Lucio Vasquez

Lucio Vasquez

With a commitment to quality and an ability to make a client’s dream become a reality, let Lucio Vasquez be your go-to video producer. 

Briefly share how you became a freelancer.

I began trying my hand at filmmaking at a very young age, when a little website called YouTube came about. I began shooting my own movies with friends, and using this new platform as a way of expressing myself. I use the term “movie” very loosely here; my early YouTube videos were VERY bad. However, these videos served as the catalyst for what would later become a lifelong passion. After high school, I slowly began feeling discontent with my life. I had majored in Computer Science in an effort to achieve a financially secure future, but I found myself liking the idea of coding more than the act of doing so. I also began working as a delivery driver, which only added to discontentment I was feeling. To this day, I have no idea why it took my so long to commit to video production full-time. I suppose the idea was a bit daunting, with the possibility of failure always lurking in the shadows. I eventually quit my job, changed my major, and dove head first into Houston’s video production industry. At this point in my career, I’ve now worked on a wide-variety of projects, from feature films, documentaries, commercials, corporate videography, and more.
 

What has been your biggest win as a freelancer?

The ability to create content and call it my job is, and probably always will be, my biggest win in all of this. It’s incredibly satisfying to be able to call myself a video producer (and not feel like I’m lying about it).

What are some of the hurdles you’ve overcome as a freelancer in Houston? Do you think this hurdles are indicative to Houston or to the freelancer profession overall?

When I first started out, it was incredibly easy to get discouraged. Things were moving slowly, and I thought that I had potentially made a mistake. However, I knew that this was who I was and that I would make this work for me no matter what. I eventually found my first client! He was a very generous person who just so happened to believe the earth was flat. I was tasked with making what was essentially a flat-earth propaganda video. After a very long week, the video was completed and I had gotten paid for my first gig. It was a very interesting experience to say the least. It was also the first time I felt validated as a freelance video producer. Since then, I’ve found more consistent cliental in various different fields of work (real-estate videography, weddings, educational content, etc.), but there’s always a bit of inconsistency that comes with freelance work in general. Couple that with the fact that Houston isn’t exactly a video production hub, and suddenly you find yourself in a situation where you’re competing with other qualified freelancers for clients. However, taking all of this into consideration, I still couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a freelancer?

My advice would be to simply not give up (cliché I know). When you first start out, you won’t be as good as you want to be and you won’t be working on what you really want to work on. But, if you truly stick with it and give it your all, then you will eventually reach a place that looks a little bit like the place that you want be. Truth be told, I’m still not as good as I’d like to be. I most likely never will be. We’re all constantly growing and becoming better at our craft until the day we stop. But, I believe it’s important that when we do eventually stop, we know that we tried our very best. Don’t get discouraged. Keep going.

Let’s say I’m a client that’s looking to hire a freelancer that does what you do. Why should I hire you?

I am communicating constantly throughout the lifespan of the project in order to both set my clients at ease and to make revisions if needed. I love what I do and I see no reason to not try and bring that sense of fulfillment into the process. I’ve created tons of both video & photo content, ranging from real estate to narrative feature films. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m confident in my abilities and would love to help someone make their vision a reality.
 

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