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How I earned my first $150K by selling stock footage

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by The Curator, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. The Curator

    The Curator Senior Member

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    I saw this blog post on Medium pop up on Reddit:
    https://medium.com/@jakubgorajek/how-i-earned-my-first-150k-by-selling-stock-footage-77a4fa0ad1d2

    After that, shooting clips for stock footage became my small addiction. Whenever I would go somewhere, for the weekend or a short trip to a new city, I tried to be more creative and was generating new content. I remember my first $500/month. It was super cool felling. I was doing what I love, in my free time and what’s even more awesome… I didn’t have to talk with the clients. It’s all about someone needing the clips, and then buying it. Boom. Done!

    Then, I started to travel more, shoot more & better videos… short story long… I’m reaching $3,000 monthly passive (!) income on just one platform:) Again, it’s not an amount that you get for robbing a bank, but it’s a pretty cool amount of money for doing stuff that you love in a free time! I can say that 90% of my portfolio was created in spare time. Depending on where you are, you may make a living out of it! Or… just pay your rent. Like I do when living in Silicon Valley. Well, it’s expensive here.

    You might probably think that I was lucky, because I started few years ago, built a nice portfolio and right now the whole marketplace is too crowded. Definitely, no! It’s always a good time to build up your portfolio, find an interesting niche and start earning money by doing what you love. Currently, it’s an amazing time for videographers. Cameras and lenses are getting better and better, but also cheaper.

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    Does anyone have any tips or guides they can share to do this? Our company has a TON of photos and video footage taken for various projects and we were thinking, why not monetize them - we already spent the payroll hours on it?

    Appreciate any discussion and/or tips about this!
     
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  2. MisterF

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    I think too much work is involved, but it's good knowledge for any budding photographer
     
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    Just keep uploading and drop it under correct tags/categories and as relevant as possible. Those good will sell themselves. Looking at the Medium post, it seems he's uploading in videohive.net. There's a 'Start selling' button up top.
     
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    Its a great niche to make money but only for travel lovers and addictive photographers.
    Been searching something like this for quite some time.
     
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    I really like the fact that you actually enjoyed what you're doing. Great job. Seems like it takes some commitment, but you love it, so I bet it doesn't even feel like work.