As part of our ongoing 'Freelancer Spotlight' series, we talk to Samuel Glazebrook - a freelance photographer and filmmaker. If you are self-employed and would like to take part in 'Freelancer Spotlight', email us on hello@createinsurance.co.uk

Sam Glazebrook freelancer

Q1: Tell us a bit about what you do?

Hey, I’m Sam. I’m a freelance filmmaker and photographer. I work mainly in the cinematography world creating music videos, brand films, short documentaries etc.

Q2: How long have you been self-employed?

I’ve been self-employed for roughly 5 years now.

Q3: Why did you choose to become a freelancer/self-employed?

I never could quite settle down into a 9-5 office job, and even though I’ve had a few part-time gigs to keep me going through some of the tougher times, I’ve always felt a feeling of freedom in being self-employed. It just feels right for me.

Q4: Can we see some examples of your work?

Yes, you can find me on my website – www.samuelglazebrook.com

Q5: How has the coronavirus pandemic affected you and your business?

It has unfortunately had quite a big effect on my work life. I had two months’ worth of work cancelled on me last minute, and there’s definitely a lot of space in my diary currently…

On a personal level it’s been good. Had a lot more time to spend at home, working on organising my thoughts for personal projects, and taking long walks and bike rides. Me and my wife live on a farm, which we feel very grateful for as we always have space to be outside and not feel cooped up in a tiny flat.

Q6: Where can people go to find out more about you and your services?

As well as my website (www.samuelglazebrook.com) I also try and keep active on Instagram, where you can find me @samuelglazebrook for a little more of a regular look into my lifestyle and personal work.

Q7. Can you tell us a project you are really proud of?

I worked on a long term documentary on a giant boat restoration a few years ago that was a really amazing project. It was a huge project filmed over a year. There was a ton of small stories all embedded into it – a documentary filmmakers dream! Unfortunately it was a private project, as the owner is very rich so I’m not allowed to share it!

One of my earliest films ‘How To Road Trip’ (a surf film about finding adventure on your doorstep) was my earliest personal project that gained a small success online, and went on to be shown in a lot of surf film festivals around the world. Although the film is a little dated now, I still feel proud of that work, and it really spurred me on to keep making films at the beginning of my career.

I’m also really excited about a few music videos I made just before lockdown, for an artist called Roo Panes. You can watch them here:

Q8. Who would be your dream client?

I’ve always loved the visuals by a director called Keith Malloy, he makes telling, sensitive documentaries that are beautiful to watch. It’d be a dream to work alongside someone like that.

I have a big passion for the planet, so telling stories that are environmentally focussed is a direction I would love to go in.

The brand Patagonia would definitely be up there in the list of dream clients.

I also love making music videos, so working for some of my favourite artists would also be amazing! People like Feist, Michael Kiwanuka, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver to name a few.

Q9. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to an up and coming new creative freelancer?

I think to just create. It’s so important to find your voice through personal work. Don’t put your camera down if you’re having a quiet period. Especially now because of the current situation – work is slow, new clients are hard to pick up – use it as an opportunity to create something for yourself. Work hard and don’t give up. I keep telling myself that often.

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