When most people think of ‘film’, they think of Hollywood. But studying film can take you down many more roads than just Hollywood Boulevard. If you haven’t noticed already, video is everywhere. Videos communicate messages powerfully, and tell stories like no other medium. You’ll rarely see a company, a project, an event or any sort of online campaign without a video to accompany it. And this is where you and I come in.
When I told my parents I was going to study film, as expected, they asked if I could actually make a career out of it. And when I tell my friends I study film, I get the reply “oh that’s cool”, but I’m sure they’re thinking “ha! Good luck with that”. Little do they realise that the videos they see everywhere – from the YouTube ads delaying you from watching cat videos, to the short Facebook videos promoting the latest music festival – are all made by us creative professionals (I love that title). And as creative professionals in the digital revolution, our work is booming! Never have the skills to produce quality videos been more valued. And when people value something, they’re willing to pay good money for it. You think wedding photography is lucrative? Think about wedding videography!
If you’re wondering what I did – I told people I was studying film. Nek minnit a boss of mine at QUT asked me to make a simple video for him. Then a week later I’m making a video for another guy who saw the first video. And now I make short videos for a whole bunch of people at QUT, promoting a whole range of things. My latest one, below, is about recent QUT graduate Tyra, who works for Black Milk Clothing:
So if you have an interest in film, you can definitely make a career out of it. My main tip – apply yourself. University is swarming with opportunities. Don’t wait until the end of your degree to get some work under your belt. Tell everyone and everything you study film/make videos and I guarantee you that friend of yours has a friend who knows a guy who wants a video made about that thing.