Come, editors young and old. Let’s throw up our hands at the sky and yell:
“How the heck do I get editing work that I really want?!”
“How do I find those magical jobs that pay what I want to earn?!”
Or even more elusive, the quiet question: “All my life I’ve wanted to cut [insert dream gig here]. Is it even possible to get there?”
Members of online editing communities constantly ask the questions –
“Gosh, things have been really slow. Is it just me?”
“I’m tired of the freelance grind, constantly hustling for the next gig.”
Younger members of the group ask, “Why can’t I seem to get a break?”…while others, even established veterans, quietly give up.
Just recently, a member of the Power Edit community emailed me that he’s leaving editing – it’s taking too long to get established, and he has a wife and a baby to support.
I get that. I have both of those myself.
All those questions could be answered happily if the person asking them had a steady stream of editing work, whatever form that takes for you.
So how DO you book your dream gigs as an editor?
There are four major factors that all have to line up.
Spoiler alert, here they are:
1.You need the right skills.
2. You need the right opportunities.
3. You need the right connections.
4. You need to be the right person.
On the face of things, the list isn’t all that sexy.
But the result of putting all those ideas into play most definitely is.
Let’s discuss critical element #1 to booking your dream editing gigs:
YOU NEED THE RIGHT SKILLS.
To book the work you want to book, you have to know what your employers, collaborators, or clients expect of you.
Do they expect you to grab videos off their son’s iPhone, download videos of his most amazing high school sports moments from YouTube, and put it together into a killer demo reel for any collegiate sport scouts who ask for it?
Ya better know how to do all that, both the techie stuff AND knowing what sport scouts want to see.
Do they expect you to oversee a multiple-camera-to-digital-cinema-package workflow with monstrous file sizes, 19 codecs, 36 LUTs, and 7-channel sound mix? Continue reading Four critical steps to booking your dream editing gigs