[Podcast] Ep107 Q&A: Finding an Agent, Should You Pursue Your Passion, and the Danger of Devaluing Your Rate to Land Your Next Gig

This episode is yet another installment of the Q&A series with my trusty sidekick Natalie Boschan. In this episode we discuss the psychology behind pursuing your passion as opposed to just getting the job done, we chat about the dangerous and slippery slope of devaluing yourself just to land the next gig, we talk about ways to stay active while traveling, and we also addressing the giant question many editors and creative professionals in the film industry face: Do I need an agent, and if so, how the heck do I get one?

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Zack’s childhood introduction to video editing
  • How to know if you need an agent
  • Natalie’s high school video work and how she learned she loved to edit
  • Understanding what agents can and can’t do for your career
  • Learning to work strategically with your agent
  • How to know if you’re cut out for the film industry
  • The problem with making movies for less money
  • Dealing with executives and learning how to price your work
  • Staying moving while on long trips
  • Preparing healthy food to eat while travelling

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This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”