If you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over (particularly when it comes to burnout and over committing to too many projects), or if you feel as if you’ve been ‘paying your dues’ far longer than you anticipated, this conversation is for you.
Ep194: How ‘The Great Resignation’ Caused Us to Question Everything About the Way We Work (and How to Quit if It’s Time to Move On) | with Anthony Klotz
In this candid and deep conversation, Anthony provides not only answers but also specific action steps you can take to help you decide if a job is worth sticking with or not, and if it is genuinely time to move on how you can do so without destroying valuable relationships along the way.
Ep172: [CASE STUDY] Landing Your Dream Job Isn’t About “Luck,” It’s About Strategy | with Fabian Corrado & Nick Towle
When Optimizer students Nick Towle and Fabian Corrado originally came to me, neither one of them knew each other. But they both knew they were tired of the jobs they had, they felt stuck after trying for years to make a seemingly impossible career change, and they were ready to do anything to get on the right path.
Ep160: Convincing People You Can Do The Job (When You Don’t Have the Credits) | with Chris Patterson
Learn how Chris Patterson, an incredibly successful 1st AE on top-tier features, overcame his networking struggles to land a gig on a feature as the lead editor.
Ep159: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs (and Lack of Experience) to Break Into Scripted Television | with Marcella Garcia
Learn how Mexican-American editor Marcella Garcia overcame her limiting beliefs (and lack of experience in long form) to break into the world of scripted television.
Ep145: [CASE STUDY] Navigating a Difficult Career Transition | with Sam Lavin
Learn how writer/director Sam Lavin made the transition from 2nd to 1st AD, and how she’s developed laser-sharp focus to make sure her next step is landing in the director’s chair.
Ep135: The “Playbook” For Building a Successful Career in Scripted TV | with Steve Lang, ACE (pt2)
ACE Editor Steven Lang has helped countless numbers of his assistants get into the editing chair and move on to successful careers. In this part two is Steve’s philosophy on mentoring his assistants, how he approaches his editor’s cuts, and his best advice for making the transition from assistant to editor. We also dive into Steve’s work habits, his lifestyle choices, and how he has learned to balance his intense focus abilities to avoid wreaking havoc on his health and relationships.
Ep104: How to Keep Working As An Editor (After You’ve Made the Transition From AE) | with Susan Vaill, ACE
Director, editor, and mentor Susan Vaill, ACE discuss with Zack Arnold, ACE the many pitfalls, politics, and unanswered questions that must be answered once a new editor has made the transition from being an assistant.
Ep76: Transitioning to Scripted Television (Without Becoming an AE) | with Phil Habeger & Toni Ann Carabello
Becoming an AE (assistant editor) isn’t the only path to editing scripted television. Learn more in my conversation with experienced reality editors Phil Habeger and Toni Ann Carabello as they explore their options.
Ep71: To Assist or Not to Assist…That Is the Question (pt 2) | with Wellington Harrison
Choosing between the assist editing route vs the editing route is not an easy choice. Learn why becoming an indie editor is the best route for Wellington Harrison in part 2 of this podcast interview.
Ep70: To Assist or Not to Assist…That Is the Question (pt 1) | with Chris Cavanagh
Choosing between the assist editing route vs the editing route is not an easy choice. Learn why becoming an assistant was the best route for Chris Cavanagh in part 1 of this podcast interview.
Ep62: [CASE STUDY] Transitioning to Scripted Television | with Len Ciccotello
Learn how documentary and special features editor Len Ciccotello transitioned to working in scripted television using just a few simple steps.
Ep40: Breaking “Bad” From Assistant to Editor | with Kelley Dixon, ACE (pt 2)
In part 2 of our conversation today we dive as deep as I’ve ever gone into all of the steps necessary to climb from the bottom of the ladder to the top in Hollywood. We go over all the details of Kelley’s “overnight success story” where it took her just short of 20 years of being an assistant editor before exploding onto the scene with Breaking Bad.
Ep39: Breaking “Bad” From Assistant to Editor | with Kelley Dixon, ACE (pt 1)
Learn how superstar television editor Kelley Dixon rose from assistant to the top of her game…and all the dirty details in between.
Ep15: Transitioning From ‘Reality TV’ to Scripted Drama | with Monica Daniel
Learn how an accomplished reality TV editor successfully transitioned to working in scripted television.