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What does the life of a Film and Video Editor look like?

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Jara’s Answer

It really depends on the atmosphere and surrounding deadlines. Longer format items such as movies and features can increase the amount of time you have to be creative and work independently on graphic design and special effects. If you edit for live television, your turn around time and amount of work could be much larger. For example if you work in news, you could be editing quick turn-around, late breaking stories or a highlight of the game that just ended. Or depending on what type of skills you have you could be creating animations and building graphics. There are many editing platforms and opportunities, worth a look into what Adobe suites offer.

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Natasha’s Answer

It's hard to answer this question: no two days are the same. The sectors that an editor focus on will likely influence his or her daily routines and priorities. Start with your local librarian: the staff should be able to direct you to books, periodicals, weeklies or monthly publications - seek out insights from people who started out in Texas.

South by Southwest draws many creative people to Austin every year - and some of them may be local. Let your parents know that this is your career interest, even in your county they may identify established practitioners with whom the school that you're attending could arrange guest speaking sessions - or informal Zoom calls. The point is while there are many famous editors out there, don't overlook the local creative scene as a source of insights as well.

Of course, the school that you attend will likely provide exposure to a network of folks with similar aspirations.

Keep researching. With your guardians/parents' awareness of your activities, they might help you reach out to film editors via Instagram, Twitter - or through programs or colleges/universities that you're applying to.

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