I am not a videographer
During the beginning of my career I was often called a videographer. At the time the title didn't bother me and I was just happy to be getting work in a field that I loved. I was thrilled to be making work that people could engage with.
However, as my career has unfolded I have fallen in love with the work by directors like Chase Jarvis, Vincent Laforet, Philip Bloom and Eliot Rausch. I was blown away by the content that they were making and how they were sharing their perspective on the world that we live in. This is just a small list of the people of who have inspired me to grab my camera and capture the world that we live in. But the biggest thing that stood out to me was how they referred to themselves as filmmakers and not as videographers.
Ultimately, this has had a profound impact on me and how I view my craft. Filmmaking has always been a creative outlet for me. It has provided me the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions about different issues and the world that we live in. It has also given me the chance to create different pieces of content that brings a brand's perspective to life.
This viewpoint has given me a certain perspective in how I ultimately refer to myself. I've always viewed myself as a filmmaker and not as a videographer. I have nothing against videographers. I've worked with many talented ones during the course of my career. However, I would rather be referred to as a filmmaker instead.
In my mind a filmmaker has a certain perspective on the work that they are creating. They also have clear intentions of the results that they are trying to achieve. A videographer on the other hand may have goals that they are not clear of.
I know that these are just semantics and may be irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. However, if I've learned anything over the last couple years it's that a person's point of view has a huge influence on shaping one's career and how people view them.
I want people to view me as a filmmaker and not as a videographer. I want people to hire me because of my ability to come up with ideas that come from a new and unexpected place and not my ability to operate a camera or edit a film.