Making the transition from assistant to editor is never an easy one. There isn’t a roadmap that everyone can follow, everyone’s path is different. In today’s episode I chat with Minority Report editor Tyler Cook about the steps we believe are important for assistants to follow if they want to sit in the editor’s chair someday. This conversation applies to scripted, documentary, reality, marketing, you name it. This is not about technology, it’s about what it takes to get noticed.
Although he’s relatively young, Tyler’s success did not happen overnight. Tyler worked hard as a college student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a small conservatory for the arts at the University of North Carolina, then transitioned to assisting on indie features and eventually made his way to scripted television.
I spoke with Tyler about his career path and how he was able to move through the ranks of intern, assistant editor and editor so quickly. Not only does he talk about essential skills an assistant editor needs to make it as an editor, but also how important it is to have a positive work ethic.
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- Tyler’s background and starting as an assistant editor on indie features
- Essentials skills and ways to demonstrate your passion and dedication
- Tyler’s career trajectory and how he was bumped up on Vampire Diaries
- No excuses! Work hard and do your job well
- How you can demonstrate your passion for the work in your own way
- Take care of the small stuff
- Ask lots of questions and get clarification when you don’t understand something
- You need to pay attention when doing dailies…and everything else! Pay attention to details!
- Storytelling through your sound work
- How vital sound work can be for those watching your cut
- Let your intentions be known, but make sure you do the job you are hired to do
- Do the extra work and go the extra mile to demonstrate your skills and dedication
- Take initiative — ask your editor if you can shadow him/her (once you’re done with your work)
- How to conduct yourself in the room with directors and producers
- How editors can help train their assistants in a productive and safe way
- Taking care of yourself can make all the difference when you’re trying to make it to the next level