Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Odine.
Hi Jason, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I started my business during the pandemic. It was in July of 2020. I was 23 years old, soon to be 24. I got my first client from cold-calling local realtors, and I just so happened to call the realtor selling the house that appeared in the now-canceled TV show Nashville. Before making videos with DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, I made videos on my phone. They were mainly videos about what I was learning about blogging and marketing. I never imagined that I would have been able to earn thousands of dollars making videos for local businesses, weddings, music videos, and more.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. When I started, I depended mainly on referrals, which is a big part of how I earn my business now. The thing is that when I first started, I wasn’t getting many referrals at all compared to now. I also spent a lot of time in the editing room, which may not seem like a lot of time to people not into making videos, but I spent a lot of hours learning how to edit videos. I could’ve spent some of that time with my family and friends, and sometimes it felt like I sacrificed that to focus on my business. We also had a death in my family. My brother’s passing also impacted me early in the start of the business. I didn’t know if I would keep making videos. I just didn’t know.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I currently film weddings, music videos, and other types of videos. I want to specialize in helping local businesses generate more business and gain a competitive advantage over their competitors who aren’t utilizing video marketing. What sets me apart is that I enjoy the essentials. Good storytelling, a nice camera angle, and good lighting make me happy. Exciting projects to me are the ones that most people consider boring or are something good just for the financial books.
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check?
I don’t read as often as I should, but my all-time favorite book is Rich Dad Poor Dad. It’s the first book I read about creating wealth, and it opened my eyes to that way of thinking. My favorite podcast is David Never Sleeps, and David Shands hosts it. My family, friends, and clients are resources that keep me going.
- Instagram: @jasonfilmedit
Blake Wills took the 1st, 4th, and 7th photos. LaCresha Kolba took the 5th one.