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I always feel a lil uncomfortable talking about myself at length, but since you took the time to write this somewhat lengthy inquiry, I suppose I should display my credentials…lol
4 year University -Student News -Telecommunications- 4 years – no pay
After College -Video Hobbyist -United Auto Worker- 3 years -decentmiddle class wage
Broadcast Trade School -Video Survelance System Design-1-2 years – decent middle class wage.
After Trade School -Assistant Editor (got lucky)- videographer -3 years – $150/week asasst. – $150/day as videographer (0-3 days/wk)
I was very lucky to learn from 3 very experienced editors (1 west coast and 2 east coast with 60+ years experience combined)
Now here’s where it gets good:
I then hit the road nation-wide as an editorfor a company that produced extreme sports shows for cable (Discovery Channel/Speed/ESPN/Outdoor Channel)
Basically I would edit Sunday – Thursday and on the weekends I would either operate a camera, operate the switcher(so stressful), or I’d run the audio board. We would basically work 80-100 hours a week for 36-40 weeks straight just about everyday. (sometimes we got Sunday off but still had to travel.) It was very demanding work and it was our whole life for those 40 weeks so therewas some serious sacrafice involved…many men have lost their families because of it….but we did have some nice compensation and perks like full bennies and personal American Express cards to use reasonably on the road for anything we needed including all meals, lodging, cars, and a lil bit of fun if we had the time….thehotel pool partieswith the crew were priceless if we had the energy and it made thewhole experiece worthwhile, not to mention working with the hottest woman producer in the world!…well, at least in my book she was…wink,wink….oh yeah, we also got 8 weeks vacation.
I had toquit my jobwith that fabulous companyto move to California for family issues andgot a decent job creating DVD special feature content for all major film studios.
I now work as a freelance editor utilizing the contacts I’ve made over the years and continue to make. Either I work in colaboration with the client at their facility or I’ll work at home on any platform requested and rent additional hardware if needed. I love the freedom and the money can be great but there really is no job security and could come to a hault at any time because I do not advertise like a business.
I’m currently finishing up my largest contract that I’ve beenawarded and building a new demo for future bids….
I’m alsogoing to considermy options for getting back into a post house with a set schedule and some bennies…It is always good to work with nice creative people from which you can lean….I think you develop more as an editorthis way, plus I’m starting to get a lil lonely in my cold dark cave……
Having said all this, I will say that I fall under the expercienced category in your list because I cannot be so arrogant as to say I deserve to be labeled on the top of your list considering there have been many who came before me and there are many serious kick-ass editors/compositors/3d animators who are on a whole new level way above me…specifically hollywood effects artists….they humble the hell out of me, and they are so QUICK!
There is always much much more to learn….
I did not metion the hardships involved in video production as I’m sure many of you are aware of.
There are many challenges like working for free in the begining, not getting paid on time or at all…or working with some of the biggest jerks in the world that make women cry. (I’ve seen it many of times…including fist fights with executive producers.)There are many times that I said this just isn’t worth it and wanted to quit….but I implore anybody getting started to make the necessary sacrafices and persevere through all the B.S because ultimatily it IS worth it and it all pays off with effort….afterall, it could be much much worse….
Thanks for listening….this was weird, I’m not used to talking about myself like this. (blush)
Good luck everyone…contact me anytime!