How I Got Started in the Industry
Published on 11th January 2017
It can be difficult to get your first break into the creative industries, especially if you're a freelancer. We spoke to Chris Young about how got started in the industry.
Hi Chris, can you tell us about your role and where you're working?
I'm a freelance editor, in a very broad sense. I work mainly with Television and Advertising, but also with Features and Shorts, and Online Content too. I work as both an Offline Editor (Cutting the project together) and as an Online Editor (Titles, Graphics, Grade etc etc) I am sometimes hired to do both roles, but mainly hired to be one or the other. I am currently working as an Online Editor with Viceland. As well as providing Online services for new programming there, I am also involved in reversioning their US shows for European broadcast, and also work on Promo's and Web Content for them. Sometimes Creative, Sometimes Technical, but always different and challenging!
How did you get started in the industry?
Like most people in the Film and TV Industry, I got started from the ground up, as a runner. I spent almost a year out of university looking for work, until I was employed by a Soho post house, Onsight, as runner. This lasted for just under six months, when I moved into the Edit Assistant team, and from there I was given a very big opportunity to work in the Online department, and ended up working there for about 4 years.
If you could have done anything differently what would it have been?
I think I have been very lucky in my career, and have managed to jump leaps and bounds in a very short space of time. If anything I would try and appreciate the opportunities given to me more, and really take advantage of every door opened.
Can you tell us what you're working on right now?
I am working on quite a few projects, both personally and in Freelance land. I am very busy with new shows at Viceland right now, but I am also in the post production stages of a short film which I wrote and shot in November. My partner is a VFX Artist, and we are doing some very cool stuff. It’s about the end of the world, so it’s going to have lots of cool Fire and Destructive effects, which is daunting but fun! A few other things going on but it’s all NDA and hush hush, like a lot of things in this industry.
What advice would you give those looking to get into TV/Film?
Explore all your options, it’s such a vast industry. Go and get some internships. There are Events and Talks and Social meets all around London and other cities. Go to them! Make contacts. Don't be afraid of failure or setbacks. It’s a very competitive world, but if you are confident and persistent and willing to work hard, you can get really far and achieve great things.
You can take a look at Chris' work and projects on his website HERE
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