Eddie Hamilton, ACE (Top Gun: Maverick, the last 3 Mission: Impossible films, Kick-Ass 1 & 2, and X-Men: First Class) and I candidly discuss his experience editing Top Gun: Maverick and what drove him to asking for help before it was too late.
At the epicenter of the conversation last August during the most contentious portion of the IATSE contract negotiation was perhaps the IA Stories Instagram account where IATSE members discovered they weren’t alone in enduring the horrors of working in Hollywood: Burnout, abusive working conditions, and sacrificing everything – including even their lives – to simply keep their jobs in the entertainment industry was apparently everyone’s story.
As creative professionals, the pressure to come up with new ideas and be daring is stressful at best, and debilitating at worst. This pressure leads to limiting beliefs, imposter syndrome, and procrastination. And if it persists over long periods of time…even total burnout. What if there was a better approach to reinventing yourself, your work, and even your health & body image so you could fully tap into your limitless creativity?
Two members of the costume department discuss the realities of working in Hollywood production, how they’ve been exploited, and most importantly what steps we can take to affect positive change in the entertainment industry.
In this community Q&A I have a candid conversation with my coaching students about how we can set proper boundaries and avoid exploitation…because whether we like it or not, a contract isn’t going to save us.
I and the Optimizer coaching & mentorship community discuss the upcoming strike vote and what we can do to support better working conditions in our industry for years (and decades) to come.
Never let others determine your value. Only you can determine your value. Are you willing to speak up for the respect you deserve?
Learn from tentpole Hollywood feature film editor Alan Bell, ACE how he maintain healthy habits & routines to maintain optimal levels of creativity while working on the biggest projects in Hollywood.
Mob Scene co-founder and CEO Tom Grane discusses the importance of building team cultures that foster work-life balance and creativity, and he also shares what it takes to work for a company at the level of Mob Scene.
Learn from award-winning ACE editor Michelle Tesoro how success comes with a price and how she does her best to manage work-life balance and relationships despite the constant demands of her career.
Learn how (and why) a former NHL hockey player made the transition to becoming a well-known and respected editor, consultant, and thought leader.
As the recently elected President of American Cinema Editors (ACE), Kevin Tent is leading the charge to make working smarter instead of harder in the edit bay one of his top priorities. He’s dedicated to making changes like taking regular walk breaks, adding in meditation, and even taking an occasional nap to enhance your creativity and get you through the day with more energy left over for your family and yourself when work is done. If you want to know how one of the top names in the feature editing game stays sharp and continues to work at such a high level, today’s conversation is for you.
I don’t know about you, but my brain is like an endless news ticker reminding me of the growing tasks, activities, ambitions, and must-do’s that I need to accomplish to prove my worth as a human. No sooner do I start one checklist item and I’m already thinking of the next. It’s been ingrained in me that striving, achieving, and accomplishing must be happening at all times!
You can’t survive 50 years in post-production working on some of the biggest films of all time without knowing how to take care of yourself. This is episode is a MUST LISTEN for anyone hoping to have a long-lasting and successful career as an editor.
Having edited such films as E.T., The Big Chill, and The Accidental Tourist (to name a few), Carol Littleton knows what it takes to survive working in post for the long haul. Learn her strategies for staying sharp and energetic in the cutting room.