How to Become a Freelance Videographer

So, you’re interested in becoming a videographer and don’t know where to start. Here are a few steps that can help you on your journey into videography.

Step One: LEARN

The first step into any career field is to begin learning the skills that will be required of you. In this case, a videographer should be learning the basics of planning, filming, and editing. If school isn’t an option for you, Youtube is a great place to start. There are videos for everything. There are also sites, such as Skillshare, that are available for a price but allow you to learn from the best.

Step Two: Put Your Skills to Use

Once you know the basics of being a videographer, it’s time to put your skills to use. You can start by creating videos on your own, such as fake commercials, short films, etc. This is a good way to practice and get footage for a reel/portfolio.

When you feel confident enough in your skills, reach out to anyone you know or small businesses. Even doing some work for free, again for a portfolio, can be helpful.

Step Three: Create a portfolio/demo reel

The best way to show your potential clients what you can do is by creating a portfolio and/or demo reel. The whole business is about visuals, so this step is a must for any videographer. When creating your demo reel, try to find the best footage you’ve taken.

A good way to share your work is by creating a website. This allows potential customers to have easy access to everything about you. Your site can include an about you page, a demo reel that plays as soon as someone opens your home page, a list of clients you’ve worked with, contact information, etc.


Following these three simple steps can help you learn to become a great videographer. Learn, practice, practice, practice, and put your skills to use and you’ll be getting customers in no time.

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