ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After 15 years in the Sports Broadcasting sector of the Live Events Production Industry, Independent Contractor, now business owner, Clem Harrod “retired” from his job because his passion was interfering with the balanced life he wanted with his wife of 12 years and 2 very active children. At 37, the long days, short nights and constant travel were all aspects of his career that caused Clem to no longer desire the work that he once loved. What Clem did not realize in his transition, was that as an Independent Contractor, he was his own business entity. Therefore, there was no Human Resource Department to support him throughout his career or 401K Retirement Plan to incentivize him to stay onboard. Clem had to figure it out on his own.
Continuing his career in the Convention and Corporate Events sector of the industry, Clem began to see the light. He discovered, and continued to seek out, service providers that would help him better understand how to manage his freelance lifestyle like a business. Then, Clem began to reverse engineer his pathway to a successful and balanced life. Understanding this was a model that others could follow, Clem began to embrace his own freedom and make it his mission to provide resources for Independent Contractors to learn from his missteps and ignorance.
“I now understand the 6P’s – Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance, and I want to make sure that I am not only prepared for my next Walk-Out, but that others are prepared for their own. Projection101”
ABOUT THE BOOK
Career Projection 101 is a resource that will help Independent Contractors, Freelancers and Small Business Owners better manage their time, money, and relationships by answering the following questions:
“How do I…”
* Get Started
* Get Noticed
* Find a Specialty
all the way to
* Create a Budget
* Find an Accountant
* Get Health Insurance
* How Do I Retire
Written in an Act Format, Act I: The Walk-In, Act II: The Show and Act III: The Walk-Out, Career Projection 101 is a must have for anyone living their career and life as an Independent Contractor/Freelancer.
What People Are Saying
Yes, we need to know the nuts and bolts of our craft, but what gets us hired, and more importantly, what allows us to create meaningful relationships with our clients and each other is our ability to create our personal brand. One based on attitude, ability to function within a group, the joy we bring to the job, the problem solving and team building…the intangibles. Clem Harrod has a very solid footing on all of this. I know lots of Projectionists, but Clem stands out for his professional approach, interest in what others have to say, his excellent attitude, and best of all…his approach to his family and friends.
That is a rare quality and one that guarantees his success in whatever he does, including helping others.
Clem has been a great friend and trusted colleague for over 20 years. As a film school instructor, and freelance camera operator, I know from first hand experience that the information Clem has compiled into this book is invaluable. Anyone starting a freelance, or contractor-based, career will benefit from every aspect of this book from budgeting to acquiring health insurance.
Career Projection 101 is a book that I recommend to all of my students and every instructor I know because I am confident it will help shape the next generation of independent contractors.
I’ve been a social media manager and modeling blogger for 2 years. I found CLEMCO.AV’s series with Bobbi Grant by searching “Budgeting Tips for Independent Contractors” on YouTube. It was extremely helpful because I have been having a hard time taking control of my finances and handling my money with inconsistent pay. I’m going to use their budget template, and I look forward to any other resources and programs related to the business side of being an independent contractor.
Clem has shown me a path in the A/V industry I never thought I’d take. CLEMCO reinforces that path by letting me keep in touch with Clem and by offering guidance for novice A/V technicians. Clem’s advice and on-site coaching has helped boost my confidence and understanding of Video immensely.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“It started with a vision, and I knew this was something I HAD to do…”
Clem Harrod serves as the owner and Chief Projection Officer of CLEMCO.AV, which he established in April of 2016. Clem began studying the art of Television and Event Production in middle school in the early 1990s. After graduating high school, he began working towards his Bachelor of Science in Media Production at Florida State University and was an active member in the College of Communication’s professional production group known as Seminole Productions. It was there he learned three key skills: the art of storytelling and seeing things for more than what they appear to be on the surface, the ability to anticipate and predict outcomes through shooting sporting events, and how to stay focused and attentive while working in energetic and entertaining environments.
Upon his graduation from Florida State in 2001, Clem began an internship with the Orlando Magic. There, he established himself as a very talented Sports Videographer and continued shooting NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, and various other NCAA events for fifteen years. Through his contacts in the broadcast industry, Clem was introduced to, and simultaneously ran a career in, Corporate Event Production. Here, he began as a Stagehand and, through his strong work ethic and friendly personality, quickly worked his way up the ranks to become a very skilled Video Projectionist. With a new career focus, Clem decided to retire from the sports broadcast sector of the industry and devote his time to teaching and growing his own business. Now, CLEMCO.AV partners with many well-known production companies and their Fortune 500 clients to produce events for audiences of up to 15,000 attendees.
After leaving sports, Clem’s desire was to understand how to best manage the personal and professional side of the Freelance/Independent Contractor lifestyle. Enlisting the help of various service providers, Clem created a platform of communication and networking that offers a solution that didn’t exist when he started his career. With the newly found sense of balance and work life integration, Clem is now able to spend quality time with his family and educate others on the philosophy known as Projection 101.
“One thing I have learned through my 25 years of experience is that the gear is just the gear, but the people operating it make all the difference. We are the soul and the lifeline. We are the ones who make it all happen.
Now, as you continue to give your time and energy supporting companies and the people working for them, know that someone is here to support you! We want to help you project the best image possible. #Projection101″
– Clem Harrod