What you want to do is one of

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What you want to do is one of the many dream jobs of mine. You'd want to be an EVS operator for major sporting events.

 

You're basically the replay guy, but you put together those fun sequences they show of highlights as you bump to commercial. Can't say I've met an unintersting EVS operator.

 

To start, it'll suck. You got skills, you took a simple juggling drill and turned it into a video. I think great editors can take a complete load of crap worth of video and make something of it. That raw footage you shot juggling was probably pretty boring until you chopped it and filtered it.

 

With that being said my best ideas are to begin 1) If youre ballsy enough, and have good enough equipment (cam, editing bay all thats needed to start) then hit up your friends that are trying to get music out there, make some music videos, a lot of fun, decent coin and it will quickly teach you the nuances of any editing system because you'll be using so many effects, key frames, blah blah.

 

Easy option– if you dont have an edit bay either use a free suped up computer at a college campus or apply for a local news job. "News jobs are hard to find," true, if you suck…

 

At my old station, they were number one in market 70. They hired a 16 year old for an editing position… with no past experience.. he just came in and hung out with his friend that was an editor.

 

Where this story is going… You have skills, you obviously have a do or die attitude by saying its the one thing youre good at. So if thats true then make it your career. But like anything, you need to not apply to big time editing positions. Get your feet wet in local news (where you will literally edit all day and learn every hot key, and you will have a computer to edit your things on in your offtime)

 

So local news or small-scale freelancing. Network, network, network. Nothing more that a grumpy old editor likes more than someone young actually trying to pick their brain. Most things they tell you you'll know by just naturally editing, but every old editor has some personal tricks up their sleeves.

 

So just get in it professionally, meet professional editors, if you dont suck or you're not a jerk then you'll easily move up the ladder.

 

Whereabouts do you live? If its a major city (top 50 markets) you may have a hard time, but if you live near a mid sized city you'll be good to go

Hope this helps 

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