As you may or may not know, I run Local Sports Productions entirely by myself. I write all the articles, I record all the videos, I produce all the broadcasts. But sometimes I get a slew of requests for help that leaves me able to only pick one, and I hate disappointing my clients. That’s where you come in.
Today I’m announcing the formation of the Local Sports Productions Bullpen, a group of freelancers like me who will help me fulfill the needs of my clients when multiple assignments pile up in one day. Like an internship, it’s a way to get exposure and experience. Unlike an internship, you’re actually going to get paid.
See, I don’t believe in working for free, so I’m not going to ask you to work for me for free either. That being said, I will not pay you directly; rather, I will make arrangements with my clients to have them pay you. In some cases this may involve filling out a W-9 with that client and/or sending them an invoice.
The LSP Bullpen is open to aspiring or experienced play-by-play announcers, writers, and videographers. Requirements include:
- At least one year of experience as a videographer, writer, or play-by-play or color commentator for high school, college, amateur, or professional sports (freelance, volunteer, part-time, or full-time)
- For play-by-play announcers: Laptop computer with USB headset and Audacity, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot (in your phone or as an external device)
- For videographers: Video editing software (Windows Movie Maker or iMovie will do) and DVD burner; creation of Hudl, YouTube, or other video hosting site account may be required as well
- For writers: Photography skills are a plus, but not required.
Please send samples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Being accepted to the Bullpen does not guarantee a regular schedule, rather it puts you on a call list for when I need backup.