How Do I Become a Freelance Video Editor?

So, you want to become a Freelance video editor but don’t know where to begin. This brief blog will help you with that. Below are some tips and tricks to help you get started whether you want to freelance or get hired for a full-time job. Post-production is an extremely important part of being in the video production field.

Create a video editors portfolio

One important tip you should always follow if you want to be a video editor is to create a portfolio. Creating a website is the best way to do this. It’s a simple way to share your work with employers who may be interested. Some good places to start if you’re not great with web design are Wix and Squarespace. They have pre-made templates that are much easier to work with. Or you could hire someone to do it for you, but that would cost more money. Some page ideas and/or tips to remember that could enhance your website are:

  • Creating an about me page
  • A contact me page that’s easily visible
  • Add links to your other social media account like Instagram
  • Estimate prices for your work
  • Make sure your site is mobile friendly
  • Add reviews from any clients or friends you have helped in the past
  • Creating a logo and/or business cards

Anything else you think of can be added, as well. Just be sure to not overcrowd any of the pages.

Finding clients

Now that your portfolio is set up, you’re going to want to start finding clients. If you have previously done jobs as a freelance video editor, then those should be on your portfolio. If you haven’t then you can start by seeing if anyone you know may need a website for their business or company. Doing some work for free can also help with adding to your portfolio. Another option would be to create your own mock-up ads or trailers, depending on what type of video editing you want to be doing.

Assuming you already have work for your portfolio, you can start by reaching out to local businesses, lesser-known bands who may need music videos, etc. It all depends on what kind of editing you want to do. The point is to reach out to as many potential clients as you can by giving them a business card or sending over your portfolio. Don’t be afraid to ask around either. You never know who may need a video editor.

You can also start on websites such as Fiverr and/or Upwork. There are tons of websites out there that help you connect to people who are in need of video editing services. Or you can look for full-time work using LinkedIn or Indeed.

Always continue learning

No matter how much you think you know about being a video editor or editing, there is always room for improvement and learning more. Youtube is a great place to keep up with editing tips and programs. There should always be something new for you to learn out there. If you don’t know how to do something, don’t be afraid to practice or search/ask for help.

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