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Jul 14, 2014

An Underwater Filming Career can be rewarding

The big boys warned me a few years ago that a career in underwater video was a hard, uphill road.

They were wrong, kind of.
Working hard on perfecting the skills needed for high level professional underwater film making is extremely satisfying. Potential clients are looking for high quality and reliability, and being easy to work with helps. Once that reputation starts to take root, the phone calls start to come in.

Sure, some of the work environments I have found myself in would scare the crap out of most recreational divers. How can I be so sure? I was scared too.
Deep in a new cave with a big camera rig, or fiddling with tiny buttons through thick neoprene gloves at 180 feet on a rusty and unstable wreck with 25 minutes to get enough footage for an episode of a TV show… you'd have to be stupid not to be a bit scared. (weirdly enough, I'm usually more anxious that I won't get the footage we need, than I am scared of the situation I'm in).
And then there's the decompression to deal with, which isn't always as straight forward as it is on a regular dive boat with paying passengers. That's another story...

You get yourself trained by the best specialists you can find, and you practice. After a while you get used to it. No that's not true. Not so far anyway.
Every job I have had in the last two years has been completely different from preceding jobs. The required skill set is like an amoeba. You just have to adapt, and keep your skills sharp and at the ready, because when the time comes to hit the record button, it's just you and your equipment, and it has to be good. That's why they called you.

It's a high pressure job that sounds really fun and exciting, because, most of the time, it is ; especially if you have the right attitude.

Here's my business card... we're digital these days right?




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