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Conversations with Bonnie Keith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Keith.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Over 40 years ago, VideoMagic Productions was known as RBK Color Video. Back in the mid-to-late 70s, I had just moved from New York to California to pursue my acting career. When I was asked if I had “FILM on myself” to show casting directors and producers what type of actress I was and to show my “charisma on camera”, all I could say was, “NO, not really because I had never been in a film or TV show, but did perform in Theatre.

In a nutshell, we bought cameras and other equipment that we couldn’t afford at the time, I started filming myself and some friends doing acting scenes, and I started working on the soap opera, “Days of Our Lives”, My husband and I recognized the need for actors and performers to have a “Video TAPE” of their work to submit to potential agents, casting people and directors.

We would often go on location to film a performer at a club, such as an Elvis Impersonator, who was trying to get work in Las Vegas. Keep in mind that this was before the time of faxes, Federal Express, cell phones, the World Wide Web and there was no such thing as YOUTUBE., The only way, other than traveling to Vegas, was to have a videotape of their performance and to mail it to whoever was going to make the decision to hire them.

At the time, Rob and I and RBK Color Video were the only Video Production Company in Los Angeles outside of the major studios.

We had no idea how ahead of our time we were.

But this was where I learned how to use cameras, lights, microphones, body mics, and do editing. I learned from doing, never went to school for any of this.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I believe if one doesn’t have struggles in their life or their business, they don’t grow quite as much. Adversity leads to greater satisfaction and ultimate achievement.

There are roadblocks and obstacles every step of the way.

At first, learning enough and acquiring the right equipment. As time went on, putting a qualified team together when hired for large projects and multi-camera shoots.

When everyone thought they are a videographer because they have a cell phone or a camera, how do you rise above the notion that “who needs a videographer”?

Learning how to charge appropriately and fairly while maintaining the integrity and quality of my work.

And for me, how to balance work and personal life. An ongoing struggle.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I employ my expertise as a professional actress to share the power of video. I have been working in the video industry for over 35 years and was actually a pioneer in that field back in the late 70’s.

I have experience both in front of and behind the camera. Therefore, I can help my clients relax and bring out their true essence in front of the camera. When working with me, you actually get a free acting workshop.

My approach to video making is practical and creative. I create videos that will impact and convert. I discuss the ways of helping you overcome any fear you have of the camera. We work together from the inception of the idea for a video all the way to publishing and marketing that video.

My approach to video creation is that of movie making. Every video, no matter the topic, MUST tell a story and have an emotional impact on the audience. I will help you understand the ways to achieve this as well as grasping the importance of video in your business marketing.

I am completely self-taught and have learned the intricate ins and outs of all aspects of video through on site and hands on experience.

My passion is my dedication to learning, teaching, and creating beautiful videos for both business promo and personal life events.

I literally employ my expertise as a professional actress to share the power of video.

Any big plans?
I am continuing my self-teaching and have been working on 2D and 3D animation. Both creating human like avatars as well as Cartoon animation.

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