Peter Szijarto

Peter Szijarto

Video Editor & Animator


Freelancer

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Developed a passion for computers and film as a child.
Took college computer programming classes in high school.
The programming I learned was boring so I decided to enroll in art school in media arts.
Graduated in 2008 when the economy tanked. Could not find a video editing job anywhere.
Worked as a call center phone operator in 2009 for two years.
2 years later I quit. Walked dogs. Painted houses. Started a design company.
Closed the design company and started taking any film/tv related job I could get.
As of 2014, freelance full-time as a video editor w/ 50+ credits & work w/ amazing people everyday.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Virginia Commonwealth University
Career

Career

Video Editor & Animator

I am digital and multimedia creator.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Television
Television
Design
Design
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

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.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

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!

Advice for Getting Started

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.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"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.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

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!

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

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!