On today’s edition, we have David Pratt, a local hustler that created his own filmmaking brand 9 Studio Productions. David has been in the industry for more than 6 years and continues to provide his clients with quality videos that go from real-estate to music videos.
Below is the interview with the owner and CEO of 9 studio Productions, David Pratt.
Creative Allies: Could you tell me a little bit more about how you got into freelancing?
David: For one I have a very creative mind that is always running around. So I can show you better than I can tell you. And I did it for so many years that I started discovering how good I was.
Creative Allies: How many years have you been in the Film industry?
David: I have been in the industry professionally, for about six years. But in general, I started about nine years ago.
Creative Allies: What do you think has been your biggest challenge or challenges?
David: My biggest challenge has been trying to grab the right clients. I always like to tell people if you’re wanting to be a freelancer and want to make quality videos you have to know what you are doing. So the main thing I do is mess up. You have to fail terribly. So after messing up and messing up, a lot, you learn more. Once you learn in your career, then you start promoting yourself and getting with the right people. It’s all about finding your niche, finding the right people and getting your name out there.
Creative Allies: Do you have any recommendations for people that want to be a freelancer but they don’t know how to start?
David: Just go do it. Whatever is in your head, I don’t care what it is, go do it. Because you need to be able to practice, it’s all about practice and failure, over and over. You want to continue the process.
“Fail by yourself so nobody else sees you failing.”
Creative Allies: What do you think the freelance industry is lacking in terms of information?
David: People don’t know where to start. If people knew where to start right of the gate then, they will be much more successful. I had to learn myself, I didn’t have any mentor. But, once you start, it just goes from there.
Creative Allies: What do you think is the first step people need to take to start?
David: To be a freelancer, you need to be a hustler. You need to have a hustler mentality and be a go-getter. You’re going to hear no. But you can’t let that stop you. Also, get in contact with some people, build your portfolio and be out there.
Creative Allies: Lastly, where can people find you?