A Day In The Life Of... A Videographer at Gymshark 🦈
Name: Chris Ducker (ig: @cjducker)
Job Title: Videographer
Uni subject: N/A
Wakeup time will vary dependent on whether I’m in or out of the office for work. If I’m in the office I prefer to wake up between 6am-7am and get in just before 8am. Depending on shoots I can be out of the door at 4am or spend an entire night on set until the sun rises. No day is ever the same regardless!
I tend to do intermittent fasting until 11am and dig into my overnight oats I’ve prepared. Unless its Wednesday, it’s pancake day at the HQ so I dig in straight away at 8am.
What do you listen to on your commute?
Could be a podcast, E-book, YouTube video or my playlist. Which covers all genres with songs going all the way back to the 60s!
What does the average day look like for you?
If I’m in the office, it will comprise of a number of things. Editing is always on the table with our current workload. We’re usually several weeks ahead of upload schedules and we like to keep it that way. This gives us breathing room when one week can suddenly turn into one hell of a busy schedule with last minute shoots across the world.
Meetings are slotted in throughout, potentially back to back until the end of the day. These are usually about projects that we’re currently working on and planning to do in the near future.
Finally, if I’m out on shoots it’s never the same. One day I can be in Birmingham and the next I’ll be in LA, Frankfurt, Canada, Sydney, Paris you name it. Call times can be 4am or in the middle of the night. One thing that stays the same when I’m out shooting, is coffee. That’s a must have. ☕️
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
There is a theme starting to take place here… no day is ever the same! Being able to love what you do every single day is a blessing. I don’t even think twice about working on the weekend. For me, personally, it never feels like a chore or a job. I’m literally spending every moment doing what I want to do. There are certain days where I’m challenged with an upcoming shoot/project. It forces me to think outside the box and to take a different approach than I normally would. Those are the days I really love.
How’d your degree help you in your current role?
I didn’t actually go to Uni. I dropped out of college and did some soul searching for just under a year. In this time, I got into the best shape of my life dropping 30kg in 12 weeks. The feeling I got from this personal transformation was contagious. I wanted to help others who were in my starting position and help change their life for the better. So, I became a personal trainer. Fitting really considering where I’ve ended up. I then turned my hobby of content creation into a business and began freelancing. Best decision I ever made for myself, but I have always loved Gymshark and what they stood for since day one. I applied once and got turned away, so I went off and worked on my craft for a solid year. Building my clientele and portfolio as I went along. I applied again and was offered the job. The rest is history as they say.
If money was no object what would you be?
I’d be me, with a really fancy coffee machine at my place.
Where did you work before this?
I did personal training for 3 years, from 18-21. At the same time, I was working in Holland & Barrett’s. They offer an extensive training in Nutrition and I was extremely interested in health so naturally I was drawn towards it. I was now a qualified Trainer and Nutritionist.
I worked Monday – Friday, 6am-10pm in the gym. On the weekends I worked part time in H&B. Then any free time I had I would spend it editing or fitting in shoots whilst I did my freelance photography and videography. It was a hectic schedule but again, I spent every second doing what I loved.
What do you do to wind down after a long day?
If I’m not spending time with my family or girlfriend, you’ll catch me playing some games or shooting some hoops on a court somewhere.
What’s your advice to anyone wanting to be a videographer?
I first got into content creation when I was 12. I began editing YouTube videos for the gaming scene. Made a decent amount of pocket money whilst I was in high school as a result of my passion for editing. Spanning from game trailers, montages and vlogs for various companies and people. I picked up a canon rebel camera when I was 18 and I knew exactly where I wanted to go from there. But the journey wasn’t a straight path, as life is, so I had to jump over a lot of hurdles to get to where I am today. I had a lot of personal and mental battles during my teenage years, but they helped laid the foundations for where I am and who I am today.
You could study this in college and Uni, but I was completely self-taught. I spent 10 years learning the craft on my own. Every day going out and practising. Then repeating that until I started getting my client list built up. Even now at Gymshark I’m still practising new techniques. YouTube has played a massive part in my career, use it wisely and don’t spend all your time blindly watching videos. Whenever I watch films and videos, I’m analysing each shot. The cinematography, sound design, overall editing and colour grading – everything. Then I find myself trying to replicate them and put my own twist in the videos I shoot to this day. Watch tutorials on camera gear, lenses, editing techniques etc. Don’t stop learning.
You have to love what you do and work on your craft every day. If you’re not doing something every day that isn’t making you a better person then how can you grow and move forward? You shouldn’t see something in life as difficult, it’s just another challenge.