I had 3 days at the Urban Winter Market in Williamson Square Liverpool. I’ve never done a market before so didn’t know what to expect, would the DVD sell, would I be able to sell it? It was scary at first, my boyfriends brother helped me out, we tried calling out to passers by, hard selling and ignoring people altogether- in the hope that someone would walk over and take interest.
In the end sitting back and quietly waiting worked best, by day 2 I had a story to tell, a brief description of the DVD contents for everyone who came past. I knew who my target audience was, what they wanted to know and how to seal the deal once the DVD had been picked up. Not bad knowledge for a few days work.
The market itself was in a rather empty location and sometimes hours would go by without anyone even looking into my stall. In 3 days I sold 53 DVDs. I tallied who bought the dvd – 15 where from people I knew family, friends, familiar faces -28 from strangers (all but one fit perfectly into my target demographic) and 10 where sold to the Cathedral shop owner.
When you subtract the cost of the stall, the fact I spent £60 on decoration and all the other costs that come into these things, I did not make a huge profit. But now I have all the materials I need to set up stall anywhere else again -and the knowledge on how to sell the DVD to a ‘potential’ buyer. It’s good to know I could set up stall at a market, quietly sit, read a book and perhaps make £100 for a days work. In all I’m glad I done it. As things stand now I have 447 copies of the DVD to sell.
From when I started this blog I decided to be bluntly honest. I don’t mind talking money with you, talking about how much money I make and how much I spend on making films. I think an ’honest’ blog like this is needed for film makes. As a young film maker when I search around I never get the full story from anyone, people don’t tell you exactly how they make a living making films, or exactly how they made it.
A few people have had issues with how I run this blog (several different people but all the business type). Some people think I should slap on a fake white pearly toothed smile and lie to you, hard sell you my film and life. That I should never tell you my failures or worries and concerns. Everything should be written falsely and arrogantly. I like having an honest blog and I intend to keep it this way, this blog is aimed at helping other film makers learn from the success and failures I make. My message to those few judgemental readers – I am going to keep doing everything my way and the honest way so get used to it.
As I stand today 447 DVDs to sell. I will be putting the film for sale on-line this weekend.