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MEDIA WILL EAT ITSELF, Episode #21

Portfolio power, with videographer Owen Wheeler

Owen Wheeler joins Shaun Weston to talk about videography and the challenges of being a northern creative, for the Media Will Eat Itself podcast.
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Welcome to episode 21 of the Media Will Eat Itself podcast.

In this episode, Shaun is joined by professional freelance videographer, Owen Wheeler. He recently set up Repertoire Creative, yet he’s operated as a freelancer under his own name for several years.

His portfolio includes work across a number of industries and brands, with his journey so far placing him in the company of ITV, BBC Sport, Red Bull and Manchester Pride.

Find out more about Owen and his business at his website, or follow him on Instagram.

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00:48 our conversation begins with a brief overview of Owen’s skills, and how he recently got into YouTube.

03:37 Life at university. From working with high-end cameras to work experience with ITV, Owen was learning video workflow.

05:34 The differences between passionate amateurs and educated professionals. How beneficial is it to have a strong portfolio? We discuss marketing yourself in a competitive creative field.

08:18 Can you effectively compete as a competitive creator when you’re an introvert?

09:34 Are there as many opportunities for videographers in the north of England as there are in London?

“It’s quite sparse, which is good for me but sad for the industry.”

Owen Wheeler

Owen believes regional differences are often about mindset. We also discuss how he keeps up-to-date with industry trends. Who are the most influential people on YouTube?

14:37 Let’s talk about the tools of the trade. Owen is an advocate of Adobe Creative Cloud, but acknowledges the importance of staying up-to-date with other tools.

19:35 Time is often an enemy to a busy creative, and videography definitely has its own challenges. Aside from editing and rendering, you use social media to showcase the work, creating even more work in the process!

22:14 Owen created a show reel for each facet of his expertise. And what is he working on at the moment?

24:56 How to contact Owen.