What is your dream lifestyle?

Are you living it now? If not, are you taking steps to get there?

My ideal lifestyle is all about freedom. That means setting my own schedule, taking time off whenever I want, not answering to a boss or a time clock (that’s a big one!), traveling frequently and seeing orders show up in my email 24 hours a day. For me this isn’t a dream because I’ve made it a reality. It didn’t happen overnight, but you can learn from us and get there much faster and easier.

Rick Smith

Hi, I’m Rick Smith and I’ve worked in the business of producing and selling videos for over 30 years. We call them Special Interest Videos (SIVs) and there is a growing demand for them. It’s easy to see why. With the exploding popularity of things like tablets, smartphones and laptop computers, there is a massive audience of people who are looking for information, and that information often comes in the form of a video. As a special interest video publisher, you become part of the industry that is feeding that demand, and you can bet it will get bigger, fast. (Click here to read more about what SIVs are).

I love telling people about what I do for a living. I often see a light go on in their eyes as they imagine how they would like to do this, and I’ve helped many of them do it. Over the years I’ve had lots of people ask me how to get started in this business. The Special Interest Video Academy is the result. It’s sixteen weeks of lessons that will get you started off on the right foot in the video publishing business.

Kim Miller of Special Interest Video Academy

Kim Miller

Kim Miller is my wife and partner in our booming video publishing business. She and I will personally lead you through every lesson, along with some special guest appearances. During my career I’ve won a boatload of awards, sold millions of dollars worth of products and learned a heck of a lot along the way, which I look forward to sharing with you. There’s no point in you making the same expensive mistakes and wasting your time when you can skip all that and get your business going so much faster and more effectively, and that’s what we’ll teach you.

Kim Miller has been in this business with me for over 12 years, is an experienced video producer and editor herself, and is a gifted online marketing expert. Kim shines when it comes to marketing SIVs. You’ll benefit from her tips and insights on marketing, from email marketing to social media marketing and everything else. Kim is a veritable fountain of marketing ideas, and marketing is the key to success in this business.

Special interest videos present a huge opportunity for coaches, speakers, or experts in a subject who want to take their special skill or knowledge, turn it into a video, and sell it, over and over and over. Making a video is easier and faster for most people than writing a book and can have more impact. And let’s face it – people today in general are not readers. They want to get their information visually, either on TV or the internet. It’s what I call “show me, don’t tell me” thinking. SIVs are perfectly suited for that.

It’s All About Residual Income …

Here’s what we really love about Special Interest Videos

They can have a very long sales life. For example, I produced a video in 1981 that is still selling today! Think about that; it is over 30 years old and is still selling today, and we produced it on a very small budget.

What other business can you think of where you can put effort into a project that may only take hours, days or a few weeks to produce that will earn income for decades?

Another video Kim and I produced over 10 years ago on the topic of soil (yes, soil!)  is still selling well today and it will be popular for many more years. It sells to schools for between $120 to $149 each and has sold hundreds of copies.

– Rick Smith & Kim Miller


Are you an expert in some area? Do you have special skills or knowledge that others would want to have?

If you have special skills or knowledge, chances are there are people who would love to know what you know and they’re willing to pay for it. Why not take that knowledge, put it into a video and allow like-minded people the world over to benefit from your experience! Instead of training one-on-one, you could reach thousands of people and the message will be available for years. Imagine how many people’s lives you can influence and change in this manner.

If you aren’t the expert, that’s OK. We tell you how to find partners, make financial arrangements with them, write scripts, shoot your video and put it out into the world where it can earn you residual income for years, maybe even decades. Maybe you don’t want to shoot your video yourself. That’s fine. We cover how to find and hire the right company to create your video for you.

  • The great news is it doesn’t take much more than your imagination to get started, so don’t let equipment concerns or lack of experience keep you from joining us. We’ll tell you all about what you need and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get started.
  • You may even already have what you need. The first step is understanding the wide open opportunities and then narrowing your choices down to something that has a high chance of success and that you can accomplish economically. We devote several lessons to help with that critical step.

By joining the Special Interest Video Academy you’ll have full access to a wealth of resources unlike anything that has previously been available to video entrepreneurs. The core of the initial program will be a series of 16 classes that progressively take you from the very beginning through producing and marketing your own videos, with a strong emphasis on the part that stops most people from getting started – marketing. Each week’s lessons are composed of several videos, workbooks, checklists, pdf files and assignments.

The Gold and Silver options listed below also include our new book, Shoot To Sell, Make Money Producing Special Interest Videos. The Gold option includes a one hour personal coaching/strategy call (normally $300) plus one year’s membership in the Special Interest Video Organization (a $97.00 value).


If you choose Silver or Gold and you have already purchased the book from us (not Amazon, Barnes & Noble or any other source) we will refund you the cost of the book.

You may register any time.

