Pre-Production is essential and client budgets only go so far. For my own personal peace of mind, it's always worth doing that little bit of extra preparation to make sure the shoot goes smoothly and my work is at its best.
When shooting a live event, As much confidence I have in myself on camera, I always take any chance to get in before rehearsals and sound check to look around the empty space where I will be filming. When I'm doing a roving camera op it's important to familiarise myself with the location/venue, check for vantage points, practice any camera movements, and generally give myself every chance of being ready, because in live performances you only get one take.
At the end of a shoot, I love going through my own footage and knowing I nailed it. Logging footage is a time consuming task but for larger projects it's an essential part of the workflow. Keeping on top of it & always being keen to check over your footage prevents it from ever feeling like a chore.
Its always good to critique your own footage so you are constantly improving, and it's always a good feeling when you come across those key moments in a performance and knowing you smashed the money shot..
Having pride in your work and going that extra mile is important in any job -- keep sight of that and people will keep coming back to you!
Co-Founder Luminary Studios