Disclaimer - As with all of these blog posts that you will read, i am strictly talking only from my own personal experience and cannot guarantee that you will be subject to the same experience.
In the summer of 2018 i spent my months working with an array of local companies, alongside my day job, creating original music to be used in their promotional content. Being based in Cornwall, it does seem that the summer is the only real time of the year companies expect to be busy, and therefore increase their marketing budgets in order to reach as many of the incoming tourists as possible, and have them buying and consuming their product instead of anyone else's. I was extremely lucky in how i ended up coming about the work and i think my story will speak volumes to the importance of who you know.
It was a fantastic summer, probably the best one weather wise I have ever known in my life. This helped. A good friend of mine started a company. It was offering companies a complete creative package. You could book a crew of local creatives, to collaborate and film, edit, produce and soundtrack company promotions. Luckily, i was part of this crew. My experience was very sheltered. My friend, whose company it was, would take all the bookings, and be the one that would communicate back and forth with the companies and the crew. We helped big and small business, locally and nationally. Worked with tight restraints of time, and creativity, and also had some projects where we were given complete creative control.
My message to anyone wanting to get into this work. It can be tough, you can have huge creative differences with who you might have to work for/with. Some companies can and will treat you as very expendable, cancelling at the last second etc. I will say it again, I was very lucky with how i found the work, and not everyone can have a friend that comes to them and trusts them to get the job done.
If you have any questions surrounding my work in marketing for brands, please get in touch through the contact form. I will try and help in any way I can. If there's one thing to take from this however, it's that you can do it. Whatever it is you are looking to do, you can. You just need to be patient with yourself and others, and never stop heading in the direction necessary.