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.
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.
Many of the students in my coaching & mentorship program come to me hoping to make a transition in their career where they have the skills already but they don’t have the specific experience. I was in that very same position when I landed my dream job editing Burn Notice. Here to lend a unique perspective to my “Burn Notice story” is ACE Editor Steve Lang, the catalyst for getting that job. Steve has cut over 120 hours of television in the past 24 years and worked on such shows as The Practice, The Gifted, Preacher, Rectify, and Manifest, to name just a select few. He took an unusual path to becoming an editor having held every role in the post-production department at one point or another. This experience gives him a well-rounded point of view of hiring editors and assistants and best practices for advancing your career…without getting pigeonholed. In this first part, you’ll hear how I got the job on Burn Notice from Steve’s perspective while also hearing the skills vs experience argument from someone on the hiring side.
In this article I’d like to take a much deeper dive down the rabbit hole to help you better understand the seven simple (not to be confused with easy) steps that can help you turn a cold contact into a connection, then a relationship, and potentially even your ideal mentor.
Discover the 3 types of mentors & how to pursue the right mentor for your goals.
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Consistency. Perseverance. Willingness to help others. Agustin Rexach embodies these principles. He shares how a service-centric mindset is essential for career success.
In Farrel’s own words she firmly believes:
“You can be proud of the work that you do and also proud of the fact that you’ve had a good life.”
Kabir Ahktar, ACE feels very strongly that:
“It’s really important to stay networking…However much you’re doing, it’s probably not enough.”
Seasoned editor, Andi Armaganian who successfully transitioned to director is here to inspire you to take the next major steps in your career.
For many, this pandemic has been paralyzing. For others, a motivating call to action. 3 amazing guests share how they’ve overcome obstacles…
Today’s guest, James Wilcox is here to debunk that myth that success is about waiting for opportunity to be bestowed upon you. And how to prepare…
Today I talk with 3 rising stars: Mirra Watkins, Ariel Brown, & Isaiah Cary about breaking into the film industry as people of color.
Monty DeGraff, ACE worked in post-production for 9 years before he met another black person. He’s an uplifting voice to mentorship & diversity in Hollywood.