Once upon a time, (not too long ago..) I was a hustlin’, hard working, sleep-when-I’m-dead, gotta-protect-the-public watchdog. I wore red, structured dresses and sensible nude heels. I teased my hair and baked my face every day. I also worked 50-60 (sometimes more) hour weeks. And I loved it. As a reporter, I felt empowered. I felt like a total #girlboss. But I also felt TIRED. I felt lonely. I would interview people, so I’d constantly be interacting with others, but it always felt like once the interview was over, so was the relationship. I craved more. I loved getting to know people and telling their stories. I loved being creative with video and viewed my job as a public service. I’ve always loved serving others.
I learned so much from working in news, and I’m incredibly thankful I had that experience. It taught me a lot about myself and gave me a few skills that I still use to this day. In fact, I thought it might be a good idea to explain to you why I feel my time in news helps make me a better videographer. So here you go:
2. One Man Band.
I was a one man band back in the day, which means I had the opportunity (well, I actually didn’t have a choice, haha) to do it ALL. This meant I shot all of my own video footage, conducted my own research and interviews, wrote my own articles for our website, and delivered the stories live on air. All on the same day. In heels. So when I say a 10 hour wedding day is no big deal for me..I mean it!
3. Working with the best photographers in the business.
I had the opportunity to train under and work with some great photographers and videographers. I soaked in every tip and technique they could share. As a creative, you are constantly learning, and I am still using what I learned from those great photogs, as well as watching and training with others to grow my photography skills.
4. Reporters aren’t always welcome…
So, sometimes you have to report on hard things. This means you may not always be welcome. People may not always want to be nice to you. But it’s your job to keep your professional composure, and these situations taught me how to make the best of any situation. This means I learned how to talk to my clients with care, other vendors with understanding, & even the occasional guest that needs correcting with poise and tact. I truly believe my experience has helped me grow my business in a productive, professional way.
5. Thick Skin
As a creative, I’m constantly evaluating myself, & nine times out of ten, I’m going to judge my work harder than any client would. I learned this trait from working in news. Being a reporter, you have to have a thick skin, because people have no problem telling you how they think you look, how they feel about your performance, and what they think you can do better. I have always welcomed feedback, as I feel it helps me grow as a creative & business owner. Luckily, all of the feedback I’ve received has been positive (Have I told you how awesome my clients are??) but in the instance that business feedback becomes rocky, I’ll be OK because I’m used to it!
Megan Pettus, with MPV, loves sharing all of the pretty things with you.