This was a good exercise to refine the elevator pitch. I think the video editing process helps in real life to listen to myself speak and cut out a few things. Since this is what I do for a living it sticks in my head, and will help in the future.
This assignment was a good exercise in organizing a job opportunity list. I can think of a few other reasons for it as well. Especially on a video production that has multiple locations. This will make it easy to keep a crew informed. For this assignment, I like the ability to customize and add details, especially the links to the job listing. Still not something I need anytime soon, but very important to know for the future.
Networking Event: CineGear Los Angeles.
Cinegear is a multi-faceted industry event that features the latest in cinema equipment, master classes, as well as special screenings. Since I am a RED Cinema Camera owner myself, I closely follow the Facebook posts of RED CEO Jared Land. RED decided last year not to even attend NAB in Vegas anymore because Cinegear LA had become such an amazing event. Part film festival, part gear demo, and part networking event. It also helps that my parents live in Los Angeles and I can stay with them for free. http://www.cinegearexpo.com/
SD Media Pros is a professional networking group for people in all facets of video and cinema production to get together, learn from each other, and enhance the local industry in San Diego. This group meets once a month, always with a different purpose in mind. I have already attended several meetings of this group. There was an audio production meeting where the presenter, an Emmy Award winner, went through a variety of different set ups he uses in different circumstances from TV productions in a studio environment to more run and gun event production. There has been an editing event with both a Premiere Pro and and Final Cut expert giving presentations and taking questions. There was even a meeting with a writer from the hit TV show Major Crimes. As I graduate school and look to find time to work on my passion project, a more objective documentary on Edward Snowden than anything out so far, this group will certainly help fill out my production team. https://sdmediapros.org/
This was an interesting exercise as a starting point for me. I did not have a preexisting resume because I have my own company. As well, the results I got for the Jobscan site were a bit misleading. While I can do a better job of using more key words, the site misread the job title as “Special Projects”. In fact the title is “editor”. I think perhaps the format I used to make the resume did not allow everything to copy and paste as the system would have liked to scan properly. For future reference I should likely copy and scan in one section at a time. This scan site also recommends 750 words for a resume, yet the Lynda.com lesson specifically shows an example of a resume just like the one I did that is much shorter and to the point. I have done 250+ video projects in 3 years, if I really started getting into the proverbial weeds on them I could type forever. Much better to list the top couple recognizable names like Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate, and Mitsubishi Motors. Then the employer can ask me for more details in an interview.
I did have a bit of trouble with the formatting. I could not get MS Word to erase the second page. Trying to do that was incredibly frustrating and wasted a lot of precious time.. I think when I take it over to my editing computer in a day or so I can use Acrobat, or even Photoshop to eliminate that.
It’s nice to have some practise writing cover letters. Just as the LinkedIn assignment, I am glad I don’t need this right away. It does feel good to already have a job, and just apply the skills I have learned in MCBS to my ongoing work.
This was an interesting starting point for me to refine my LinkedIn profile. I have no use for it anytime soon as I have all the video clients I can handle right now. As the saying goes, chance favors the prepared mind. Preparing this profile now for the day when I do need it is something I am happy to be forced to start on.