If you create videos for passion and fun, as you become an expert, you might start thinking about earning some money, especially if you spend a lot of time and invest a lot of money in your hobby.
After all, the stock footage market is booming and it could be the right time to try and jump into the adventure.
Most likely, the number of stock video creators will soon grow and breaking through will become increasingly difficult, as has already happened for the photo market.
So if you’re going to try to turn your hobby into a job, you have no time to waste.
The path that allows those who produce clips for passion to become a stock footage professional is certainly not quick or immediate, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
It is important, however, to assume the entrepreneurial mindset that characterizes all successful professional activities.
Consistency and patience are the hallmarks of a video maker. Since the results will not be immediate, you must avoid becoming demoralized and continue producing and publishing clips. It takes a lot of time to do this seriously. But it is an investment of time that is indispensable and will probably pay off. If, on the other hand, you want to hurry things along, it will be very difficult to achieve acceptable results.
Passion and creativity are essentials: precisely because it is a long and tiring job, if it is not supported by a great passion, there is the risk of getting bored very quickly and giving up before you see results.
Creativity, then, is essential to create videos that are able to amaze and differentiate themselves from those of competitors by offering something more.
The ability to analyze is another very important element: beyond the technical skills and the quality of the video produced, it will be necessary to be able to grasp the market trends and direct your production towards what the audience is most looking for.
Technical skills are, of course, fundamental, all the more so if you don’t want to invest a lot of money in equipment.
Equipment is also important and it may be necessary to invest some money to keep up with competitors. However, investments, in this sense, should be made gradually and always taking into account the total budget.
Becoming a professional in the world of stock footage is a process that takes a lot of time and effort. Therefore, to see the first results you will have to wait a while, without getting demoralized if sales are not immediate.
The time it takes to become a professional is generally inversely proportional to the time you dedicate to this activity: if you produce and upload many clips, if you engage in research and analysis in order to understand how the market works, you are more likely to achieve good results in a shorter time.
Many video makers wonder how many clips they have to produce and upload to stock each month in order to make enough money to become professionals.
Again, there is no single answer: much depends on the expectations you have and what you want to achieve economically.
It also depends on how much time you have available. If you also have another job, you will have to make do with fewer clips: in any case, it is better to go for quality over quantity. Uploading clip after clip just to make up numbers is not a good idea. Every clip must have a concept and must be useful to someone: for this reason, it is important to loot at it from the point of view of the potential client or audience and interpret their needs.
If a clip is successful and sells, there is no point in producing other clips with the same subject matter, as it would simply divide the number of sales. Rather, it is useful to analyze the characteristics that made it so attractive and to present them on other clips.
If you’ve decided to make the leap from hobby to professional work, it’s time to start getting serious, with perseverance and determination.
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