“I think independent contractors are really the essence of the American dream. Entrepreneurialism is what built this country, and that is what independent contractors are trying to embrace.”
—Andy Keatts, Videographer & Program Editor, Back40 Media
Ask Andy Keatts why he does what he does, and the answer is not complicated: “I simply wanted more freedom, and I was lucky enough to get into a field that is perfect for independent contractors.”
Andy says he values having “flexible hours and more control over my art.” In his line of work, control and freedom can be critical. “I am involved in every aspect of producing a show—from conception, to filming, to editing, to marketing.”
But while independents comprise a large sector of the film and video industries, their work also depends to a large extent on each other’s strengths. “Our network is really tight knit. So much of our creativity comes from feeding off one another,” Andy continued.
He believes that being an independent contractor has many perks, but it also requires determination, stamina and drive. “The number one tip I have as a small business is that you get out of it what you put in,” he says.