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    Hey Everyone,

    I graduated from college with a degree in film and photography. I've spent the last year starting up and managing my own video production company back in my home town. And while business is good and I enjoy the work, I feel that at some point I would like to move on to larger projects that will have wide releases and more social engagement.

    I'm unsure where my niche might be in a production environment. So far I've found I enjoy the camera and editing departments the most. I thought I would do an evaluation of my strengths, preferences, and personality and see if you all had any recommendations on what sorts of positions related to visual arts might fit what I'm looking for. I'm really hoping for a wide range of responses, so please don't hold back any recommendations, even if the job isn't related to visual arts / video / photography at all.

    Obviously nothing is going to come close to fitting all of these preferences, or play to even a majority of what I would consider my strengths. But knowing it's an over idealized list I would still love to hear your opinions on the types of jobs that came into your mind as you read through. Please also ignore the job market, how rare the position is, or how many years experience would be required, as im more trying to get an idea of where i would like to aim for in the future and not my current odds. Thanks!

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    Personality: Theoretical, conceptualist, perfectionist, critical, independent (need some level of autonomy), driven to acquire knowledge / make sense of topics im interested in, dont like large groups of people.

    Strengths: Aesthetic sensitivity, very visual learner, imagination, critiquing / helpful feedback, global concepts, systems oriented, organized, good at assessing benefits & flaws of possible strategies and designing creative solutions, graphic design, ability to examine issues objectively, high standards, strong work ethic, attention to detail, noticing patterns and deriving meaning.

    Preferences: Intellectual environment, theoretical & intellectual challenges, variety of projects / topics, opportunity to generate ideas.

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    Here's some additional info I got from a personality test that I think is very accurate about the type of job I would like to have:


    "prefer work that makes use of their ability to see inner meanings, implications, and possibilities. it's important to them to find a way of expressing their perceptions. their unique, inner vision of how things could be must be translated into reality."

    1. lets them create and develop original and innovative solutions to problems to improve existing systems.

    2. lets them work with other conscientious people whose expertise, intelligence, and competence they respect.

    3. gives them credit for their original ideas and lets them maintain authorship and control over there execution.

    4. allows them to work independently but with periodic interaction with a small group of intellectual people within a smooth running environment free of squabbles.

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    Let me know what comes to mind, Thanks again!


    - Shawn

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    Have you considered expanding your video work to make short movies. If you are making enough money with you normal business this could be a sideline and can be done on a very low budget. If you find the projects are rewarding in them selves thats fine. You could also enter them into film festivals as a way of reaching a wider audience. WHo knows where this could end up if your films are good enough.

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    Excuse my cynicism, Shawn, but can you really give any credence to that personality test? It describes the sort of job attributes which anyone and everyone who does a personality test is likely to think they want.

    Anyone who is suited to a job which "lets them turn up on time, perform a mundane repetitive task so they can concentrate their mind on something else whilst waiting for tea breaks, lunch breaks and time to go home" is not really likely to be doing a personality test.

    In other words, this strikes me as using exactly the same method as horoscopes to convince you it's right - telling you things you want to hear, which are general enough to make you think it applies to you.

    That's not to say it doesn't apply to you. But it applies to anyone and everyone looking to start out and make a splash in a career.

    Neither is it a criticism of you for wanting to dedicate some time and energy to finding the right career path. And it may well be that this test carries some high credentials. But as I said at the outset, I'm cynical of those results. I'd love to see results for other people.
    Tim

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    Thanks for the advice Blue, I may continue building my own company, but wanted to look at my options / what people may recommend I would enjoy out in a wider production environment.

    Tim: I dont really want to get into the credentials of the personality test, I thought it would be useful in describing the type of position and work im looking for, but if you would like to ignore it and make a recommendation based only on my self assessment that's fine.

    - Shawn

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    Ignore me. I' in a foul mood.
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    Foul mood aside, your point is valid. Whilst these personality tests are a fun diversion, they are, by virtue of design, only able to tell you what you already (want) to know. For example most, if not all, of those traits fit my job as an analyst.

    I'm getting very confused messages from you. On the one hand you want to continue running your own business, on the other you're looking at developing a career working for others.

    I would suggest that you make that decision first. To be successful in one would normally be to the detriment of the other. Or, to put it another way, you will end up approaching mediocracy in both. So although the question is what career to develop, the first question should be whether you want to grow your business, or develop a specialisation.
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    again, I don't want to get into the merits of personality tests... I'm aware of the controversy surrounding their results. Just ignore that part of the original post if you have a problem with it.

    Sorry for the confusion. I mean that I may continue my production company for a longer or shorter period before I embark on more of a career path in larger productions. There is no conflict between continuing my own production company or making an attempt at a "specialisation" as you said.

    Marc, what is this analyst position you have?

    Also any more recommendations for specific jobs would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks!

    - Shawn
    Last edited by Shawn; 03-03-2010 at 02:20 AM.

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    There are two types of people working in television...

    1. People who work in television because they want to make television.

    2. People who work in television because they want to work in television.

    Type 1 people live, sleep, breathe and dream about making great television.

    Type 2 people dream about telling their friends that they work in television.

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    Personality: ... dont like large groups of people.


    - Shawn
    I personally don't think you're suited for movies or TV then since they are very much a team effort.
    Last edited by Rembrandt Rob; 03-03-2010 at 01:32 PM.

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    I dont really want to work in TV.

    and when i say i dont like large groups, i mean i prefer a tight team environment, with like 5 - 30 people working towards the same goal. Sounds like most independent film sets to me.

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    Maybe you should think about videography then.

    It doesn't have the same glamour as "Features" but is a lot harder. A wedding videographer will put in a lot more work than anyone on a film set. They will have to have a wider spectrum of technical knowledge and an ability to work without having others to rely on. When they do industrial or commercial work, they have a lot more input than individuals in a "broadcast" environment.

    Most television and movie cameramen who have been in the game a few years have a lot of respect for videographers.

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