Atlanta, Georgia, United States
We in the post-production community live at the crossroads of creativity and technology. In my job, I have the unique opportunity to work on high profile projects with the latest technology.
I have been working in television since 1982 and am an IT Business Consultant for ATOM (Architecture, Technology and Operations for Media) part of the Global Technology and Operations group within Turner Broadcasting (TBS Inc.), a division of Time Warner Inc.
Our networks (TNT, TBS, Cartoon, TCM and more) allow us unprecedented collaboration with them on their projects. We also partner with leading vendors to consistently have the finest tools to practice our craft.
Here’s a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• How to present your work.
• How to craft you resume and speak the language of television and technology.
• What to learn, avenues for free learning and options for paid assistance to gain skills to strengthen your career.
• How to find work/life balance.
• The truth about what it takes to work in post-production that should provoke introspection to determine if this is the right career for you.
• Bonus: networking for video folks!
I have NO magic checklists but can provide a lot of advice, connections and support to someone who is truly dedicated to becoming an editor, assist, or even a producer. It takes time to hone your skills but yes, you can make a nice living while working in a fun environment.
I am an Emmy award-winning editor and producer with 30+ years of experience in broadcast television with a specialty in the promotion/creative services area. I have received two Southeast Regional Emmys, one for Outstanding Achievement Craft Excellence-Editing and one for Outstanding Achievement Craft Excellence-Producer. I am well versed in both the technical and creative aspects of digital video.
I am also a founding member of the Atlanta Cutters. ATL Cutters Inc. is a 501(c)(6) business support group that provides networking for its members as well as informational and training opportunities for vendors, while promoting our talent here in metro Atlanta.
One of the most important lessons I have learned while working in this business is the importance of networking. I really thought it was for sales people or the folks in the local Chamber of Commerce. I didn't understand how it applied to our industry.
However, I soon realized that others' perception of you is critical to success. The word-of-mouth about you and your skills must be positive. Likewise, no one will recommend you in this business without you proving your worth to them. Their reputation is at stake, too.
Networking is creating a great brand about you, first and foremost. Then it's helping others, connecting folks with jobs or recommending solutions to problems. Networking is a part of all that you do. It's not just witty cocktail hour banter.