LINK UP WITH PASCAL DABIBI – Sell Your Market on Social Media Series – Ep 2
My name is Pascal Dabibi, I am a photographer, cinematographer, an animator and motion graphics artist. Currently, I work for Patricia Technologies and co-own a digital agency called Amplify Hub Africa. click here -; @hellodabibi to view his works.
I started my photography skills with my phone, I was at Mile 12 Market one day and took some random pictures. I decided to post them on twitter with a tweet “Rate this picture on a scale of 1-10”. I was amazed at the reviews I got, of course, both negative and positive, but I decided to dwell on the positive ones.
And this made me think to myself, maybe I have a certain level of potential to do this. I kicked off on that thought and went for an internship in a photography studio.
After the internship at a studio, I started sending random mails and DMs to different record labels, brands, public figures telling them I was willing to work without a fee.
Toda Kafang, the head of music at Chocolate City Music replied my DM and asked I come to their office the following Monday. That was how I got a Job with Chocolate City Music.
Working with Chocolate City gave me the platform to be able to showcase my works on social media officially,
Because I had photographs of different celebrity artistes to my name. I worked with Chocolate City for about a year, which was the latter part of 2017 into 2018, and I stopped working.
I decided to take a break from working as a photographer for like 4 months. During this period, I started studying video production. This is because I realised that there are more photographers in an event than videographers, and videographers are being paid higher.
Applying some economics knowledge to this,
I deduced that, there was a higher demand for videography but a lower supply for it, thus, a higher price for the value of videography.
This made me interested, so I started studying and asking questions.
There was a friend of mine that used to be a photographer, his name is Arinze Onyisi. At this time, I realised he was already into video production for events and his videos were good. So I started asking Arinze questions, studying directly from him on how to edit videos, as well as doing my studying and practices.
In the latter part of 2018, I still wasn’t good in videography, but I got a job, my first client for videography reached out to me.
Amin Amin of Everything Na Art reached out to me, she wanted me to document “The Brand Workshop”. Looking back at that first job, I would say I did a terrible job, judging from what i know now, I didn’t even color grade properly, but she loved it.
Shortly after that, I got a second client. Mr Sesan Adeniji of My Streetz Magazine.
The description of the job was to document Fireboy DML’s radio tour through pictures and videos. Mr Sesan knew me as someone who handles the camera well, he didn’t realise I was just good at photography, not videography. But I took the job.
The tour was to run for a week, we went to about 20 radio stations. The whole job was very tedious, I had to take videos of everything for the day, edit and submit the next day and start the same process all over again, for a week straight.
I made many mistakes, I was under immense pressure because I knew little about my job, but it didn’t stop me.
For a fact, it made me learn faster, and I started to get the hang of the Job. This particular experienced pushed me harder to get up to par of standard in my videography skills.
Over time, in the latter part of 2019, after familiarising myself well with video editing, I started doing motion graphics. The first motion graphics job I did was for Dj Spinall, yea, I find myself lucky with the music artistes. After that, I got another job and then another.
Of course, the more I practised the better I got. I then incorporated motion graphics into my skillset. And in no time, I started getting jobs from different multinational brands, the likes of Pepsi, Coca Cola, Google Ng, Dodo Pizza, Ciroc, Krispy Kreme, Trace Tv and many more.
And that’s how I’ve come to where I am today. Now I work for Patricia Technologies.
All of these stories, clients, breakthroughs, is as a result of me putting my work out there, although a Work In Progress, it contributed largely to my growth process.
I’ll like to say that there are different reasons why people, especially creatives, put their works out there. For some, it’s mainly for recognition, while some business opportunities. For me, I do it for a little bit of all these things, alongside criticisms and networking.
I’ve gotten several direct messages from video creators complimenting my works, especially the nitty-gritty parts. For instance; I’ve gotten several messages like: ‘Oh I love your shots. I love your angles, I love your colour grading, I love your editing, how did you get this transition?, what programme did you create this with?’ and many more commentaries as such.
And the best part of these messages is when it comes down to collaborating or business opportunities. Messages like “how much do you charge?” or “I’d love us to work together” definitely lifts the spirits and serves as a fuel of encouragement to do more and better.
I feel like as a creative, you need to put your work out there, for people to see it, experience it, and criticise it.
I’m not saying this as a test of validation of your work, but for you to inspire other people.
If there is any problem a creative face in putting their work out there is lack of self-belief. It is important to know that as a creative whatever you create is an art and an artist is never wrong. You might not understand the artist from his point of view but he is never wrong. Most importantly, an artist is always open for improvement.
Some people don’t believe in what they do, they beat themselves up with comments like “oh, my picture is not good enough” or “ oh my videos are not nice like that, I’ve seen other people put out great works”.
One thing you should know is everybody has their journey and story, and there are stages to this thing called perfection. If you don’t put your work out there, you can’t get feedback from your senior colleagues, mentors, like minds and audience, in-fact you don’t create an audience for your work.
And this gradually kills your zeal and morale towards your skillset.
Some people are doing great, but for lack of self-believe are limiting their scope to a wider reach of audience. And some people are still a work in progress but seem to be doing better, simply because their works are everywhere.
There was a time I used to be scared to go take captures in front of the stage or climb the stage to take pictures and videos of music artiste performing. But I found a way to build my morale and confidence.
I started telling people I am the best at what I do, I still do till date, because I am the best, and I can do anything once my head is in the game. With this morale, I don’t wait for anybody to validate my work, because I know my works are great.
I can’t count the number of job opportunities I got from putting my work out there
I put my work out there and a multinational brand like PEPSI reached out to me. Putting your works out there gets you jobs, and everything else.
My general advice to you reading this is, keep pushing, never stop, no matter what you do, no matter your level, there is still much more to learn and know that you can be as good as whoever you want to be.
Study your craft, upgrade your skills to the next level. Keep practising, keep breaking boundaries, learn new ways to make your craft look spectacular. Just keep pushing and practising.
Thank you Tife of Fiction Tales for this link up, I had a great time.