Is there a market in IM for what I do?

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I'm a motion graphic artist at a public television station and I'm first started looking at IM as an extra source of income but looking through a lot of sites, I see a lot of videos. Is there a market for the type of work that I do? I usually do commercials for local companies and for other tv shows in my area. Is it worth investing in the set up to start something in the IM market? I suppose I should do my due diligence and do some research eh?
Here is my latest demo reel.


Thanks for any feedback.

Sherman
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  • Profile picture of the author billspaced
    Originally Posted by swilliams09 View Post

    I'm a motion graphic artist at a public television station and I'm first started looking at IM as an extra source of income but looking through a lot of sites, I see a lot of videos. Is there a market for the type of work that I do? I usually do commercials for local companies and for other tv shows in my area. Is it worth investing in the set up to start something in the IM market? I suppose I should do my due diligence and do some research eh?
    Here is my latest demo reel.

    YouTube- Broadcast Yourself.

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Sherman
    You do beautiful work! Anybody with that quality of work should be able to find somebody in the IM field ready, willing, and able to partake!

    I'd suggest researching the "Who's Who" of IM...not going to name names here - they're easy enough to find.

    Your talent could take a high-profile IMer to the next level. IMHO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Williams
    You have the skills to make high-quality custom videos for some of the higher tier marketers for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. It probably wouldn't take very long to find work either.

    By the way, you have a very nice demo reel
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    • Profile picture of the author JoeCool
      Hi Sherman,

      Take a look at this WSO from fellow warrior Joshril.

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      With your skills combined with his methods, and marketing, you will most likely blow away your day job salary fairly quickly.

      Joshril over delivers on his material and knowledge, and for $27 with a one year guarantee, this really is a no brainer.

      Keep me posted if you do follow this path. I would love to outsource some video projects to you in the future!


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  • Profile picture of the author LMC
    Sherman,

    What's your hourly rate!

    Nice Demo reel!

    I never could find a really good video guy, everyone seems to be a bit basic. I like your stuff though, make a few videos on the cheaper side to introduce yourself, and get feedback and your on your way.
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    • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
      Originally Posted by LMC View Post

      Sherman,

      What's your hourly rate!

      Nice Demo reel!

      I never could find a really good video guy, everyone seems to be a bit basic. I like your stuff though, make a few videos on the cheaper side to introduce yourself, and get feedback and your on your way.

      I havent' quite sorted out a rate yet. But looking at some responses i think it might be a little to much for the IM crowd. My last freelance project that cost $500 for a local business. They ran it on MSNBC and on google ads. The price included the voice over, storyboards, animation and sound FXs.

      (Sorry deleted the link, I did this via a second party, and I'm not allowed to post the link, I have to get permission)

      I'll do some research on creating something cheap and affordable and still profitable. That might work for the IM crowd. My goal is to find something on the side to make a few extra hundred a month, local jobs are few and far between.

      I like the idea from tomsmart80 about making some 2 min ad videos for youtube. I'll look into that as well. Thanks guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author erichmiller
    Awesome work Sherman (I assume you're the Sherman mention in the video? )

    You can have people knocking down your door for video intros and trailers! That's some great stuff.

    May I ask what software you use?
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    • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
      Originally Posted by erichmiller View Post

      Awesome work Sherman (I assume you're the Sherman mention in the video? )

      You can have people knocking down your door for video intros and trailers! That's some great stuff.

      May I ask what software you use?

      Yah. That's me. Thanks. I use adobe after effects, photoshop, illustrator and lightwave 3D.
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      • Profile picture of the author graphicsgenie
        Originally Posted by swilliams09 View Post

        Yah. That's me. Thanks. I use adobe after effects, photoshop, illustrator and lightwave 3D.
        Be careful what work you take on. You'll be asked by 100's of people for video work at really poor rates, don't take them. There are plenty of people who are ready and willing to pay the rates you deserve, I know, we do high quality videos too.

        Please feel free to PM me for any advice, or if your willing we can collaborate on a product, might be good to brainstorm.

        Heres one of our recent videos, using exactly the same tools you mention


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  • Profile picture of the author tomsmart80
    for im we will use the cheapest period and with the plethora of free video creation tools on the web this is not your target market
    heck i can upload a word document and have it turned into a presentable video in minutes for free
    where you could go is local business
    thats your market
    2min ads on youtube for them
    hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Great looking work Sherman!

