Re: Editing as a trade

From: Flick Harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 30 2008 - 21:41:30 PDT

I had a job at an ad agency editing commercials for tv broadcast.

I got hired at a low hourly rate off a craigslist ad. It was ok for
me for a while, taking a break from various pursuits to go full-time

After a while they stopped calling me. I noticed craigslist ads
offering 2/3 of what they paid me for the exact same job!

Every kid out of university these days is expected to be an expert at
web video, html, photoshop, flash, etc... those are skills that are
often required of office pa's / interns these days.

That being said, the big boys will always want skilled professionals
with tons of experience and they'll pay for it.

I.e. if you have a major client with a strict deadline you don't want
some kid who'll skip town and / or get high when you need them most.
You want someone who can solve glitches / creative crises in no time
flat, who will knock themselves out and die before missing your
deadline. That's not free, that's not something cheapo inexperienced
hack workers can deliver.

Trouble is, that's the top of the field, then there's the bottom...
but the middle is probably what's being squeezed out of existence...
the people who had technical skills and equipment and contacts and
made a nice living off that, but weren't either creative geniuses,
insane go-getters pounding the pavement for that next gig, or
otherwise entirely dedicated to making it in the game (to the
exclusion of all else).

I tend to shoot, produce and edit my own videos for all kinds of
folks, and so it's hard to squeeze me out of the editing job when I'm
the one hiring me.


On 30-Oct-08, at 3:05 PM, Zach Lapidus wrote:

> Hello all, my name is Zach Lapidus, I am a student at Ithaca
> College. In a posting
> on Oct. 16th Francisco Torres responded to the thread with the subject
> "sustenance" and wrote that "Final Cut killed editing as a trade".
> I am just about to
> graduate and I am interested in becoming a professional editor.
> With that in mind I
> would like to hear any other opinions on the topic of the death of
> editing. Also, I
> am going to be leading a group discussion on editing being a lost
> trade and would
> appreciate any advice anyone would be able to offer that I could
> use to help steer
> the conversation. Thank You. - Zach Lapidus
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