[Podcast] Ep78: Tactics vs Strategies (And Why You Need to Know the Difference)

It’s so easy to get distracted by the latest “shiny object,” and the latest tips & tactics for how to get healthy or even to get ahead in your career. But sometimes you have to take a step back from all the noise and start thinking about your strategies, whether you’re dealing with your health, your career, or your whole life.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with unscripted editor and author Jeff Bartsch about the moment he realized his paycheck wasn’t enough to justify his brutal lifestyle editing hit TV shows, and what he has done since that moment to change his work schedule and his outlook on life.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • How Jeff worked so hard that he ended up in the emergency room
  • The price tag Jeff would put on his health
  • You need to regulate your hours and pay, not an external force (read: the world will not fix your problems)
  • Tactics vs. strategies
  • How Jeff brings the human aspect into his work
  • Why American Ninja Warrior is so popular (hint: it’s not just the obstacles) 
  • “The things behind the thing”
  • Being a good editor doesn’t just come “naturally” –you’ve got to PUT IN THE WORK ← Talent is overrated
  • The quality of a project and the people you work with really matters
  • Jeff’s article about choosing the right project
  • Why Jeff decided to get healthy
  • Stop counting calories! It won’t make you skinny! 
  • Jeff’s personal push up challenge
  • You don’t have to do it all at once, you just have to start
  • What you measure, you can improve upon (yes, I talk about this again–CAUSE IT WORKS)
  • If you don’t know why you want to do something, it makes it harder to do that thing
  • “You can accomplish great physical things without being an elite athlete”

Useful Links:

The Power Edit

The Power Edit Facebook Group

Edit Better: Hollywood-Tested Strategies for Powerful Video Editing

FiP Podcast Ep60: Walter Murch on Surviving 50+ Years in Post

In the Blink of An Eye by Walter Murch

Making It In Hollywood as a “Creative” with Norman Hollyn

Why We Get Fat

Guest Bio:

Jeff Bartsch built his career in Hollywood as an editor of unscripted content for ABC, NBC, Universal, Disney, ESPN, MTV, and many others. His commentary on editing and the entertainment industry have been featured in multiple textbooks, The Associated Press, USA Today, and Time Magazine. He is the author of Edit Better: Hollywood-Tested Strategies for Powerful Video Editing, and is the founder of ThePowerEdit.com, which serves professional and amateur video editors in over 40 countries across 6 continents. Jeff lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and their German Shepherd named Saint.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, 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).”