My story of becoming a videographer
I’m a 28 year-old freelance videographer and video editor based in London, absurdly passionate about video production especially for social media. I’m a storyteller and I have always been. I’ve written screenplay for an online series when I was 17 and shot my first movies on anything that had any kind of camera. I’ve turned my passion into a career and I enjoy every minute of it for almost a decade.
As it begun
I was born in a small town in Slovakia right after the velvet revolution. My parents were forced to name me Nikola instead of Nicole, because of post-socialism rules. That’s why I prefer to use the name I was supposed to be given which is Nicole. It not only means ‘Victory of the people’ in a Greek origin but for me it also represents freedom.
I did a lot of sports when I was a child – football, tennis, bedminton, basketball, floorball. However my biggest passion was writing stories and screenplays because I loved movies. I wanted to become a new Steven Spielberg but my family couldn’t afford any kind of camera so I was stuck with a pen and paper instead. I am stubborn so I didn’t give up and I started editing videos of other people on my laptop.
I applied for a university for filmmakers and I was rejected twice. After this confidence crush [typical encouraging educational system in post-communist countries], I took a biggest challenge in my life which was moving to Denmark to study when I was 18. After being through all kind of money and life struggles, I successfully finished my studies of Multimedia design and video production and got a job in Czech republic as a videographer, later becoming a head of video production.
I climbed the ladder up to a head of video production and directed all kinds of conferences in Central Europe working with brands like P&G, McDonald’s, Philip Morris, Lidl, Panasonic, Skoda, Volkswagen, Arcelor Mittal, Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, United Nations and many more.
In 2018, I decided to move to the city where I always wanted to live – London – and take my career to the next level. You can find me in the office in Canary Wharf, at my home in West London or anywhere else in the world as I work remotely.
You can also read my latest book where I give practical tips on how to become a professional videographer.