My Weekend Job: Drone Pilot

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We love hearing about what people are getting up to with Fat Lama. So when we heard that one of our users (Chris) was renting out his drone for a rooftop video shoot, we took some time out to chat to him.

Nice to meet you, Chris. To start with, what on earth were you doing on a West London rooftop last weekend?

Ha. Fair question. So a guy rented my drone for a music video shoot near Notting Hill and he also ended up hiring my services as a drone photographer!

So what exactly does that involve?

I was there to get aerial footage of the group performing. To be honest, I’m always looking for an excuse to fly it so when there’s a demand for it, it’s a no-brainer. The guys I was working with were great. It was nice being part of something pretty different on my weekend.

And what do you do when you’re not flying drones around video sets?

I’m currently training as software developer. I’m renting a few bits of gear on Fat Lama at the moment to help with the financial pinch of being a student again.

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“I’m renting a few bits of gear on Fat Lama at the moment to help with the financial pinch of being a student again.”

– Chris

What else are you lending on Fat Lama?

I’ve listed my two drones and then a few bits of photography hardware. I came across Fat Lama just in time, really – I was planning on selling at least one of my drones to help pay for my course, but I’ve managed to justify keeping both by renting them out occasionally on Fat Lama. I’m not far off making the cost price back on one of them – and not having to sell it was a huge plus.

How much are you making?

A weekend drone rental makes me upwards of a hundred quid, so a couple of them a month makes quite a big difference.

Image: Raylo Instagram Image: Raylo Instagram

“A weekend drone rental makes me upwards of a hundred quid, so a couple of them a month makes quite a big difference.”

– Chris

How could Fat Lama help other students?

I’ve got a friend who’s doing a Masters who’s just lent her PA system on the platform. At best, she uses it once a month, so it was a no-brainer for her to see if anyone would be interested in hiring it. I think that’s what I’ve found interesting – there’s been a surprising amount of interest in things which I literally just had sitting around my flat. I think it makes sense for anyone who’s invested in equipment of any kind which they’re not using every day. And it can be pretty fun too – especially when you end up flying a drone around the set of a rooftop music video.

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