I would like to introduce you all to a great videographer, Mike Hargrove. We meet some years back working at MET Life and have stayed in contact ever since. Mike is very passionate about his craft and will be writing post here on a regualr basis. Mike
1.Tells us some background information,your education,what you do, how long you’ve been doing it.
I’ve been doing freelance videography for about eight years now. As far as education goes I graduated from Specs Howard and am currently attending the International Acadamy of Design and Technology.
2.What made you become an videographer?
I was featured in this music video and when I saw the finished product I thought it was pretty good for what we had to work with. Then when my friend told me how much he paid for it, I saw nothing but dollar signs and said to myself, Im about to start making music videos. It started out about the money, but I ended up falling in love with it.
3.In the beginning how did you market yourself?
I didn’t. Up to this point I have always been working with another companies and it has always been word of mouth. And now, sad to say, all those compaines are no longer in bussiness because of that. With that lesson learned and I’m pretty much in charge now, things like social networking, websites, and any other free outlet, and there are plently of them, are top priority.
4.What tools do you use, software and hardware?
Adobe creative suite(purchased not bootleged) Dell Presicions and Macbooks for on the go.
5.How do you manage the business side?
Not quite sure how to answer that one seeing how were in that whole starting over beginning stage.
6.where and how do you get inspiration to create?
Anything that chaches my eye. Im a collector of eye catching stuff. It can be anything from a poster to a t-shirt. If it catches my eye I gotta get it(if I can afford it) and figure out why it cought my attention.
7.what is some advice you can give to people just starting out as a videography?
What I want to say most off all is that a $5,000 Mac and a $10,000 HD cam does not automaticly qualify you as a professional videographer. I see a lot of people tring to use that as a selling point but when asked for a demo reel they dont really have one because the truth is they don’t really have anything worth showing. There is no substitute for hard work. Read the manual, practice your craft, and make the most of what you have.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Mike. I know they will look forward to seeing your articles on Videography.