While I was interning as a Video Content Creator at the dance/educational startup, Raised by the Beat, in Germany, I encountered a challenge while producing some videos for clients. The feedback that I received from my supervisor was that the quality of my videos could be further perfected and enhanced. Some videos did not have sufficient lighting or color correction while some parts of the videos were too shaky because of the unstable balance of the camera on its stabilizer, which broke the viewers’ attention from the content. He also conveyed to me that while I was quite dedicated to my work, there was room for me to be more organized. Furthermore, he explained that writing notes on my electronics, such as my iPhone, looked unprofessional and did not help with my organization of our clients. While at first I felt slightly dejected, I soon realized this was a learning opportunity.
I went back to my supervisor, asked him about potential improvements I could make in my work and paid close attention to the response I got. I then proceeded to reshoot the videos at a new location, modified the camera movements and tweaked the color correction in the post-production stage. With continued practice over a long period of time, I observed that my work became more polished. Moreover, I resolved my disorganized habits by utilizing a small notebook in which I documented the tasks that I had to complete.
And while I recognized that I could work better, I learned to not be too hard on myself. This is because I realized that my production work was also affected by multiple uncontrollable, external factors. For instance, the harsh winter decreased my mobility as a videographer and sometimes made it difficult to shoot in certain locations and time of day. Acknowledging this fact while also being determined to improve my work pushed me to find alternatives and to persevere. Upon the end of my internship, I learned that mistakes are usually expected when venturing in a new field. However, it was also crucial to ask for constructive feedback and to consistently find methods to help one’s improvement. It was extremely fulfilling to reflect on the timeline of the works I produced and to acknowledge the progress that resulted from continuous practice and feedback.