How to Start a Production Company

11 Mar 2020

How to Start a Production Company

By: Rand

Starting a Video Production Company in Los Angeles: A Guide by Rand Courtney

Introduction: Embarking on a Creative Journey

Starting a video production company in Los Angeles is akin to embarking on an adventurous journey. It’s complex like childbirth, intriguing like a Ponzi scheme, and fun—similar to life’s unpredictable nature.

Understanding the Ups and Downs: The Dual Faces of Independence

Pros and Cons of Entrepreneurial Freedom

Being your own boss means you can set your own hours and enjoy leisure activities like Man Bun Mondays at the beach. However, this freedom comes with the need for strict self-discipline to avoid missing crucial commitments, such as forgetting an important meeting because you were enjoying that beach day.

A Decade of Experience: Lessons Learned

Navigating Challenges and Opportunities

Over ten years, starting from humble beginnings on Craigslist, I’ve grown my video production business into a thriving six-figure enterprise. Here are key insights gained along the way:

Beyond Initial Investments: Budgeting for Unexpected Costs

Always anticipate unexpected expenses. You might be surprised by your spending on items like gaffe tape—even in the digital age, the cost can be astonishing.

Capitalizing on Your Niche: Identifying Your Strengths

Know your strengths, whether it’s creating stunning wedding videos, YouTube fail compilations, or conducting engaging interviews. Focusing on your niche helps you stand out in a crowded market.

Core Skills Over Gear: What Really Matters

Success in video production isn’t just about having the latest equipment. Essential business skills such as communication, budget management, and client relations often play a more critical role.

Showcasing Your Business: Refining Your Brand

Once your business goals are clear, focus on building a portfolio that demonstrates your capabilities in a straightforward and impressive manner.

The Hunt for Clients: Lead Generation Strategies

Do not merely rely on your website. Explore various platforms for lead generation, understanding that this may involve costs. Actively seeking out new clients is essential for sustained growth.

Conclusion: Building a Successful Video Production Business

Starting your own video production company requires a blend of skill, perseverance, and strategic planning. With the right approach, success is within your reach. If I can build a rewarding business from scratch, so can you.

Reach Out for More Insights

For further tips on video production or if you have questions, feel free to contact me.