Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most common gigs I have started to get are talent reels and promotional editing. Any actors, directors, or companies, all for example, who need to be promoted or noticed give me their work, and with care, precision, listening, and good music, I sew together a piece that shows only their best with a promise of more to come.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. One great question is "How efficient are you?" Not "fast" but "efficient," being that "fast" implies rushing whereas efficiency is key in any personal service. Also, never fear questioning if the sample work they present is at the height of their skills. Chances are, it is not and their work is only up because a website allowed them only so much but what they can offer is always more. Don't turn anyone away on aesthetics, look for the feel and see if their work meshes with your mind.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I think it's my knack for keeping my work very simple and direct. Audiences and industry really latch onto the no-frills approach. Look at The Social Network or Primer.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The chance to explore all different facets of film and styles. I learn so much from looking at the raw footage, especially the unused material, and it feels like a privilege and a gift to be able to learn the flows of different styles of film and video.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I love film but growing up, I don't think I ever realized that filming something is only a small part of the battle, that the magic is really in post-production. Making a beautiful frame come alive and flow into the next is something special. It's an art, really.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. You'll learn so much from making your own work. Film shorts, sketches, trailers, and teach yourself timing, flow, sound. Really explore what you can by playing with your own tools first. It makes holding someone else's wrench that much easier.