    This is the Dollar Store crowd, so I'm not sure that there's a mass market here, but I think you will be able to find some jobs. There are some folks who do make money and outsourcing is the name of the game.
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  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    Apparently I don't have a high enough post count to answer PMs. Is there any way around this? Please email me. Thanks. SRW_98@yahoo.com (is it okay to post my email? If not I will delete it)
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Gannon
    Like others said, find the big fish and e-mail them your demo's, leave a message that if they need any good video work done to contact you, you might land a few good jobs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coleen.Young
    Ooohhh. Nice videos Sherman!

    For some passive income, you can create Adobe After Effects motion graphics that can be used as templates for us, less skilled video creators. Thereafter, you can sell them on websites like Flash Components - ActiveDen. The quality of your work will destroy the templates currently being sold on that site. Heck, I've bought templates that are remotely as beautiful as what you have created.

    I'd say "good luck" but you've got mad skills and you just need the right opportunity in the online field.
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  • Profile picture of the author uncle randy 71
    You may want to consider posting your services at some of the market sites like Freelance.com, guru.com, odesk.com. I am sure you could find some clients from there as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Matthews
    OMG, are you serious? With your knowledge of graphic arts you could create great copy and market yourself in ways that others, without that talent, can't hope to. Your skill set is very unique, however people are primarily visual learners and so can relate to the stimulation of video. Because of this, you will be able to create copy and a marketable product that has a creative uniqueness that will separate you from others. You just need to bear in mind that your experience does not guarantee success, you need to have a good product to market and be able to spin it well. However I wouldn't be too worried, especially w/ your experience in working on commercials. If you take that experience and focus it towards what you want to promote, with the professionalism and creativity of commercial production, you'll have a product that very few will be able to replicate (without outright stealing your copy).
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  • Profile picture of the author patselby
    Choose a product or subject that you are really passionate about, take a few courses on IM and you will do extremely well with the skills you already have. Your work is amazing. If you want to do something with me, I am game.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    I recommend putting some kind of watermark through out your youtube video because freelancers will claim that as theirs and once a possible client looks at your portfolio and see's the same video everyone else is using they are going to be like "well, another scammer or person with no skill."

    Your work is very impressive. Not something I say too often with my kind of ego, but seriously you've inspired me to make my videos of higher quality when it comes to graphics.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    You have great skills! Run a WSO, I'm sure you will have some gurus knocking at your door.
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  • Great stuff. You should have no problem finding work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ross Bowring
      Sherman,

      IMHO you should put the "art has something to say" clip upfront. Not at the end. It's great.

      Of course there's a market for your work. Video marketing is only getting bigger.
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    Sherman pm me your phone number. I'd like to get on the phone with you after the holiday.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Taylor
    Forget about doing freelance work...you should do training!

    I would pay to have you teach me how to do writing, storyboards, after effects, compositing, timing, scoring, and all the rest!
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    • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
      Originally Posted by Michael Taylor View Post

      Forget about doing freelance work...you should do training!

      I would pay to have you teach me how to do writing, storyboards, after effects, compositing, timing, scoring, and all the rest!
      I'd pay as well, without a doubt.
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  • Originally Posted by swilliams09 View Post

    I'm a motion graphic artist at a public television station and I'm first started looking at IM as an extra source of income but looking through a lot of sites, I see a lot of videos. Is there a market for the type of work that I do? I usually do commercials for local companies and for other tv shows in my area. Is it worth investing in the set up to start something in the IM market? I suppose I should do my due diligence and do some research eh?
    Here is my latest demo reel.

    YouTube- Broadcast Yourself.

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Sherman

    Sherman,

    Very cool ... your talent is a valuable asset in IM ... for starters you can set up a WSO here for 30-sec infomercials ... seeing your work you should not have a problem with getting customers ...

    All the best.

    Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
    You might search for independent film organizations/producers/forums/graphic artists etc. for leads and ways to get your name out there.

    Topic search on Twitter,sign up at Meetup.com and find meetings in your area for freelance people like yourself to network with.

    You need to sniff out the work and get some exposure and Meetup alone could be your Golden Ticket.
    Heck, how about teaching a class on what your doing? 101 on up.Training videos WSO!, online webinar,sell on Kunaki...I've Vegas and After Effects but, find them overwhelming. I should take a training class too

    GL

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Peters Benn
    Hi Sherman - fantastic body of work.

