artemisunderscorej said: Recently I've discover my love for editing thanks to my iMovie and I would like to make a career of this hobby. However, I don't know where or how to get started. Any advice on programs or internships for college students that will give me lasting experience? Thanks! : ]
Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! Company work’s been increasing lately, so I haven’t had much time to blog. Today, though, I bring you this veryvery long post.
Here are your best bets, in my opinion, and the pros and cons of each:
1. Internship/Career Office
You could also circumvent the career office entirely and call/e-mail the local media companies in your area yourself. Public broadcasting and local news stations are great places to start. Anywhere that has an in-house production staff, though, would probably love a free intern/coffeemaker (this is a Pro). The next easiest step would be:
2. Film Students
It should definitely be noted that the biggest Con in this case is that you’re using iMovie and not something like Avid or Final Cut Pro. This is totally fine for personal projects and learning the basics of timing and composition, but probably won’t get you very far. If you’re prepared to do it all yourself, though, you can look into:
3. Weddings/Special Occasions/School Events/Band Videos/Business Ads, etc.
In both #2 and #3, you’ll have to advertize yourself on your own and create your own jobs. This includes posting ads in papers, making and handing out flyers and cards, connecting with potential clients like schools and local businesses one-on-one, and telling absolutely everyone you know a million times about what you’re doing so if they hear anything about a potential opportunity, they’ll let you know. You could also look through the papers yourself for gigs - sometimes people are looking for an editor or something. In a lot of these cases, though, people are looking for someone(s) who can shoot as well as edit. This is a big thing to consider when you’re selling your services.
Lastly, the quickest way to throw yourself into the entertainment industry is to seek out entertainment industry jobs.
4. Be a PA/Production Assistant
Cons aside, though, I think PA’ing professional productions is the absolute best way to gain real experience and is the quickest way to a career behind the camera. Searching for PA gigs is as easy as searching online for “Production Assistant jobs” and the name of your city.
With all that said, I want to be super-clear: having editing as your “hobby” isn’t enough. It needs to be something you do regularly, whether you have a project or not, and you need to be able to sell that passion.
This is a stressful and often serious industry. Take any and every opportunity you think would benefit you, and don’t make “editing” or “becoming an editor” the main goal - you can edit on your own at any time. This is about experience and learning; the specialized positions will follow. Good luck!!