Video Editor & Animator
Video Editor & Animator
I am digital and multimedia creator.
I am a video editor and animator. I get to take beautiful footage and create a story out of it, whether it's for a commercial, documentary, or film. I spend my time organizing footage, finding the raw, beautiful, emotional moments and putting it all together so that the client or viewer loves spending their time watching it. The reason I chose this profession is that story telling is something I am very fond of. Whether I am animating or editing, it's all about telling a story in the end.
Learn a video editing program. Final Cut, Premiere Pro, or Avid. For animation learn After Effects. Learn the basic tenets of filmmaking. What, when, where, why, how are you shooting something? Go to local film festivals, participate in your local 48hr Film Competition. There are plenty of ways to get feedback on your work. Don't take your feedback personally! Not everyone will like your work. Maybe nobody...at first. Keep trying and just improve!
Here's the first step for high school students
SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT! Watch movies. Edit videos. Draw. Study great directors / editors / animators work. Watch TONS of YouTube tutorials related to filming. Pick one of the industry standard editing softwares and learn it! Premiere Pro, After Effects, Avid, or Final Cut. Read books and study the art of story telling. If you aren't patient, learn how to be! Editing and animation takes HOURS AND HOURS of work sitting at a computer. Really, hours upon hours.
"You shouldn't pass up a high paying job even if you don't like it because it may not come at you again."
I reminded myself many times that the most important thing to life is how much you enjoy it. In my belief you only have one of them and better to make the most of it. I have spent my time trying to find a place in society for my talents and have done so. I succeeded in this mainly because I persevered, kept my head up, respected others, listened, and mostly just remained as confident as possible yet humble. People take notice of these things and will just want to work with you.
Coming from a poor family makes college hard to afford, but there are tons of grants that you can earn, work study jobs, and if you need low interest gov't loans. Just make sure you know what you want to study first!
I actually was born in Germany and am of Hungarian descent, but I came over to the United States when I was 4. We were very poor but my parents always pushed for excellence in school and it paid off!