I have been working with video, although not the way that most on here are, for over five years now and I have seen the meteoric rise in its popularity online. The explosion of broadband, and the ever-increasing popularity of sites such as YouTube have opened the masses eyes to video.
That said, I there are still huge brands in the UK that are not using the power of video properly in my opinion. There would seem to be huge opportunities for video professionals to make compelling. commercial videos.
Ever since I bought a pro camera and started experimenting this year Iíve become hooked. It makes me wonder if I could ever make a living shooting video? I canít think of many other things that would be more enjoyable, assuming my career as a porn star is in fact now dead ;o)
In my career, I am about to leave one huge UK media owner to work for a video network, and I canít wait to be in the centre of brands, publishers and content owners/ producers. It is a fantastic opportunity as Head of Content to make some really cool deals. But I am never happier than when I have some time with just me and my camera/ Mac to edit said video.
My question, I guess, for those people out there who are lucky (gifted) enough to make a living out of video is do you think that there are too many videographers for the market today? If not, do you think we are in danger of seeing that soon?
To be honest, I am a salesman of 20 odd years and I have already blagged a job shooting video, albeit on a small scale. I think that anyone with a half decent camcorder could blag some jobs, because the vast majority of people that Ďsort of would like a videoí wonít question the output.
This makes me worry that the market is already flooded with people offering video services, and that maybe this passion will never be more than that.
Rant over. :o)
Iíd be interested to know where you guys see the market though.