How to be a music video director: Adam Powell's story
Music video directors work with a film crew to make their creative vision for a song come to life.
Adam Powell is a music video director who has worked across many musical genres, including pop, hip-hop and punk. We've asked him to tell us a bit more about how it all works.
Scroll down for more information on skills, working hours and salary.
What skills do I need to be a music video director?
It's a given that you will need to be passionate about music and making films, but there are other important skills that you will need to demonstrate as well. You will need:
- strong organisational skills
- to be confident using maths and budgeting
- in-depth industry knowledge
- the ability to think creatively
- awareness of health and safety guidelines.
What to expect if you want to be a music video dircetor
What will I get paid? Your rate will depend on a number of factors: the complexity of the video, the location, the band’s budget and your experience. Fees may be agreed hourly or daily and contracts are usually freelance or fixed-term.
Where will I work? Most of the time you'll be on location or in an editing suite. What are the working hours like? Filming is often concentrated into intense one or two-day shoots.
What qualifications do you need to be a music video director?
What qualifications do I need? You might find a formal qualification in film-making useful, but its not uncommon to start your career in another production role, such as researcher or producer, and work your way up.