Dubbo Photo News - - Front page - By NATALIE LEWIS

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

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