    I imagine that you could find quite a bit of work with some of the higher end marketers. I'd also recommend using what you learn on here to market and promote yourself. Finally, someone mentioned AE templates. I think thats a good idea as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author dlmerriam
    WOW!!! And you had to ask if there's a market for what you're doing on line? I was expecting good from the other comments. Good doesn't come close. You're out of my price range, but pick any of the big IM names out there and send them your demo.

    If you can package your transition action scripts for sale, that'll make you quite a few dollars as well, I'm sure.

    Absolutely!! Go for it!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    I don't know about you swilliams09, but I'm pretty sure that there are a horde of warriors (including me) waiting to buy a video WSO from you.

    So the question is: Are you ready to MAKE MONEY?
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  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I've decided to build a WSO and to get a couple of websites up and running.

    Joseph, I am so ready to make money! And I'm ready to do good work. I just joined the war room, I'm serious about taking my future in my own hands. Thanks everyone!
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
      Originally Posted by swilliams09 View Post

      Thanks for all the feedback guys. I've decided to build a WSO and to get a couple of websites up and running.

      Joseph, I am so ready to make money! And I'm ready to do good work. I just joined the war room, I'm serious about taking my future in my own hands. Thanks everyone!
      We are all waiting. Be prepared to get busy...

      After you've posted your WSO, let us know in this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author pwnzor
    Your work looks good! You should be able to find work. Put yourself in the warrior classified section.. I'm sure you will get offers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gclunis
    Wow, I absolutely love your work. I can definitely think of a few ways that your stuff can be incorporated into an IM business, or in any business for that matter. However I'm not sure if it has been suggested because I don't have the time right now to read through (my apologies) but you could open a membership website teaching people how to do that? Or sell your services, or start your own business basically accepting orders from people for what they want and filling those orders. All three of those ideas would incorporate your unique skill and I am sure you could make a killing since video marketing becoming so popular.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
    I join the applause line. That is some very cool, stylish, slick artwork there, Sherman!

    A few things come to mind.

    As a customer, who doesn't get anything for the referral, I recommend you check out Andrew Cavanagh's gold package (offlinebiz.com). He has some material about video marketing online for local businesses. If you could export Web graphics as well, or collaborate with print and Web designers, that could be a high-end graphics package. You could sell it yourself, or provide an outsourced service for other marketers who get the clients and split the income with you.

    Do you also edit? Could marketers with a pile of footage send it to you and get back a well produced segment with music and narration?

    Do you have any interest in shooting or directing on location?

    Could you export your level of graphics to Powerpoint for presenters at corporate events?

    It seems there is an endless demand for Photoshop tutorials. Could you make how-to videos where you explain your techniques?

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    • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
      I got my WSO up and running. It wasn't without some learning on my part as I'm pretty new to all of this. You can read about it in my blog. Thanks for all of the support guys. I already have some ideas for my next design package, if you guys have any request for my next template send me a private message. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Strange
    Wooh Awesome! Ive got the exact same robot, he also does a good back rub to lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus Paul
    Sherman,

    You have great stuff. I am an offline marketer, and right now video is very hot among my clients. One of my referral sources is a web development firm that does video production. Their quality is not bad, but they get $2,500 for 2 min videos. My video skills are not that great, so when I need a good product video or customer testimonial video done I outsource it to them. Their price makes some of my smaller clients shy away, even thought they would love to do it. If you think you can do things at a better price point there are many offliners in this forum that could use your talents, including me.
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    • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
      Originally Posted by Marcus Paul View Post

      Sherman,

      You have great stuff. I am an offline marketer, and right now video is very hot among my clients. One of my referral sources is a web development firm that does video production. Their quality is not bad, but they get $2,500 for 2 min videos. My video skills are not that great, so when I need a good product video or customer testimonial video done I outsource it to them. Their price makes some of my smaller clients shy away, even thought they would love to do it. If you think you can do things at a better price point there are many offliners in this forum that could use your talents, including me.

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    • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
      Sherman,

      Nice demo real, but be careful. That sounds like copyrighted music you're using.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charann Miller
    Your work definitely kicks things up a notch video quality wise. There is a market for what you do and judging by some of the comments here, it confirms it.

    Why don't you place your demo reel on youtube? You'll be surprised at how many artists get work and exposure from youtube. Just saw your website, your rates are really reasonable and there's no reason why you won't do well.

    I've bookmarked your site for some future project's I'm working on.

    Good luck.
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