Resume Template: Freelance Videographer

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Nowadays, everyone has a camera.

How hard is it to point and shoot?

Well, not too hard; that is, if you’re not concerned with how the footage comes out.

But, for those more significant events – weddings, bar mitzvahs, sports, concerts, or events used for advertising – a skilled and trained videographer is a must.

Even within the world of film, a videographer’s job is unique.

You are required to have skills regarding technical knowledge and creativity, but often your job also requires you to think on the fly and capture fleeting moments.

Sometimes you only have one shot – literally.

Applying to a job can feel a lot like that and you don’t want to miss your shot when it comes to a job you really want.

That’s why we’re here to help.

Summary

  1. Resume Template
  2. Formatting
  3. Writing Your Resume Summary
  4. Areas of Expertise
  5. Writing Your Work Experience
  6. Writing Your Education Section
  7. Additional Sections
  8. Resume Points to Remember
  9. Resume “Don’ts” to Remember
  10. Some Helpful Tools

Let’s begin with a sample freelance videographer resume to demonstrate how all the resume pieces fit together. Then we will break each section down to really drill into how to write the best freelance videographer resume you possibly can.

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Freelance Videographer Resume (Text Version)

Contact Info:

Mary Muncy
mmuncy@email.com
1 (567) 525-5555
Atlanta, GA
MuncyProduction.com

Summary Statement:

Freelance Videographer: Experienced freelance videographer and business owner skilled in both studio and location shoots. Contributed to 20+ indie films through small boutique independent studios and 4 blockbuster films through top production companies. Cutting edge experience in video and Special FX demonstrated through returning clients and growing sales.

Key Accomplishments/Areas of Expertise

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • DSLR Camera
  • Adobe Audition
  • Lighting and Composition
  • Sound Mixing
  • Creative
  • Energetic
  • Communication
  • Adaptable

Professional Experience:

Muncy Production | Founder/Senior Videographer
Atlanta, GA | June 2019 – Present

  • Grow client list consistently by 10% every month since first month in business
  • Full service video production company for both commercial and film needs
  • Oversee a budget of $10,000 to $200,000 in the video production for client projects
  • Complete the daily operations of owning a small business; bookkeeping, payroll, client cultivation

Puppy Pictures | Freelance Videographer
Atlanta, GA | May 2018 – Present

  • Provide high-quality work and customer service, led to an offer of consistent filming work
  • Write, storyboard and film individual commercials for a locally owned sales retailer
  • Manage time and budget resulting in greater shoot efficiency

Studio Central | Assistant Videographer
Atlanta, GA | May 2017 – May 2018

  • Maintained all equipment in proper working order through detailed examination after film shoots
  • Assisted in pre-production processes including story boarding, research, and casting
  • Planned and created shooting schedules and timelines for editing of video projects for final product
  • Managed time and budget resulting in greater shoot efficiency.

Videography

  • “Rectify” Season 2 (Atlanta)
  • Chris Jones: Camera Operator: ‘A’ Camera / Steadicam Operator
  • Jonathan Bennett: Camera Loader / Digital Film Loader
  • “The Amazing Dr. K” Season 3 (Deerfield Beach)
  • Stephanie Pratt: 1st AD
  • Steve Struts: Lead Videographer
  • Ricky Tave: Camera Operator

Education/Certifications

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN VIDEO PRODUCTION
The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Class of 2017

Formatting

Often when writing a resume, people first ponder what they are going to say.

However, just like you need to know how to use your camera before you can go out and capture the perfect image, when it comes to resume writing, you need to understand structure before you can worry about content.

Formatting is the first thing to consider before starting your videographer resume.

A suitable format should be organized and easy to follow.

To accomplish this, select a format that includes even spacing, a legible font, and bullet points to highlight the main details you want a hiring manager to notice.

Hiring managers only spend about 6 seconds on each resume they review, so making sure you highlight the key points is a must.

Listing out your work history and accomplishments in reverse chronological order is a general rule to follow because, typically, your most recent work is your most impressive.

Formatting might sound straightforward when your main goal is to make things easy to read; however, it is not something to be overlooked.

Just like recorded audio, people only notice it when it’s bad.

Start With Your Resume Summary

Before you jump into the “meat” of your videographer resume, you will want to introduce yourself.

Often including a brief summary (only three to five sentences) detailing some of your most notable qualifications and skills is a great way to start.

You want to select details that specifically pertain to the position you are applying to, so make sure you reference the job posting to see what they are looking for.

Yes!

Experienced freelance videographer and business owner skilled in both studio and location shoots. Contributed to 20+ indie films through small boutique independent studios and 4 blockbuster films through top production companies. Cutting edge experience in video and Special FX demonstrated through returning clients and growing sales.

No!

