Making Doritos videos was never a bucket list goal of mine but I do love being creative and I absolutely love my family. It almost sounds cliche to say you love your family but I did photograph my son’s and daughter’s first year and put it to video here and here. That doesn’t prove I love them nor that I am creative but I do and I try. That is all fine and dandy but the financially surprising thing of all was the advertising money I received making them. In fact, as of the date of this post, I calculated… drum roll please… $5331.04.
Okay but how did I do it? Well that is another story. Do you remember the Doritos Crash the Superbowl commercials you would see on tv? You know those really funny commercials that could win you $1,000,000.00 like the one featuring a pug, swinging baby and flying pig? Well, I figured 3 things: I have a video camera, I can be creative and I am really really funny.
I was wrong… but not 100%. In fact, my very first Doritos’ video I filmed here went viral. Then I got this crazy idea that if I kept making them every year like here, here, here and you guessed it… here they would go viral and I would win the big prize. I was wrong again… but not 100%. Why? Well, before I even began doing the yearly Doritos competition I won a video contest here which brought in $1500.00. That too adds some nice advertising revenue which I haven’t even calculated yet. Add in the other videos I shot for the Doritos’ competition and I pull in a few extra dollars monthly to buy some NYC coffee which I am more than happy to accept. All I did was brainstorm an idea, film it and edit it to satisfy the rules of the contest. That is it.
I know what you are thinking. I make it sound easy and you are right it wasn’t EEEASY but it really wasn’t HHHARD either. All I did was brainstorm an idea which took the longest because I tried my best to give Doritos what I thought they wanted. Hell I don’t even eat Doritos so how could I give them anything. Then I filmed it which, luckily, was painless for me because I am comfortable in front and behind the camera. The most time consuming, though, was the editing but if that isn’t your thing you can always hire an eager, ready to work editor on Upwork for a good price. Then once I was done I put it on Youtube linked to adsense and shared it with friends and family. And that in a nutshell or shall I say in a Doritos’ bag was it.
Unfortunately they no longer run the Doritos Crash the Superbowl competition but if you have an idea, a camera and a little time visit MOFILM’s website here which hosts various competitions for monetary prizes offered throughout the year.
Now it’s your turn. Have you won money in a video making competition?