New capability added to the wheelhouse. Aerial videography. Super quick cut of a Sunday afternoon in Leavenworth. Shot to spice up the parks videos. Please enjoy!

Full disclosure this is me bringing on team members and takes more than the average coordination. Apparently I might have access to a Blackhawk if you want to go nuts with the budget *smile* *cough* Mark!

Contact me if you need any videography or photography done!

Mindy’s Dance Center Recital 2014

Dance recital highlight reel for Mindy’s Dance Center in Lee’s Summit, MO!
This amazing studio puts on three great recitals, pulling out all the stops they go the extra mile and bring in professional videographers (myself) AND a professional lighting crew… which the videographers ALWAYS love! Check out some of the action –

If you have a studio and are shopping around for a new Dance Recital Videographer or Photographer please contact me and I’d be happy to meet with you and talk about how 29 Pixel Studios, LLC can help you out!

Katie’s Dance Studio Recital

Dance recital highlight reel for Katie’s Dance in Leavenworth, KS!
For nearly a decade I’ve been shooting dance recitals and my longest client Katie’s Acrobat and Dance Studio always puts on a great show! Check out some of the action –

If you have a studio and are shopping around for a new Dance Recital Videographer or Photographer please contact me and I’d be happy to meet with you and talk about how 29 Pixel Studios, LLC can help you out!

SEA LIFE commercial

Very excited to share this commercial my company, 29 Pixel Studios, produced for SEA Life. This is the Arizona edition that will begin airing this week! Also in the pipeline are a Kansas City, Minneapolis and Dallas cut. Next up, global *smile* please enjoy:

 

Video production for the Plaza!

Produced a video for Highwoods Properties’ an internal quarterly meeting. The client wanted a polished highlight-reel/tenant testimonial blend. Everyone was very pleased with the end result!

This is a video production by my company 29 Pixel Studios, LLC and was brought to me by Highwood’s advertising company Trozzolo Communications Group. If you have any commercial needs, please feel free to contact me. Shot on C100 + 5D Mark III (a few clips were provided B-roll of buildings, shot on a 5D & 7D).

Random tip of the day for freelancers

GET INSURANCE! Like, today. Then make sure you know how much your deductible is and put that dollar amount into an envelope, a sub account, anywhere separate from day-to-day funds. Now your worst case scenario has extremely low impact!

I use to have coverage of $20-30,000 worth of gear $10,000 worth of computer related inventory along with the common liability stuff and it ran in the mid $400s for the year. That’s a pretty low cash amount for peace of mind!

Last month I found out my deductible went up to $1,000 (somehow that snuck past me) when a camera got knocked over. When I called to ask how much my principle would jump by lowering it to $500 the answer was THREE DOLLARS… for the YEAR! I was a bit upset.

Can you make a living, doing what you want to do?

The last day of September 2013 was the first day as a self-employed individual. My company 29 Pixel Studios, LLC went official in April of that year, but honestly, I’ve been building this business since I graduated in 2003. I knew moving from ‘part-time freelancer’ to ‘self-employed’ was inevitable.

So now I’m six-months deep into running my own business and wanted to share some thoughts. I’m writing these into a post because I’ve been asked a ton of times recently about making the switch. Ironically only a few of the people were in my ‘field’ (one of which was looking for an internship position!) but all were either breaking new ground or looking to take the world by storm.

Books upon books will describe running a successful business but to me, there is one all important question that MUST be answered.

Can you make a living, doing what you want to do?

My answers: no, yes, no.

No: I want to coach the Detroit Lions… but I can’t make a living doing it. I was blessed (and I mean BLESSED) to Coach the Patton Jr. High Tigers for about five years and to this day… it was the most exciting job I ever had. Can’t support a family on a Jr. High Football Coach salary, so… no.

Yes: I want to be a storyteller. It could be the artist captures your wedding day through photographs. A cinematographer who creates the short film that tells a birth mother about your family. Or even the guy that redesigned the approach the DoD and NATO design military symbols because… it just made sense to me. Yeah. I can do that on a level that will put food on the table.

No: Movie reviewer… I LOVE, LOOOOVE talking movie reviews with other film geeks. I mean I use the Huzzaah Scale for Pete’s sake (another post for another time I suppose).  It’s something I love. I think I’m good at it. But no one would ever PAY for it!!! Happy and Poor Movie Critic.

This post a few months ago by Lauren Panepinto is a good quick read but I wanted to highlight the first Venn diagram (all are fantastic) as it illustrates my question that must be answered. Personally I’d like to see the lower right circle read WHAT PEOPLE WILL PAY FOR vs WANT.

This is America baby, you can do what you love. We could all do what we love for free… and no customer would should complain. But when it comes time to pony up the dough, then the person paying the coin will look for WHO IS GOOD AT IT. Do you also fall into this circle as well? Perfect, Happy and Rich. (Well, lets not get crazy, I’d like to see this one as Happy and well off).

I also don’t mind doing a bit of the grind (unfulfilled + rich on the graphic). There are things I don’t particularly love but am happy to do because I’m good at it and people are willing to pay. With the end game in mind you might want to consider hiring or outsourcing if this stuff drives you crazy. For me, I don’t mind doing a bit of the work to help my business.

Bottom line here: Whatever you love… if someone, somewhere is wanting it enough to pay for it… you need to be GOOD AT IT! Never EVER stop learning.