Eddie Hamilton, ACE (Top Gun: Maverick, the last 3 Mission: Impossible films, Kick-Ass 1 & 2, and X-Men: First Class) and I talk about his early career choices and how he was able to become one of the top feature editors in the world…without ever going to film school.
In this community Q&A, I and my coaching students discuss how to ensure that a potential opportunity can meet both our creative and lifestyle needs so the job doesn’t become “just another paycheck” at the expense of our health, our relationships, and our sanity.
Learn what it really takes to get the attention of the biggest writers & producers in Hollywood so you can work on projects you love while also being treated with respect.
Learn from award-winning producer/writer/director Mark Gantt how to overcome a troubled past, limiting beliefs, and imposter syndrome to make sh*t happen (without waiting for someone else’s permission).
Learn how to apply the strategies in chess to achieve any seemingly impossible goal in your life, and better manage the failure along the way.
Award-winning editor Michelle Tesoro discusses how to strategically apply the chess mentality to take the right steps in your career (instead of jumping from one gig to the next playing a game of checkers).
Paul Leonard is one of those rare species of producers that has both editors and show runners alike wanting to work with him again and again. In today’s conversation Paul candidly shares his thoughts on what gets editors and AE’s hired, and what qualities he likes his editors to possess in the bay. He combines a winning charm with a no BS approach that has earned him the well-deserved reputation for making great shows while also keeping his team happy and sane. Paul has worked in television post production for 23 years and is best known for Co-producing Battlestar Galactica which earned 15 Emmy nominations (with three collective wins). He recently wrapped up a job at Marvel where he was one of the vice presidents of TV Post Production before deciding to go back to freelance producing.
When it comes to working the brutal hours that have become the norm in entertainment, negotiating for better pay, and fighting to make changes in industry standards, most of us feel helpless (and hopeless) about where to even begin. What if we were paid for the value we bring to a project rather than the number of hours we clock in each day? Today’s guest Scott Jacobs, a longtime editor, AE, and MPEG board member, tackles this question with me. If you’re interested in having a little bit more ammunition to advocate for a job that is more focused on value than hours, and most importantly working smarter (and not harder), my conversation with Scott is a must-listen.
Kabir Ahktar, ACE feels very strongly that:
“It’s really important to stay networking…However much you’re doing, it’s probably not enough.”
Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: I said “No” to a job…a great job…for a HUGE network…during a pandemic.
Be nice. Could it possibly be that simple? In Hollywood, it seems “nice guys finish last” – untrue. Jesse Averna shows us how compassion leads to success.
NYT Bestselling author of ‘I Will Teach You to Be Rich’ Ramit Sethi discusses personal finances and starting an online business with Zack Arnold, ACE.
Assistant editor Richard Sanchez found himself working on the same projects over and over that led his career nowhere. Then Richard decided it was time to create career opportunities instead of wait for them.
CEO & Founder of EditStock and Editor mentor Misha Tenebaum discusses his journey from a former assistant editor in scripted television to becoming a successful full-time entrepreneur.
TV Editor Monica Daniel joins the Optimizer community Q&A to discuss how to provide value to others but also get paid for that value instead of giving everything away for free.
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