In today’s world, one of the most valuable assets a business or entrepreneur can attain is an engaged audience. Whether the audience comes in the form of subscribers, followers, or individuals in a digital group, an audience can be the difference between a 6 figure business, and 7 figure business, on top of being a powerful community of like-minded individuals. Meet Ryan Snaadt, Founder of Snaadt Media Group and Facebook’s largest freelance videography Group (89.0k members). Ryan is a powerhouse entrepreneur within the media industry, and in this article we break down how his Facebook Community of Freelance videographers is helping thousands reach breakthroughs in their own freelance videography career.
From the moment you decide to join the Freelance Videography group, you will be asked a series of questions on how you plan to contribute to the group, immediately weeding anyone that doesn’t plan to add value out. Upon being accepted by one of the many moderators in the group you will be greeted with an intro video from the man himself, Ryan Snaadt, if you’re new to videography and don’t know where to start then this is it. The purpose of this group is to connect you with other freelance videographers and give you the tools, encouragement, and confidence to become a better business owner.
As you begin to start taking your freelance videography career seriously, you start to look inwards towards the group as an invaluable resource that comes with a 3 step guided array of videos to begin fast-tracking your career.
Guide 1: Understanding Pricing and Sales
This mini-module is set up to give you a brief overview of understanding pricing and sales for your services. So many new videographers get into the business and look towards the competition for pricing analysis and they proceed to model that price without really understanding the specific breakdowns of that individual’s business. Ryan Snaadt is all too familiar with this conundrum, hence making this the first mini-module in the group.
Guide 2: Production
There’s a very big difference between basic filming and true production filming, in fact as you begin your career you will notice that recording the videos is only one part of the equation, but having a great system around your production is the second and arguably more important. This mini-guide focuses on giving you the fundamentals of your production and giving you enough knowledge to hit the ground running.
Guide 3: Business
Now that you’re a decent videographer, the next step to master within this industry is running your own media business. In this mini-module, you can expect to learn the bare foundations of setting that up for yourself, although the business aspect modules in Ryan’s course are inherently more valuable, this micro module is a great basis over not having anything at all.
Truthfully, if you’re seriously committed to your freelance videography business, Solo Video Pro is the course for you. What you get from this facebook group is only a snippet of the hundreds of lessons and value within the course.
PS … Courses are a tax write-off.
Leveraging The Community
Boom! You’ve finished all 3 mini-modules in the freelance videography group, you are now 10x more equipped than before you entered to have a chance at being successful in this industry. Now it’s time to get to work!
So let’s say you book your first client within a week, well congratulations hotshot, you’re on your way to crushing it! You’re filming a small wedding in the countryside, great! You show up at the Jobsite, and you get started. Wait a minute, you’ve never shot outside at sunset, everything you shot was terrible, poor lighting, everything! You’re screwed! The client doesn’t want to pay any more, now wouldn’t that be a shitty situation?
Well, it would if you didn’t have access to the massive community of members doing the exact same thing that you’re doing with years of experience in this field. Thankfully you got into the group, and you leveraged the community. Before your first gig, you went over everything you needed to do, and every setting or shooting scenario that could possibly arise. You spent a few hours asking questions in the group and got a series of possible solutions for most scenarios you were nervous about. You did it right, you went into the gig well prepared, clients loved it! You just crushed your first gig and came out the other end a better videographer. Now you have a case study, now you have leverage.
Take Your Skills to the Moon
Inside the Freelance Videography Group, I can’t emphasize enough just how powerful that community is, you have access to many experts, including Ryan himself, at your fingertips. If you ever feel lost or overwhelmed, there are thousands of active like minded individuals within the group to help you navigate this new and exciting area of your life.
In the few weeks I have been a part of the group, I have seen an average of 7-9 jobs posted almost every single day, and if one is close enough to you, even better. This group will really take all the anxiety out of any situation you encounter as a videographer and can aid in really dialing in your skills as a brand new freelance videographer.