Getting paid to do something you like to do is of course the dream of most people. Self-satisfaction, others’ gratitude, and the knowledge of being a service to others certainly has always been my prime motivation to produce my Atkins Diet videos, but I readily recognize that time spent in one activity precludes actions spent elsewhere. The good news is most of the time my videos readily complement an already active life. I make videos while I am cooking dinner for my family, or the educational videos often when everyone has gone to bed for the night.
I have never said I was opposed to someone however paying me for the product though either. If you notice some of my videos, they have a pay to download link, which is failed experiment for Youtube. Yes, you can rent movies on YouTube, but for partner produced videos, which can be downloaded easily with many Firefox addons like Download Helper, it was the equivalent of a tip jar. I personally don’t think any of my videos are worth the pay to see. They are the equivalent of visual forum posts, and I am repaying the favor first paid to me. Having a producer pay me to do something I like to do and release them to be seen, that is more inline with my view of reality.
To that end, Poptent and Atkins Nutritional did recently have a contest to follow Atkineers for 12 weeks and make a video each week over some topic of their choosing. The money was actually pretty good, but of course being at goal (less compelling story) and a complete unprofessional videographer, I was not chosen. The ones who were had much higher video quality and video interest than I did with my promo video. I was happy to watch them progress through their first 12 weeks, and I’d love to see a “Where are they now?” video soon.
I have however been approached again by another company to participate in building their video content for their site, primarily cooking videos. I might equate it to Examiner hiring or employing local talent for their writing skills. (I am not sure if Examiner writers get paid or have any remuneration other than the notoriety of publishing for a major site.) The amount paid would be minimal and might be equated to night out with Laura every month, but it is at least something. The company seems legitimate (my first concern) and according to their materials should enable me editorial control of my videos. I can also publish them myself as well to my own channel. These videos would not replace the current educational or quick hits videos I am doing either.
Of course, there is always the concern of selling out or being viewed being paid. Does that change your view of the person being video’ed? Do you expect more? Do you view the diethealth people (http://www.youtube.com/user/diethealth) differently? I am just curious for other people’s perspective.