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HE may have just finished the Higher School Certificate but Jedd Manning has already been a successful business owner for many years.
As a video production and Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operator, Mr Manning’s personal interest in photography and drone operation led to the launch of his business, Western Aerial Productions.
“I have been doing this for around six years, professionally for four,” he explained.
“It was an interest of mine and with no-one in the area, I saw it as a great business model.”
To undertake the role, a CASA Remote Pilot License and a CASA Remote Operator Certificate are required.
The biggest aspect of the job is production planning.
“It helps us to create a product which engages the audience in our media,” Mr Manning said.
Other daily tasks include connecting with clients via email and phone, maintaining equipment and filming and editing projects which Mr Manning describes as the best part.
There are no dangers involved in the profession though Mr Manning said difficult elements are common.
“There is a lot of back-end work which goes into video production, especially using RPAS (drones).”
With the characteristics of the job spanning aviation, photography and marketing, Mr Manning said the public response to his work is positive.
“People tend to comment ‘I wish I could be paid to fly drones all over the area’. It’s a great job I must say.”
Mr Manning said that most people don’t know about all the certification that’s involved in the job.
“A lot of expensive and time-consuming certificates and insurance go into the work we do. People tend not to take this into account when obtaining a quote, though when they see the final product, they are very pleased and proud to share it with their client base.”
At just 18, Mr Manning is already on the cusp of long-term success in his chosen career.
“There is great employment opportunity in the field. If you obtain all the certification, you can be in demand, not only in the video production industry.”
Top: A sample of Jedd Manning’s photography work. Left: Jedd Manning first established his own photography business, Western Aerial Productions, while still at school. PHOTOS: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/EMY LOU; JEDD MANNING