A remote job is something you can do from anywhere. It is the ultimate freedom when it comes to your workplace, allowing you to work from anywhere.
You can be a remote worker for a company, as a freelancer or independent contractor, or become an entrepreneur.
Check out Forbe’s Top 100 companies offering remote positions in 2017!
Each month, we will highlight different remote jobs to give you an idea of what is possible as a remote worker. These jobs will be in a variety of fields – being a digital nomad isn’t just for techies.
This Month’s Remote Job: Producer
Video is the hottest media right now and it isn’t an industry that’s dying anytime soon. It’s been around for a long time and can be applied in so many ways. Producers can work on advertisements, movies, TV Shows, vlogs, youtube channels and so much more.
If you have a creative side, video production may be your ideal remote job.
Featured Remote Worker: Mia Cortez
The Production Business
Producers can work on set, in a studio, or remotely. For the purposes of this profile, we’ll focus on the remote aspects of the job. While it’s difficult to start out as a remote producer — networking is everything in this field — it can certainly grow to be a remote job.
Our profiled producer, Mia, works as a producer helping produce and edit sizzle reels to help sell her clients’ tv shows as well as film trailers and promos for existing broadcast tv shows.
Mia is a producer based in Los Angeles, CA, but she travels often. She always knew she wouldn’t have a conventional job, but she fell into TV production.
She’d always been interested in the arts – her first passion was dance – but media was a career path that she could envision herself doing for the rest of her life. Her first opportunity was a PA on a cable show. After a few more PA gigs, she landed at a post house that was cranking out a lot of content. She worked nonstop for that company for a few years learning as much as she could and beefing up her show credits on her resume before branching out as a freelancer.
With each new project, she negotiated a better title for herself and ultimately, a few years later, she became the Director of Post Production for a well-established production company. For the past two years, she has been the Vice President of Studio in the Sky Productions, an editing house that creates trailers, promos, and sizzles. Some of her clients include Lionsgate, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Magical Elves.
You can read more about her business at www.studiointheskyproductions.com and follow her life as an entrepreneur and curious adventurer on Instagram.
Experience and establishing relationships is key. To newcomers I’d suggest day playing on someone’s project whether it be a tv, film, or digital project. With each new project, you’ll learn more and more while building your resume.This means you’re freelancing for a short term allowing flexibility in your schedule. Although be aware that hours can be very long in this industry (anywhere from 8-14 hours). Once you have established a network, people will call you to work on their projects. You could get in this type of work “immediately,” but it’s up to you to maintain consistent work.
More about the job:
Education in film and tv is always helpful but not always necessary. It is important to build up an established network. While you can work for yourself, it is common to work for production companies while building up your demo reels, resume, and network. Once you’ve established yourself, you’ll rarely need to have face time with a client.
Most communication is via email or phone calls. It is important to have an established trust with your clients as well as a good performance record so they give you full reign and don’t feel the need to come into your “office”.
Producers receive scripts and then send over drafts and edits via email for review until they’ve “lock” and deliver the content.
When working full time with a studio, you are often juggling multiple projects. This will keep you busy! But as long as you have your laptops, hard drives, and decent wifi, you’re good to work anywhere.
Producer rates really vary, and you set your own rate. As for Mia, with her experience maintaining production budgets that producers in broadcast and development departments average about $2k/week OR it can be set on a flat rate per project based on contractual terms that both parties agree to. In the beginning, you may take a lower rate to get the experience, but as you grow, so should your rate because of the value you bring to the project.
Mia’s “Typical Day” as a Remote Worker
My typical day starts off reading emails before breakfast. I know I am that annoying person. If there’s anything urgent, I jump out of bed and address it immediately. I try to spend a few minutes with my corgi because my job can be pretty stressful, so I try to practice starting my day on a positive note.
I’ve scheduled ahead of time when a client needs to see their cut (drafts/edits), so I know exactly what project I’m working on that day. I pick up editing on that project where I left off the night before. This continues for most of the day only being interrupted by answering emails, negotiations about future projects, food breaks, or a workout break. Staying healthy and getting exercise is no longer something I compromise for a job.
An internet link to the edit we’ve worked on goes out to the client at the end of the day (or most usually, the evening). They’ll send us their notes, and we address them until we “lock” the content. I try not to get to bed too late but seems like that’s usually a challenge for me. When I travel, my work days are typically the same but in a different setting – maybe a bit more picturesque than an office 😉
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