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Hello Everyone,


I am currently setting up to start working towards becoming a full time Steadicam operator. I started messing with Steadicam in film school after garret Brown came and gave us a small workshop on it back in 2011. After that I started using it whenever I could. Have been trying to work towards this for a while (bought a steadicam solo a while back with the arm and vest) and have been using it at work for various shoots (I work corporate video currently). I now have the budget for a new aero 30 system + good wireless follow focus system, and would really like to do it up right to get started. I've read the books and the forums for a few years now, so my technical knowledge is good and I feel like I'm good to start. I understand that I have a long long way to go but I want to start moving in that direction (not quitting my day job yet).


What I don't know is any of the business aspects of doing this. What to charge for myself/the kit. Where to start marketing myself to get some good gigs. etc. Any suggestions on this as well as other topics would be greatly appreciated.





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Hi there Brent.


A full workshop is definitely advisable.

I would also call around and find out what others are charging currently in your market. I know the gear or experience level isn't the same but they may help you narrow down what you might expect to get.

Also, the USED market is full of great rigs..

Are there any full time Steadicam Ops in your area?



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