Do you know what is the best and the worst part of running a YT channel? That I feel obligated to provide you value in some way. Usually, in a form of regularly uploaded YT videos.
Right... regularly 🙂
The truth is I'm unable to post regularly at the moment. I had a bunch of plans for the channel this year. And I'll get to them eventually but unfortunately, I need to postpone these plans.
So the video about the sound editing and the Save the Cat video are coming... but I don't know when.
This brings a question. Can you postpone your editing career if life gets in the way? Will it wait for you?
I recently realized that just like I'm not able to produce as much content as I wish I could, I also wouldn't be able to accept a dream-come-true editing gig if it came down my way.
And that thought really scares me.
Let's say I get a chance to edit a short film for Jim Cummings.
Seriously, I'd be so honored and just genuinely thrilled if given such an opportunity.
But at the moment I just couldn't take it.
It really, really scares me.
Probably I have nothing to worry about. No signs of such opportunities over the horizon right now. But I need to do something to change the situation before it's too late.
If you find yourself in a similar situation one day (I know you're extremely busy as well - that's the age we live in), identify the factor that stops you from doing the things you wish you could do.
In my case, it's mainly the housing situation I'm in. We've been living in a 40 sqm flat with two little kids for a few years and it's just far from ideal. So we're moving. Which is great but also time (and attention) consuming.
Don't get me wrong. I still have a lot of time for work. But unfortunately, I need to play a game of time investment vs. return.
And things like:
- my regular clients,
- the Editing Chef students,
- having time every day to spend with my family,
will just always go first.
But I still work on some things for the Cut to the Point channel. One of them is starting a podcast with Ricardo Cozzolino. More on that very soon.
I'm talking about it all because it shows how important it is to design your editing career.
If I want to edit a film for a director I admire, I better do something to be able to grab that opportunity when it emerges.
The first step is always realizing what kind of projects you want to work on.
Don't worry - you can always change your plan later. But having a plan, and a goal is important because it will let you say "no" to some things that just don't fall into your plan.
Just remember that the way your career progresses shouldn't be accidental. Obviously, luck still is a factor but you're much more likely to experience luck if you follow a plan. If you design your career proactively.
I'm crossing my fingers for you. And for myself. Good things are coming... they just have to wait.
And one more thing.
If life does get in a way, try not to blame yourself. It can backfire and hurt both your work and the people around you.
Instead, remember that the roadblocks will vanish eventually. Try to come up with a plan to overcome challenges, and just stay positive. At the end of the day, that's the best you can do for your future self and your editing career.
Have a great day!