I recently finished making my Christmas Wishlist and wanted to list some items that up an coming vidographers may want to include on their wishlist. Apart from hair products, the majority of my wishlist is videography equipment, which can be super expensive. If someone buys you one of the more expensive items on this list, don't be expecting another present for a decade or so.
A 2014 study showed that £5.25 billion was spent on hair care products in the UK and that black women accounted for 80% of those sales, but how many black owned British hair brands can you name? If the answer is more than three, then well done, as you are in the minority.
When screening my new documentary- Young, Gifted and Grinding across the UK for Black History Month, I held a competition where one of the questions was naming three Black British hair brands. Over 50 people took part but only one person could answer correctly. Instead, many American brands were falsely mentioned. I too couldn't name more than two Black British owned hair brands before I started researching my documentary all about this precise topic.
After starting my videography business a year ago, I knew at some point I would love to try my hand at making a short documentary. If you are at the beginning stages of making your documentary, I really hope you read this post and avoid some of the challenges I faced. As my documentary - Young, Gifted and Grinding was not commissioned and was purely a passion project, all the money to make it came straight from my pocket, so I hope it gives you a few ideas on how you can save some pennies here and there, as well as lots of time.