Skilled videographer and business owner. Contributed to many films including some blockbuster films. Experience in video and Special FX demonstrated through returning clients and growing sales.

The first example describes the candidate’s experience, lending details that qualify and quantify the work they have done; this presents a full picture of their capabilities.

The second example leaves out significant details and descriptors that would help the candidate stand out from the rest.

PRO TIP: When describing yourself or your work history, always include quantifying details whenever they apply. Giving specific numbers and time periods as opposed to using general terms like “many” make those details and your videographer resume more memorable.

Key Accomplishments/ Skills & Qualifications

While paragraphs are great for compactly listing information, bullet points are great for listing out details you want to stand out and creating a read that is easy to follow.

Once you have written a summary, you will also want to include a list of skills and qualifications that show off what a great videographer you are.

Because this list will be at the top of the page and draw a lot of attention, make sure you select skills that are impressive and also relevant to the specific job you are applying to.

Key Accomplishments/Areas of Expertise

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • DSLR Camera
  • Adobe Audition
  • Lighting and Composition
  • Sound Mixing
  • Creative
  • Energetic
  • Communication
  • Adaptable

When deciding what skills to include, you should consider that there are two main types – hard skills and soft skills.

Hard skills are also known as technical skills, and they can be taught, practiced, and quantified.

Soft skills are also known as people skills, and they are more subjective, associated with one’s personality, and are harder to quantify.

In certain fields like videography, listing out your hard skills is essential for showing that you are well versed in using the equipment expected of you; however, soft skills are still necessary to note.

To achieve a well-rounded videographer resume, make sure you include a decent amount of both types of skills.
Always include soft skills that the job posting lists in the description, as well as any that you know are important to being an exceptional videographer.

Don’t leave out any hard skills that you know to be pertinent to what you are applying for.

PRO TIP: When selecting the most important skills to include on your resume, make sure you reference the job posting you are applying to. Often, job posts will list out the hard skills they require as well as some description of their ideal candidate that should tell you the soft skills they seek as well.

(See below for a helpful table of some suggested hard and soft skills to include in your resume.)

Writing Your Work Experience

Now it is time to get into the section that is typically going to make up the bulk of your videographer resume – your work history.

While your work history describes your previous jobs, you will still want to write it in a way that relates to the job you are trying to obtain.

For starters, this means that you should only select jobs that are related to the videography job you want, and you should list these jobs in reverse chronological order.

Listing your previous work in reverse helps so that your most recent job is seen first, and usually, your most recent work is the most relevant and impressive.

Each job you include should have a list of about three to five bullet points that describe the requirements and tasks you handled in the position.

Make sure that you are describing things in a way that shows off your qualifications and skills that are also needed for the job you are applying to.

Yes!

Muncy Production | Atlanta, GA | Founder/Senior Videographer | June 2019 – Present

  • Grow client list consistently by 10% every month since first month in business
  • Full service video production company for both commercial and film needs
  • Oversee a budget of $10,000 to $200,000 in the video production for client projects
  • Complete daily operations, bookkeeping, payroll, employee development, & client cultivation 

No!

Muncy Production | Atlanta, GA | Founder/Senior Videographer | June 2019 – Present

  • Grow client list every month since first month
  • Video production company for both commercial and film
  • Oversee a wide range of budgets in the video production
  • Complete the daily operations of owning a small business

The first example lists out job aspects highlighting specific, quantifiable details with varied descriptors to create a complete picture of what the candidate’s capabilities are.

The second example lists out the job details without specifics or characteristics necessary to highlight the skills involved with the job described.

PRO TIP: Deciding how to describe a previous or current job can feel challenging. Start by listing out just a few main tasks that were required of you in the position and then go back over your list to narrow things down based on relevance and impressiveness. Once you have narrowed things down, you can update each bullet point to have more specific descriptions.

(If you lack work experience, see below for a helpful section.)

More About Bots

As you write your videographer resume, you always want to consider who your audience is.

Ask yourself who is going to be reading this, and what do they want to know?

More and more frequently, the answer to that question isn’t a who, but what.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), or bots, are used to review and sort through resumes before a hiring manager takes a look.

This is important because if a bot doesn’t flag your resume for further review, it will likely never be seen by a pair of human eyes.

It’s not as daunting as it sounds; bots commonly sort through resumes searching for keywords that they have been programmed to associate with “good candidate potential.”

To catch the eye of a bot, you will want to make sure that you are using as many relevant and compelling keywords as possible.

Some resume experts suggest paragraph format to include more words and details.

