Producing a series about living is ironically hard to do when you’re so busy out and about living.
I remember Winter vividly as it feels about twenty minutes ago. It was fun, long and I chose to start the move into a van. In this episode there’s a couple of months crammed into one episodea s a lot of my time was ties up with a van build. Heeeeere you go
As for what’s coming well I can assure you the weather and action turned on from November which is where I’m up to.
The road to self employment is a piece of cake and everyone should do it.
Now that I have your attention I will come clean, That first line isn’t true. For most anyway.
Self employment for me is about a dream. Not just a boring business that I copy and paste a how to from others. It’s about creating what I view is my dream life and living each day as I want to. This isn’t at all easy.
Last week we shot to the Far North to help my parents with their little slice of rocky roaded self eployment. You can find Saturday here
They have had easily enough of their own problems incl that big shed burning down but boy, what an amazing process for the produce.
Sunday morning we were up and looking to score a feed (thumbnail hints as to how it went)
Back to self employment. As far as my dream goes, in my mind I want to go skim, surf, spear, run my brand and shoot content all day.
The complications arise when you actually have to make a few bucks from these things because life is expensive. One thing I’ve always had from the start is product to sell and I’m always looking to expand this. Selling is hard but when it’s your own product but boy, it’s satisfying. Anytime someone wants to fork out their hard earned cash on something I made makes the pursuit of the dream worth it!
Producing content is much harder than selling product as it requires far more of my time invested, for much less income. If I wasn’t so passionate about it, I wouldn’t be doing it. For some reason I love it!
Oh and on a sales orientated pitch you can sign up to my mailing list here.
About 95% of what I do I find quite fulfilling. My work is certainly that, my hobbies (which I’m trying to make into work) are fulfilling and the people I spend time with add to all this.
I don’t buy into the fact that we all need to go to uni and have boring careers all our lives. The race to “get ahead” when no one knows what they’re getting ahead of.
As a country our mental health statistics are shocking and you only have to look around to see how our physical health is looking. Divorce is what… 50% or so?
Basically what I’m getting at is fulfillment is what makes me tick. Am I a great example? Probably not. Do I reaaaaally enjoy what I do and want to do it more? Yes! Below is an example
I will target a group here for an example but if you’re into your 30’s and doing nothing but working, eating pies and drinking every weekend away…. You. Need. To. Go. Find. Fulfillment.
Put a list together of all those things you’ve always wanted to do. You need to get your own physical and mental wellbeing into a good place where you want to get up. Your social circle needs to add to this. Your partner, if you have one, needs to encourage this. YOU need to.
If you don’t you’ll be let wondering what could’ve been and no one wants that.
Anyway, I’m off to the Far North in a few hours and if you’re looking to sign up to a mailing list then sign up to mine here.
Sunday the 29th of October was my first night out in the wild. By out in the wild I mean not living in a conventional house.
The van build has gone pretty well for a first attempt and it’s turning into one of those “shoulda done it years ago things”. As far as what I’ve learnt so far is that there’s no real drawbacks. There’s some mild inconveniences, but nothing I would consider a drawback. I’m writing this parked up by the Omaha Boat Ramp in fact.
Last Saturday was a great day. I got back out in the water after a injury and moving stint! No solid fish but was a cracker of a day!
Sunday we awoke by the water and set about competing with each other
So far the van is warm, dry and has been more rewarding than I thought it would be. I’m going to be uploading some New Zealand specific videos on the campervan/ tiny home/ mobile living scene regarding showering, biodegradable soaps and chemicals, general living and a full van build (when it’s actually finished).
Hands up if you like the water? To say I do is an understatement.
I am now offering services based around the Boating and any marine based sports and industries. This ranges from boat shoots, fishing, surfing, scenic, sales, social media, video, photo, documentary, diving aaand you get the point. The options are basically endless. More details are in the video below
Own a business and need to show it off to the world? Then I have plenty of options to suit. Want to capture the true feeling of a Game Fishing trip? I can be there shooting it all. Have you been on trips with your mates and are looking to capture it? I know how to do it! Water sport event won’t film itself? I can do it!
Capturing the adventure in still form is a favourite of mine, from under the water to multi layer aerial panoramas suited for canvas or framed prints. Here’s a few favourites.
One of the caves at Goat Isand
Underneath the action
Motorsport applications? No worries.
Exploration to some of New Zealands remotest coastline. We are actually in this shot.
A classic pano of home. The original copy is over 10000 pixels wide!
New Zealand love their boats. All applications are suited.
I quite literally have thousands of photos that I could add but if you’re curious for more then I suggest keeping up on Facebook or Instagram.
You can of course view my video work here on YouTube.
Creative ideas, plans and pricing are all available by emailing me email@example.com or call me 0211297511.
There are so many types of content floating around out there that I don’t even really know where to be begin.
In my first phase years ago of making stuff to put online it was all skimboard orientated because that’s what I knew. Fast forward a few years to where I am now. I tend to split between vlogs/day in the life stuff, informative and more nicely edited visual treats. Or however you want to explain it all.
Here’s some interesting stats of my own that I’ve learnt from my own content.
-Vlogs have a much higher initial engagement due to the personal aspect of them. You can see in this weeks one below
– Informative videos seem to work well once they’ve been in the system for a long time.
– Finely edited videos with very little personality expressed, don’t do as well as they did 5 or so years ago but…. If you create a video targeted at something specific then they can and do get on a little roll.
– The average spearfishing video possesses zero creativity. There’s no personality or context to what is going on.
– The average drone video possesses zero creativity. There’s so many people putting content out now that it has become overused and dull.
– Surfing related content creates a heeeeeap of interest but also the most negativity.
– Podcasts are rad and are booming. Is this the rise of real news from real people?
-Adventure based content from little businesses and/or groups is on a massive boom right now. Soon to be horribly saturated.
-Fishing content is so popular to the point that I don’t really think you can make anything original!?
-There’s a lot of negativity online but the channels I have created seem to get much lower than my average share, which is great!
That’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve noticed from my own experiences. As the online content market rises so do the opportunities for people, young people in particular.
It’s taken me a long time to work out my direction with my business.
From starting making skimboards in 08, which sold quite well. Expanding a bit into screen printing and finally making some effort to expand my future in the content creation world.
You see when you have so many things on the go it’s hard to get anywhere. I like too many things so when one thing is going well I want the others to which I feel tends to take away from the momentum of thing that was working. Put simply 10 10’s don’t make 100. Basically what this means as of late is that I’ve had to make a few decisions as to my future and I feel the photography and videography is where I’m heading.
The areas I’m focusing on are the boating and marine industry, golf and lastly, shooting all the stuff I enjoy shooting. The dream of making an outdoors based show is being put at the end of the list of priorities.
I’ve been on a few projects lately which have fitted the bill nicely. That has of course been a couple of videos for a local business supporting Emirates Team New Zealand. Below is a vlog or behind the scenes from one of the videos