Here Are Some Of The Topics You’ll Cover

  • What Video Publishing Is, Who’s Doing It and Who’s Buying It
  • Special Interest Video Formats and Producing Successful Topics
  • Researching Topics
  • Shooting a Stage Presentation
  • Making a Screen Capture Video
  • Equipment You Need
  • Shooting Your SIV
  • Pricing Your Videos
  • Product Fulfillment
  • Distributing and Dealing With Piracy Issues
  • Expanding Your Product Line/Affiliate Marketing
  • Selling Without a Website
  • Choosing a Domain Name
  • Hosting Your Website
  • Making Your Own Website
  • Marketing Plans and Funnels
  • Launching Your Product
  • Direct Response Marketing
  • Brief Overview of Email and Copywriting
  • … and much more.

In fact, we provide so much information that your head would be spinning if we didn’t present it in the logical, step-by-step process that we follow. Just take each lesson as it comes, do any exercises that we provide and move on to the next step. Before you know it you’ll be producing and selling videos about topics that are of real interest to you and your market.

The Payoff Never Gets Old …

Let me tell you, there’s nothing like waking up in the morning, checking your email and seeing that you made sales while you slept, or while you were out to dinner or watching a movie. Your store is open worldwide, 24/7.

What’s really great is that more and more we’re selling our videos on demand, meaning we don’t even have to create and ship DVDs anymore. People buy and watch the videos on smartphone, tablets, laptops or desktop computers without any further involvement from us.

I’ve been selling my videos online for almost 10 years now and I still love to see the New Order notice show up in my email. I don’t think that will ever get old.

Rick Smith
Special Interest Video Academy

You don’t have to take our word for it. One of the things we emphasize in the academy is the necessity of offering a risk relieving guarantee. It makes a huge difference in the number of people who will trust you. Of  course, we offer one too!

Your Satisfaction Is Guaranteed 

Take 30 days to decide if this is right for you.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We’re so confident that the Special Interest Video Academy will get you started on a solid path to being a successful video publisher that we offer a “No-Questions-Asked” Money Back Guarantee (minus $29 for the book, which you keep). All we ask is that you try the program for 30 days. If you don’t feel it is for you then simply contact me at Rick@SIVacademy.com and I’ll happily refund your purchase.

~Rick Smith & Kim Miller
Special Interest Video Academy

Make No Mistake – This is a REAL Business

Let’s get one thing clear: this is NOT a get rich quick business. This is a real business and it’s going to take work and dedication, just like any other business. This just happens to be very creative and enjoyable work. (Word of advice: if you see any claims that say you’ll get rich quick with little effort, run the other way! There are no unicorns, no tooth fairy and no respectable get rich quick businesses).

That said, this is something that people of even quite modest means can get into. It isn’t just large production companies with big budgets making these types of videos. For every large company, there are thousands of regular people like you and me with small budgets and simple gear producing profitable videos on all types of topics such as hobbies, self improvement, health and wellness, exercise, cooking, fishing, travel, biographies, documentaries, entertainment and so much more.

I wouldn’t have said this a couple of years ago, but even smartphones and tablets are good enough now that you can make salable videos with you phone! That was beyond imagination a decade ago.

Here’s one of the things I like best about being a video publisher – I get to work on topics that are of real interest to me. Some people do it part time while others, like us, make it a career. In fact, many people are making and selling videos they produced without a camera, using only their computer. We tell you all about that, too. Just look at the different types of customers I’ve sold to.

There are three affordable levels of membership in the academy which will get you access to:

  • 16 foundation level video lessons delivered over 16 weeks
  • Workbooks, checklists and exercises
  • Monthly coaching calls
  • Recorded interviews with other successful special interest videographers
  • Private Facebook Page for sharing your ideas and challenges and projects
  • Product reviews and recommendations
  • Continually updated information on the latest online marketing advances.
  • Special members only prices on future tutorials we’ll be offering on producing video, shooting video, audio, marketing, website, SEO…everything we know to teach and help you be successful
  • And more tips and techniques to help you produce, market and sell your own videos.

There’s no time like the present to go for your dreams. We look forward to seeing you in the academy!


Rick Smith & Kim Miller, Founders
Special Interest Video Academy

PS. If you’re interested enough to read this far then you need to take the next step and join the academy now! Remember that you’re protected by my No-Questions-Asked 100% Money Back Guarantee. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

PPS. If you TRULY want to start your own special interest video business the time to do something about it is NOW. Video content is the hottest thing online and people are watching videos on TVs, cell phones, tablets and computers and the demand for more programs is exploding. Do you really want to continue dreaming about doing this or are you ready to get started? Benefit from our combined experience of over 40 years in video and multimedia publishing and join today.

If you choose Silver or Gold and you have already purchased the book from us (not Amazon, Barnes & Noble or any other source) we will refund you the cost of the book.