Standard bullet point format:

Puppy Pictures | Atlanta, GA | Freelance Videographer | May 2018 – Present

  • Provide high-quality work and customer service, led to an offer of consistent filming work
  • Write, storyboard and film individual commercials for a locally owned sales retailer
  • Manage time and budget resulting in greater shoot efficiency

Paragraph format:

Puppy Pictures | Atlanta, GA | Freelance Videographer | May 2018 – Present

Provide high-quality work and customer service, which has led to an offer of consistent filming work now and in the future. Write, storyboard and film individual commercials for a locally owned sales retailer. Manage time and budget resulting in greater shoot efficiency

A third option is to write out your job description in a paragraph and then include a few bullet points below.

Puppy Pictures | Atlanta, GA | Freelance Videographer | May 2018 – Present

Provide high-quality work and customer service, which has led to an offer of consistent filming work now and in the future. Write, storyboard and film individual commercials for a locally owned sales retailer. Manage time and budget resulting in greater shoot efficiency

  • Studio Lighting
  • Script Writing

Writing your work history in bullet points is more eye-catching and easier to read for the human eye, and that is why at Big Interview, we recommend you stick with bullet points over paragraph format.

If you make sure you include powerful keywords and skills when describing each job, a bot should notice your videographer resume.

Writing Your Education Section

Now that the work history section is out of the way, you will want to include a section detailing your education.

This section should include a list of your degrees laid out in order of impressiveness (e.g., bachelor’s, associates, etc.)

Make sure to include the basics: the year you graduated, the name of the school, and the full title of your degree.

Example:

Bachelor of Arts in Video Production
The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Class of 2017

If you have any notable certifications or workshops that relate to videography or the skills required in the job you are applying, you can list those in this section as well.

Example:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC: Adobe Systems Incorporated (2018)
  • Certified Legal Video Specialist
  • Venture: A Wedding Filmmaking Workshop

Possible Sections to Include

In addition to your work history and your education, you might have other details pertaining to your career that are better suited for a different section.
In this situation, it is appropriate to include an additional section or two.

Some additional sections to consider including are:

  • Awards and honors
  • Publications
  • Noteworthy Projects
  • Social Media Influence
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Volunteer Work

What if You Have no Experience?

If you are a recent graduate or you have just changed career paths, you might not have much or any work experience to include in your resume.

This situation is not uncommon and can feel quite daunting when trying to decide how to fill out your resume with relevant information.

Luckily, there are a few simple tactics to implement and still have a great resume.

The first thing to do is to move your education section below your summary; this is helpful when your education is more relevant to the job than your work history.

Once you have done this, you can add more detail to your education section wherever possible.

If you had an impressive GPA, earned any honors or awards, or took part in any specific courses or clubs that are relevant to videography, you should include those details.

Once you have moved your education section up and added more detail, you will want to try and add in some additional sections.

If you have any internships, workshops, or volunteer work to speak of, adding those details to your resume can make a huge difference.

Remember, everyone has to start somewhere, and though it isn’t always easy, if you remain confident and lay out your resume properly, you can still land an interview.

Resume Points to Remember

Check your work

Always review and revise your resume. Go through it more than once and get a second set of eyes on it whenever possible. If you can’t get someone else to take a look, try reading it aloud to yourself so that you can hear how it flows.

Start with the basics

It might sound silly to say, but when writing a resume, it is easy to get caught up and forget some of the most simple details. Always make sure you include your name, contact information, and any links to sites or reels for people to look at.

Check the posting

When describing yourself and your qualifications, it is crucial that you use keywords that the hiring manager is looking for. In order to do this, referencing the job post and including qualifications and descriptors directly in your own resume will show them that you match what they are looking for in an ideal candidate.

Try to Avoid

Avoid extra paperwork

While it is great to be detailed and give complete information when writing your videographer resume, make sure you are keeping it all on one page. If your resume goes on for two pages or more, no hiring manager is going to have the time or desire to read through all of it. Being detailed yet to the point is the art of writing a good resume.

Don’t be redundant

When describing yourself and your previous experience, it is important to use strong and varied language. Try not to reuse words, or your videographer resume can come off redundant and one dimensional.

Don’t come off flashy

While it is important to stand out when applying to a job, you want to do that with your skills or experience and not with silly formatting tactics. Avoid using fonts that seem fun but are going to be a distraction, and lay things out in a way that is coherent and easy to follow.

(See below for a helpful table of some suggested power words.)

Helpful Tools:

Power Words

  • Administered
  • Founded
  • Adept
  • Formulated
  • Built
  • Implemented
  • Created
  • Improved
  • Consolidated
  • Initiated
  • Coordinated
  • Launched
  • Developed
  • Pioneered
  • Designed
  • Organized

Skills List

Hard Skills Soft Skills
Adobe Creative Suite Adaptive
DSLR Camera Recording Energetic
Lighting and Composition Collaborative
Final Cut Pro X Creativity
Sound Mixing Detail Oriented