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Conversations with Katie Pope

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Pope.

Hi Katie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Growing up, I was a really creative kid. I loved writing stories and poetry and wanted to be an author when I grew up. Over time, my hobby of writing transitioned into a hobby of filmmaking. I would shoot and edit goofy little movies with a neighborhood friend and that became my main creative outlet. After taking some filmmaking classes in high school, I realized that videography was a real job that people could make money doing! I decided to pursue a degree in Media Production and become a full-time videographer. Jumping into freelancing right out of college was difficult, but I learned so much from others around me who have been incredibly supportive. I’m now going on my fifth year as a videographer, shooting and editing videos under the name Pollie Film Co.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Working as a freelancer has been a trial-and-error experience. At first, everything from determing my rates, to meeting with prospective clients, to improving my technical skills was so daunting. To make a living doing this work, I can’t spend all of my time on set or editing. I also need to do the tasks of owning a business, securing clients, and managing projects. I’m still figuring out how to do those things! I’m a perfectionist who wants to have the roadmap laid out before me, so making mistakes and course-correcting can be painful. But seeing my progress over time has been really rewarding.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in creating short, branded videos that help businesses and organizations tell their story. I work alone or with very small crews, which allows me to be involved in the whole process from concepting, to shooting, to editing. Being versatile means that I can help clients in ways that others in the industry might not be able to. I can be a one-stop shop! I’m also proud to be a female videographer in a male-dominated industry. Being a woman, as well as embracing my unique personality, has helped me to connect with many clients and interview subjects in a personal way. I love when people feel understood and that I have captured their story well!

How do you think about happiness?
I feel so inspired by the people all around me. It is so fun that my job includes meeting a variety of people and sharing what they do in a beautiful way. The little views I get into other lives, industries, and adventures is what makes my job exciting. Those connections make me happy! Making people look and feel awesome is fulfilling.

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Arielle Pickerign
Griffin Overbye
Tim Schrader

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