Stepping Away from Edit Video Faster

As I write this it’s 4:39am. I’ve been up since 4:00am fighting heartburn. Is it from dinner? Is it from last night’s whiskey? Is it because I’m turning 30 tomorrow and this is what getting older feels like? I’ve been attempting to write this post for months but haven’t been able to find the words. I can’t … Read more

Straight Up Hard Work

I had just turned 18. I was covered in a cold sweat from the February gymnasium air. I had my red, white and blue wrestling singlet on. My black Nike mesh shorts. My Asics black and white wrestling shoes tied way too tight like always. My headgear laid on the floor next to me as … Read more

Ways to Gain Confidence as a Video Editor

Hey there! In this vlog I talk about 3 ways to gain confidence as a video editor. Do you have any ideas of ways to gain confidence as a video editor? Leave me your thoughts below! – Josh

8 Lessons from 12 Weeks of Freelancing

Today begins my by 13th week of freelancing. I’m (verrrrrry) far from saying I’m comfortable. However I’ve never been happier with my employment situation or made more money than I am at this very moment. I’ve also never had this much uncertainty on where I’m finding my paycheck each week or never worked so hard. … Read more

Finding Clients as a Freelance Video Editor

Hey there! In this short vlog I talk about the 3 ways I’m trying to find clients as a freelance video editor. This is the Cmd+Edit Podcast episode I mentioned. Lastly, if you’re new around here I highly recommend checking out the Start Here page. – Josh

Catching Up

  It’s been one of those weeks for me when it feels like the deck is stacked against you. Literally every move you make is countered with one that puts you an extra step backwards. Phew. Since this is the case I’d like to just write about what’s on my mind instead of getting into … Read more

Why Media Management is Important

Media Management is one of the *most* important parts to being a video editor. In this video I’ll explain why. So…Media Management. How important is it to you? Leave a thought in the comments please!

The Fundamental Flaw in the Profession of Video Editing

Fundamental Flaw in the Profession of Video Editing

There’s a fundamental flaw in the profession of video editing.

When a carpenter goes to work they have their tools – a hammer, a saw, a drill, a screwdriver and a pickup truck filled with a hundred other tools. Each tool has it own job and does it’s own little thing when the carpenter is building something. Every once in awhile a new tool will come around that’ll make things easier for the carpenter. He or she can decide whether or not to learn how to use that tool and whether it should be added to their tool belt.

Editors face a similar situation except that the growth of new tools is out of control. Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Anything that’ll make our lives easier as editors is awesome. However there’s a point where we physically cannot keep up with the rate of new tools available to us. Then we get docked for not knowing this one random piece of software and might lose out on a job or gig over it.

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12 Things I Wish I Knew About Being a Video Editor When I Was 22

Hey there! I tried something a little different for this video. It’s about the 12 things that I wish I knew about being a video editor when I was 22. This style video is very new to me. If you liked it and want to see more let me know in the comments or by … Read more

Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts Exam

I want you to become a keyboard shortcut master. If you know the keyboard shortcuts and understand their functions, you’ll be a faster video editor. That means you finish projects sooner, get paid faster and make your bosses and clients happier. When I was learning Media Composer I wish I had a way to check my progress. I didn’t. … Read more