Although, I can’t stress this enough — DO NOT LIE!
A resume is meant to be the base work for review and the start of an eventual interview conversation. Have fun with it, be creative, but keep it clean, simple, and straightforward.
Your Demo Reel
Another hallmark of the professional film and video industry is the traditional demo reel. While I’d always argue that having individual videos to showcase (with case studies into why and how you created them) will always be better for interviews and conversations, having something flashy to quickly showcase your skill sets is often part of the process.
If you’re looking into creating a demo reel to show off your work, here are some great articles to help you out:
- 3 Things to Keep in Mind While Updating Your Demo Reel
- Should Film and Video Editors Have Demo Reels?
- How to Pick the Perfect Demo Reel Music
The Interview Process
Once you’ve found a good job and applied with personality and care, you may be invited to interview for the role. The interview process can be stressful for some, but I’ve always encouraged those who might be nervous to simply view it as a conversation. We’re not all sales people, so going in just looking to “close the deal” and get hired shouldn’t be your mindset.
Instead, view the interview process as a way to meet the team you might be working with. Bring questions with you about the culture of the company, about the types of projects and style of work they do. The more research you can do into the company beforehand the better, then you can start deciding if you want to be a part of the team.
The Follow Up and Next Steps
Finally, once you’ve researched, applied, and interviewed, it’s really out of your hands. A short follow-up email (or better yet, hand-written postcard) showing your appreciation for inviting you in and considering you for the role is perfectly acceptable and often a nice touch.
The rest is simply a matter of being patient, staying open to other opportunities until you hear for sure on something, and staying positive throughout the process.
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