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Jumpstart Sessions for your Videography Business

Author: Michael Gebben

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Jumpstart Sessions is designed to give Filmmakers & Videographers a much needed resource in the areas of business & mindset, it could be work load, rates you're charging, work/life balance, what you love and hate most, etc…. There is plenty of tech info out there but not enough helping to create Clarity, Confidence, & Connection
which in turn will give you more TIME, MONEY, FUN, & FREEDOM!

My name is Michael Gebben or as most call me GEBBS :) I've been in videography for a long time, I started my Video Production Company at the age of 19 with no college and have traveled the world shooting weddings, events and working with some of the biggest names in the world such as Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, Tony Robbins and more.

Today, I pour my focus and energy into mentoring and coaching Filmmakers & Videographers in the areas of business & mindset so they can have a business & life they've always dreamed of.

There are "Solo Sessions", "One on One Coaching Sessions", & "Guest Sessions (Expert Interrogations)".
166 Episodes
Reina recently moved to the US from Japan and wants to step into the videography world. She doesn't have much experience outside of photography and she doesn't have any connections in the industry or her area. We talk about how to leverage her previous work and photography skills into making new connections while exploring videography. In this episode, we will discuss:   Making connections in a new area  Reaching out to offer videos to network and practice  Staying top of mind & following up
Berryl was on the track for a career he wasn't interested in and started questioning what made him happy. He stumbled into videography through offering his service to help others and because of his growth mindset has been seeing success.
In this special BIRTHDAY live solo episode, I want to talk to you about one of the most important things I have learned so far in life - which is to TRUST myself and my INTUITION. Depending on your personality type, it can be easy or difficult to trust others, but it is once we learn to listen to ourselves that the most powerful shift in clarity can happen.
Kelly has a degree in broadcasting and has been filming wedding videos for about three years. This last year, she has focused more on her wedding video production as a serious business. She has heard she needs to diversify her revenue streams as a videographer to create more income. We talk through her processes and dissect what her own needs are for running a successful wedding business.
In this solo episode of Jumpstart Sessions, we dig into the fear behind not quitting secure day jobs. The catalyst to change and following your passion can be confidence. In this episode, we will also discuss: Why you aren't quitting your job or succeeding in business Advice from someone who spends $4,000 a day in Facebook ads What causes us to change
Tracen recently discovered videography, and is currently balancing a full time job, school, video projects and being a husband and father. He's in the experimentation stage where he can decide what direction he wants to focus on in video - but will he need to cut something else from his workload? In this episode, we will discuss: Getting work as you build a portfolio Good free work VS bad free work SHOW NOTES 1:22 Tracen introduces himself and his experience in the video production world 7:30 Do you REALLY want to do weddings & the experimentation stage 11:09 A/B split testing results of video with no words (music only) vs one with testimonials  15:12 Helping clients see the value in video 22:00 Value ladder 23:35 Utilizing events to get footage of potential clients 29:30 Giveaway on social media concept 40:05 Same day edits 45:30 Advice for someone who wants to edit but doesn't have a portfolio for editing 48:09 Free to Fee 49:07 Market saturation 50:17 Good vs Bad free work  Website advice  
Today's Jumpstart Session are questions asked by YOU! Head over to if you want to ask a question to be answered on a future episode. Today we will chat about tech, viral videos, Facebook content and pricing etiquette with clients. SHOW NOTES :00 Jumpstarting and how it's different 4:12 What gimbal or glidecam should I use? 9:41 Losing a $3,000 client over a 25 dollar charge 13:35 Overdeliver: you want people to remember you created a great experience 16:26 Viral videos 21:14 Facebook hosted video for content sharing
Ben wants to make an impact in the world, and sees video production as a stepping stone to that dream. Right now his experience is specific to one industry, and he's unclear on his next moves. I dig around with Ben to get clear on what his underlying passion is, and remind him to rely on his current network and expertise. In this episode, we will discuss: Lean into your the network you already have Leveraging your knowledge of an industry to land and serve clients SHOW NOTES 1:26 Ben introduces himself and his current experience with video production 6:58 Ben discusses how he was able to start his studio and leave his job 13:20 Ben asks how much investment he needs for startup 19:27 Going after specific work that you want to do to portfolio / case study build instead of cold-emailing/calling 25:05 Ben discusses one of his dreams about community building 38:01 MIA and Clarity 49:47 Leveraging your knowledge of an industry to land and serve a client 1:05:10 Recharging and having time off from doing what you love is important
For the past six years, Avery has dabbled in several areas of video production but has decided in the last year that it was time to start making money primarily with video. We get to the root of Avery's passion, which is sports and action videography. Avery has the personality type that makes being out on a job the best form of advertising and networking possible. We talk a bit about how focusing your intentions and showing what you want to shoot can help you rise to the top of your niche quickly. In this episode, we will discuss: You in your zone of genius is your best advertising Intentional portfolio building SHOW NOTES 1:33 Avery introduces himself and his experience with videography 10:10 Gebbs asks what Avery would do if he didn't need money 16:48 Avery asks about being his own worse critic 19:16 Avery explores his dream scenario with sports/action videography 34:08 Bridal shows VS Same Day Edit 42:16 Competitive advantage of being passionate about what you are doing 49:28 Remove the things you don't want to do from your portfolio 51:10 Sizzle videos VS offering more value to clients 57:10 Being intentional in a niche 1:08:01 Self awareness and giving advice based on others personality types and situations
John is a one man band who wants to offer everything to his clients - from social media content videos to drone footage. But what is John's TRUE passion? He comes into this one on one session thinking he needs to do everything from editing to selling, but we really dig deep to discover what John can outsource and where he can lean into his super power. In this episode, we will discuss: Leveraging your expertise Pricing project vs day rates Outsourcing what you're not passionate about SHOW NOTES :16 John introduces himself and describes his current situation with his media production company. 6:46 John goes over what his current struggles are. 11:20 Different reasons for procrastinating 19:00 Different kinds of retainer strategies 24:34 The nuances of pricing 31:53 Understanding your client's language to help deliver more value 38:44 John discusses his biggest struggle 43:07 John discovers he doesn't actually like editing 10 out of 10 54:59 John decides he is hiring an editor
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