I would like to say 'welcome to the forum' but I see you have already encountered two of our banter merchants, so instead I will say please ignore them - the inhabitants really aren't as hostile as they like to make out on here. The 'real' locals are all happy to see young families determined to make a go of it move in.
This is a great place for anyone who can make some or all of their living working at home via the web - reliable broadband with 4-6MB in Balvicar as we are near the exchange. The demand for video for the web is definitely increasing - I am getting more involved in video myself as more clients want it on their sites, so you have made one business contact already. As a starting suggestion, why not contact Sea Fari and Sea Life Adventures to see if either of them would like a video added to their website - if you think you can film while shooting through the Corryvreckan at thirty knots!
As for wedding videos, various organisations organise 'Highland Wedding' extravaganzas in the Summer - have you had a look at
Property-wise it is relatively easy to get a Winter let but not as easy to find year-round rented accommodation. I suggest getting in touch withMcKinnons
and asking them to put you on their list of potential tenants. I don't know of anything in Balvicar at the moment, but put a wee notice up in the T&T if you are passing and keep your ear to the ground. If you could raise a mortgage now might be an ideal time to buy - property isn't shifting here at the moment, places are actually going for their asking price for the first time in years and mortgage repayments have never been so cheap.
Balvicar is a great place to live - it is the most 'original' village on the island, and very handy for the shop! (Not so handy for the pub, but equidistant between the two so you have a choice). There are quite a few kids in the village as well
Re. your comments on drama - this island had a stong AmDram society in days gone by, and I for one would like to see this revived. We have a new hall now so perhaps the time is ripe - although I think it will be another year before I have any time to commit to it myself.
Hope your move happens for you. We have been here nearly six years now. Prior to that I had only visited the T&T by walking over from the anchorage behind it. One evening when delivering a yacht for someone I was sitting in the wooden stall at the end of the bar thinking wistfully 'I wish this was my local'. Almost a year to the day it was, after we stumbled upon the only affordable house on the island almost by chance. If you want it there is every chance it will happen.
Good luck, hope to meet you soon . . .