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3 Top Marketplaces For Audio, Video, And Digital Media Production

3 Top Marketplaces For Audio, Video, And Digital Media Production

Like it or not, most of us are swimming in a sea of digital media these days. Even those of us who don’t consider ourselves media publishers have become accustomed to curating different kinds of content via social media.

Creating compelling content is the key to communicating any message or vision effectively. Many of today’s startup entrepreneurs, artists, and creatives need to be their own marketing departments, producers, and strategists. They have to make savvy investment decisions to support their projects in the face of limited budgets and production resources.

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Up until recently, creating professional quality audio, video, and digital media content involved bringing together a diverse array of locally based resources. However, with more and more professionals working remotely and the DIY movement in full swing, there are some very attractive and affordable alternatives to the traditional path.

Here are three top marketplaces that anyone can use to produce professional quality media content.

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1. Music Production: www.AirGigs.com

AirGigs is a global marketplace for hiring professional session musicians, vocalists, and audio engineers. The talent pool ranges from emerging artists to Grammy Award winners. It caters to musicians, producers, and songwriters looking to enhance existing recording projects or take musical ideas from concept to completion. Service providers offer fixed and custom pricing for services in categories such as song production, vocals, strings, horns, keys, mixing, mastering, and much more.

2. Video Production: www.veed.me

Veed.me is a curated community of professional videographers offering production services like branding/commercial videos, live action explainer videos, location-specific videos, and more. They provide a very intuitive interface that allows clients to quickly find a videographer based on the quality and style of their past productions, industry type, and geographic location.

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3. Digital Media Production: studio.envato.com

Envato Studio is a freelance marketplace for custom creative and technical services. They bring together a community of designers, developers, and creatives servicing the fields of custom graphic design, web development, online marketing, and more. Creative talent on the site is hand-picked by Envato staff and services are offered with a fixed base price.

Considerations Before Getting Started

Whenever you’re considering working remotely with creative talent, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines to ensure the best possible result. Perhaps the single-most important element is communication.

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Before you contact potential service providers, you have to be able to clearly articulate your vision and provide very concrete examples of the type of result you are looking to achieve. In every production there is room for unexpected magic to happen, but you should never rely on it. You should always prepare by having as many references as possible.

If you’re planning a new website, that means finding 3-5 reference sites that clearly demonstrate design and functional elements that you like. If you’re producing music, that means knowing things like the specific instrumentation you want, having musical charts prepared, and providing fully produced songs as references for the session musicians and engineers. If you’re planning a video production, that may mean creating a basic storyboard, scripting out key dialogue, and providing examples of other productions that capture, or approximate, the essence of your concept.

In all these cases, it’s not only important to provide clear direction but to also get a sense of how a potential service provider is receiving and responding to your concept. Aside from checking out their past work and testimonials from other clients, it’s also very important to ask yourself whether you feel like your vision is being clearly heard before ordering a service. You need to gauge how responsive a service provider is before you get started, as that is usually a key indicator of how responsive they will be once you’ve hired them.

Lastly, creative direction and production is a skill that takes practice, so if you’re completely new to it, it’s important to start small.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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