In college I pursued video production/filmmaking probably like most of you reading this right now. I didn't start out on top or have a smooth path into LA and the filmmaking world. Far removed from LA and anyone in the industry, I started off shooting $200 local music videos in AZ as I attended school at Arizona State University. I didn't have a plan, I didn't have a mentor, I didn't have a path layed out in front of me that I could just easily follow. Very little information, if any at all was provided to me on how to figure out how I could make video production a full-time job and reality for my future. I had a passion for making videos and I wanted to turn that into making a living for myself, but I didn't have anyone there to help or guide me, nobody to answer questions I may have had, I just went out and did it. These are some of the reasons why I've always been so helpful to young filmmakers, from the manuals I've created, the tutorials, the responses to all the questions on my social media channels etc. So many kids and even adults have so many questions about this field and how they can do the same, and thats why I've always told myself I wanted to be that guidance or help that I never was able to have. I want to help in any way that I can for those that are hungry and passionate about making video production/filmmaking a full-time living. That being said I just dropped a new video talking about 5 tips or pieces of advice that I did coming up and still do to this day that can help jumpstart your success. The things I had to do early on to help get me to where I'm at today. So click that link in my IG bio and give it a watch! And remember, everybody has a different path for their lives, don't be discouraged if your path to success doesn't look like your idol's, friends, or even colleagues. Just focus on yourself and the rest will work itself out. - Jakob Owens
There's a lot of information out there when it comes to growing a youtube channel. Sometimes it can get overwhelming and hard to focus on a few things you can do right away to better your channel and help it grow. I've condensed it down to what I believe are the top 5 ways to grow your youtube channel and fast! - Jakob Owens
Carve your own path and believe in yourself! A film professor in college once told me I'd never go anywhere with music videos or YouTube. In fact he was so sure, he even went as far as telling me in an out of class office hours meeting that... "I could show your stuff to 5 directors I know right now and they would all say it sucks" and that I needed to follow his plan or he could fail me from his course. True story I swear. Needless to say I didn't let his words affect me, if anything it fueled me. I went against the grain and carved my own path. To this day he's contacted me several times asking me to come back to ASU to speak to his Directing class. Yea....the one that once almost "failed" me out because I wouldn't follow his course curriculum and make a film instead of doing my no good music/youtube videos. Moral of the story: Believe in yourself, don't listen to the people saying you won't or can't, and follow that path of passion relentlessly. - Jakob Owens
A common question I receive via all forms of social media is Where do I get my sound effects and music from for my videos? Well, in this video I break down the top 4 sources for finding awesome music and sound effects for your videos whether it be a film, youtube video, or whatever other visual content you're creating. - Jakob Owens
Want to learn how to make $100k a year simply making videos? Then listen up! Recently I've gotten a lot of questions as to how do I make a living off my video production work, and do I even make a living? I'm here to tell you that you can make a great living in video production! In this video below I break down how I got started making videos and now earn over $100k a year making videos of all kinds! - Jakob Owens
Also, make sure to check out my BuffNerds Video Production and Business Guide!
Link to Guide: http://jakobowensproductions.bigcartel.com/product/buffnerds-video-manual