This industry is infamous for having a low average wage, particularly if you’re a self-employed photographer or videographer. However, there are plenty of people earning a good wage, and here are 10 ways you can too, with examples of videographers who are already doing it.
I have written about my early experiences in this industry a few times, but it bears repeating. When I first leapt into full-time photography, I had no contacts, no money, and no specific direction for how I would proceed in the industry. It may seem as if I were ill-prepared, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but in truth, it was the result of getting a few job offers straight out of university for careers I knew I’d hate. I had to do something immediately, and so I chose my passion and dove in.
Back then, every few hundred dollars I could claw into my pocket was a hard-fought win and I was stressed permanently. I could scarcely imagine how anyone could make $100,000 with their camera let alone more than that, even though I knew people who were. When I saw this video by Parker Walbeck, I suspected I wouldn’t want to share it as a lot of similar content is ironically contentless, but this one isn’t. Walbeck goes through 10 different niches in which videographers can make good money, and then gives examples of videographers who have succeeded in that area and how.
It is, of course, worth noting that earning $100k per year or more takes a lot of work and know-how, but that it is achievable.