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My First Year Of Freelance

I went freelance in December 2017. It wasn't planned, or by choice, as I was made redundant from my previous job at a production company.

After getting over the initial shock, I felt strangely motivated to really give freelance my best shot. It could go terribly wrong, but I felt like it was the time to really go and put my all into it. So, I decided to invest a few thousand pounds in equipment (which I was worried I would not even earn back) and jump into the freelance pool.

The first few months were very quiet, I was getting just a handful of jobs, but I was constantly sending emails, going to meetings and making phone calls to whoever I thought might have use for my services. After a couple of months, work eventually started to pick up and even began to snowball. Long story short; my first year of being freelance was a big success and I do not think I could have asked for a better first year to self-employment.

Image by Harry Bamford

Image by Harry Bamford

Below are a few highlights of the year:

  • The first job I got was shooting a music video for local band, Fast Car To Florence.

  • I shot five music videos in total over the course of the year.

  • I shot twelve short films for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust; as part of their Nottingham For Nature campaign.

  • I shot a short documentary on The Able Orchestra - a Nottingham-based orchestral project of young people with disabilities, who use iPads and other forms of technology to make and perform live music with The Hallé Orchestra.

  • I got to do a lot of shoots for Center Parcs. Including one where I was the water-based cameraman - I had an A7S II in an underwater housing, filming in their swimming pool area and lake.

  • I travelled to Spain as part of a 6-man crew filming and editing for Les Mills.

  • I also got to visit Switzerland and see Lake Geneva.

  • I was Director of Photography on four short films.

  • I went on two construction site shoots filming bridges being installed / moved into place. It was actually a lot more interesting than it sounds!

  • I shot a dance film themed around football over the summer months.

  • I was B-cam operator on a studio shoot involving a big car company.

  • I bought myself a car (not from the “big car company”).

  • I shot a handful of short videos for The Yorkshire Regiment.

  • I went on local TV station, Notts TV and spoke about parkour.

  • I did a shoot for BBC Three.

I would like to send a HUGE thank you to all of my clients who have brought me on to shoot some wicked projects in 2018! Also a massive thank you to my friends and family who have supported me and kept me motivated throughout last year.

So here's to 2019 and hopefully, another year of being freelance!