Welcome to Episode #33 where we are chatting with the amazing Peter Sarellas about how to be a creative. Peter works in Toronto as a professional videographer, and during the COVID lockdown, he has stayed productive by launching a Youtube channel where he teaches people how to make better videos. He’s a funny guy, with a great accent and plenty of stories, so strap yourselves in, as this is a good, light-hearted chat between three guys and their cameras.
Key Message: Just get started. If you put in the effort, you’ll get better over time.
What we talk about in this episode:
- Finding our love of videography
- Home videos vs client work
- Saying peace to business school
- Comparing yourself to others
- Value of influencers
- Finding an edge in the creative field
- Pros & cons of creative work
- How to find clients
- What’s up with working for free
- What is the creative process
- Advice for newbies
- Bullshit education systems
- Talking about travel stories
Who is Peter?
Peter is a videographer and video editor who specializes in sports, commercial, and event-based work. He is currently working in digital marketing while simultaneously operating a freelance video production business based out of Toronto. Furthermore, Peter is actively building a community on YouTube where he shares informative videos surrounding his work in sports media and digital marketing. Peter has his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance with a minor in economics and has also studied media at multiple post-secondary institutions.
You can follow Peter’s work at the below links:
- If you’re shooting weddings, talk to the Master of Ceremony beforehand, tell him to pause for a second before he says “you may kiss the bride” on the pause, you know you can get ready. Then he looks at you, you look at him, and it’s like go time.
- You can look at other people’s work and draw inspiration from it and use it to make you better. You just need to keep that positive mindset and kind of realize that your work is good, ah, maybe it’s not, but you’ll get better.
- You always want to retain the rights to display your work anywhere you make your services available, anywhere you market yourself. That clause is always in there, even if you’re working for free, or doing your first shoot ever.
- If you make a treatment that says you’re going to have a Lamborghini on set, then your video doesn’t have a Lamborghini, you didn’t live up to the contract you provided, and the client is probably not going to pay you what they’re supposed to.
- Don’t go to university expecting to learn a whole bunch of stuff, and if you don’t have any skills in that field, and you’re not working to develop them, it’s less likely that people are going to reach out to you for opportunities in university.
- From a young age, my parents invested a lot of their disposable income into travel so that my brother and I could gain a more rounded perspective on things. I really feel that helped me be a more empathetic person.
- So you three girls, are getting on a boat with a bunch of Cambodian men you don’t know, to go shrimp fishing in the middle of the night. Can I come with you?
Peter’s Guilty Pleasure Recommendations
- Black With No Cream Podcast on Apple Podcasts
- Biz Buds on Apple Podcasts
- Daniel Schiffer
- Justin Odisho
- Indy Mogul
- Michael Janda (@morejanda) • Instagram photos and videos
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