Did you grow up reading comics and/or watching superheroes on television?
I grew up watching Xena: Warrior Princess, Gargoyles (the animated series), and anything else my dad had playing on the TV. When the first Spider-Man movie came out, that was it – I was hooked! I also fell in love with the Batman Triology directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. I later found a fondness for Iron Man starring Robert Downy Jr. When it comes down to it, though, it was my dad that influenced my tastes. I watched everything he did and loved all of it.
What were your previous occupations and how do you use those experiences towards your current job?
I’ve worked for PGA Tour, eLearning Brothers, and LEO Learning. I also currently freelance for several clients. All of these experiences have taught be to be extremely organized by keeping a folder file system on my computer to keep track of projects, remembering to clock my time, and keeping a cohesive schedule. PGA Tour taught me how to be organized and how to collaborate with a team. LEO Learning taught me how to work with big clients and work in a small team effectively. My freelance jobs have taught me to be open to suggestions and to be creative with ideas. I also have to remember to notify clients when taking vacation time and unable to work for them. I have also found that creating a contract ahead of time is important for communicating necessary information to the client as well as protecting myself.
Do you have a favorite superhero/superheroine? If so, who?
My favorite superhero is Captain Marvel, formally known as Ms. Marvel. She is a tough woman who can take on anyone that Iron Man or Captain American can – she even led half the Avengers team in Civil War II (comic series) and came out the winner. Captain Marvel is their equal in every aspect. She goes through the struggles any working woman may come across, but always comes out on top. It is great to see Marvel put so much energy into a female superhero. I’m excited to see her Hollywood movie in 2019. Wonder Woman just had a movie come out, and it was amazing to see a female superhero on the big screen.
Who, or what, inspired you to go into video editing?
I always have loved filming. Ever since I was a young kid, my friends and I would make videos about anything and everything. I still have three huge bins of costumes and props in my parents’ basement. My parents are waiting until I have a place big enough so they can dump my junk back on me! I first starting filming when VHS cameras were popular, then upgraded to a cassette camera. Now I work with digital Sony PXW-FS7 4K cameras at work. I do a lot of video editing and motion graphics, but it always brings back memories when I get to hold a video camera in my hands.
If you could have one superpower for a day, what would that be and what would you do with it?
Like most people, my superpower would be flight. If I couldn’t choose flight, however, I would pick a healing ability. I would like to be able to cure mental illnesses and physical injuries. The idea of being able to go all over the world and bring peace to anyone I encounter would be very humbling.
What advice would you give to young girls who are interested in video editing?
I would tell them to dive head first into it. The entertainment industry is very rewarding, but very male dominant. However, I have recently noticed a lot of girls applying for internships. Maybe in ten years we will see a difference in that more woman will be involved in this industry. I would also suggest knowing the Creative Suite programs, Final Cut Pro, AVID, and to know a little about motion graphics. It never hurts to be over qualified for something because it might lead you down a path that you never expected you would love. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you truly love it. I’ve had jobs where I count every hour until I can escape and other jobs where it’s the end of the day and I feel like I just got there. When it comes to negotiating your salary, always do it; never just take what is handed to you. Remember your talent and know your worth. If you have the experience, come to the table with a number in mind. Get an internship in college and take those experiences and apply them to your future jobs. Keep your chin up, speak up, and don’t doubt yourself. If you work hard, people will notice and respect you for it. My greatest piece of advice would be to always be yourself because when you reach the top, you’ll be proud to know it was you and not someone you were trying to be.
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