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Straight Shooter: Videographer
Tuesday, March 15, 2005; 5:04 PM
IAN SITEK, 22
JOB: Videographer at On Line Suburban Video in Rockville, Md.
SALARY RANGE: $20,000 to $50,000
EDUCATION: Bachelor's in film from Villa Julie College, in Stevenson, Md.
WHAT HE DOES: Sitek captures on tape social and corporate events, from weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs to golf tournaments -- even, once, a new dental procedure for putting in false teeth. "You've got to be ready with that camera all the time," he said, since a party's itinerary can be scrubbed instantly by off-the-cuff speeches or a band's impromptu hora. "You can't ask anybody at a social event to go do that dance move again."
WOULD YOU WANT HIS JOB?: To blend in at formal events, videographers often must ply their trade in a tuxedo. And they kiss their weekends goodbye during the wedding season (spring through fall), when there can be six or seven gigs per weekend.
HOW YOU CAN GET HIS JOB: Sitek learned his way around a video camera in college; he also experimented with his own professional camera (which will set you back at least $3,000). Much of what you'll need to know can be learned on the job. Sitek recommended calling up companies and asking about jobs as an all-purpose "helper" or as a second cameraman.
This article orignally appeared in Express on November 8, 2004.