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Career advice for steadicam newbie, thoughts on the business

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#1 Victor Lasche

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 07:01 PM

Hi all, I’m considering a career in steadicam.  It’s really hard to find answers to some questions, so hopefully someone here can shine some light.

Overall, is there more or less work for steadicam these days?  I see it a lot, but I know there are alternate devices competing like Ronin etc.

How long did it take you get established (as in making the bulk of your living from steadicam) and how many days a year do you generally shoot?

Here’s a touchy question, but generally, what do operators make per year?  Not the outliers who make zillions or nothing at all.  I’m just curious what a living looks like for steadicam ops.

I’m in LA, so I’m curious how business is around here.


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#2 Janice Arthur

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 09:11 AM


Too broad of questions to answer.

If there are 50 dry cleaners is there room for one more?
Will 51 make a little money or a lot?
Will 51 be good at running their business or not?

The only way to know is to try. Take a class and put yourself out there and make it happen if you can, based on your abilities and cleverness.

There is gear for every budget now and if you thrive u can move up.
That's all we ever did, many failed but many succeeded.
Good luck.
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