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DIRECTOR / TEACHER: When I Was A Junior In High School I Already Knew I Wanted To Do Something With Cameras

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CB shares her story about being a director and a teacher. She talks about how she got involved in cinematography and why after college she decided to work in a lighting and camera department at a movie studio. CB also talks about how she went from working in Hollywood to creating her own production company and how she uses her skills as a teacher to teach young people about video production.

Degree: Education - Film and Digital Media
Job Title: Director / Teacher
Employer: Self Employed

Job Summary: Film and Video Editors

Job Description

Film and video editors and camera operators record images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors construct the final productions from the many different images camera operators capture. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production.

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Additional Info

Most film editors have had several years of experience in related jobs before they are given an opportunity as an editor. They normally start out as an edit room assistant, taking notes or doing other simple tasks for an editor, before becoming an assistant editor. After several years of learning about editing as an assistant, they may be given an opportunity as an editor. Like camera operators, editors typically start out on small productions and move on to bigger and more expensive ones as they gain experience.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
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Indoor, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Detail oriented, Hand-eye coordination, Technical skills, Teamwork
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m='11690'>is</span> <span m='11860'>no</span> <span m='12000'>typical</span> <span m='12440'>day.</span> <span m='12710'>On</span> <span m='12890'>some</span> <span m='13140'>days</span> <span m='13500'>I</span> <span m='13610'>might</span> <span m='13840'>be</span> <span m='13990'>out</span> <span m='14350'>doing</span> <span m='14650'>a shoot</span> <span m='14980'>with</span> <span m='15120'>a</span> <span m='15220'>client,</span> <span m='15770'>other</span> <span m='15970'>days</span> <span m='16230'>I</span> <span m='16280'>might</span> <span m='16500'>be</span> <span m='16600'>in</span> <span m='16710'>the</span> <span m='16790'>office</span> <span m='17840'>editing</span> <span m='18290'>or</span> <span m='18410'>working</span> <span m='18820'>with</span> <span m='19000'>an</span> <span m='19120'>editor.</span> <span m='19920'>I</span> <span m='20010'>might</span> <span m='20200'>be</span> <span m='20310'>processing</span> <span m='20940'>paperwork.</span> <span m='22070'>And</span> <span m='22230'>I</span> <span m='22300'>teach,</span> <span m='22670'>and</span> <span m='22760'>I</span> <span m='22820'>teach</span> <span m='23140'>two</span> <span m='23310'>days a week.</span> </p><p><span m='24120'>When</span> <span m='24300'>I</span> <span m='24370'>was</span> <span m='24540'>in</span> <span m='24640'>high</span> <span m='24810'>school,</span> <span m='25370'>when</span> <span m='25510'>I</span> <span m='25560'>was</span> <span m='25790'>a</span> <span m='25980'>junior</span> <span m='26390'>in</span> <span m='26470'>high</span> <span m='26660'>school,</span> <span m='27110'>I</span> <span m='27250'>already</span> <span m='27480'>knew</span> <span m='27690'>I</span> <span m='27770'>wanted</span> <span m='28040'>to</span> <span m='28150'>do</span> <span m='28290'>something</span> <span m='28640'>with</span> <span m='28830'>cameras.</span> <span m='29850'>I</span> <span m='30010'>learned</span> <span m='30360'>a</span> <span m='30410'>little</span> <span m='30700'>bit</span> <span m='30930'>about</span> <span m='31200'>the</span> <span m='31280'>film</span> <span m='31550'>industry</span> <span m='31980'>and</span> <span m='32000'>decided</span> <span m='32470'>I</span> <span m='32520'>wanted</span> <span m='32860'>to</span> <span m='32960'>be</span> <span m='33120'>a</span> <span m='33170'>cinematographer.</span> <span m='34360'>I</span> <span m='34450'>went</span> <span m='34720'>to</span> <span m='34830'>school</span> <span m='35230'>for</span> <span m='35380'>that.</span> <span m='36480'>Not</span> <span m='36680'>only</span> <span m='36900'>did</span> <span m='37060'>I</span> <span m='37110'>get</span> <span m='37310'>a</span> <span m='37800'>bachelor's</span> <span m='38260'>degree</span> <span m='38580'>but</span> <span m='38720'>I</span> <span m='38800'>also</span> <span m='39050'>got</span> <span m='39250'>a</span> <span m='39310'>master's</span> <span m='40070'>in</span> <span m='40200'>cinema</span> <span m='40620'>and</span> <span m='40760'>television</span> <span m='41390'>from</span> <span m='41590'>a</span> <span m='42360'>top</span> <span m='42690'>school</span> <span m='42950'>in</span> <span m='42990'>Los</span> <span m='43240'>Angeles.</span> </p><p><span m='44280'>And</span> <span m='44430'>after</span> <span m='44790'>I</span> <span m='44830'>left</span> <span m='45070'>film</span> <span m='45340'>school,</span> <span m='46060'>I</span> <span m='46270'>actually</span> <span m='46830'>didn't</span> <span m='47100'>tell</span> <span m='47320'>anyone</span> <span m='47810'>I</span> <span m='47910'>had</span> <span m='47980'>gone</span> <span m='48260'>to</span> <span m='48380'>film</span> <span m='48630'>school.</span> <span m='49440'>And</span> <span m='49610'>I</span> <span m='49690'>went</span> <span m='50040'>and</span> <span m='50190'>I</span> <span m='50260'>worked</span> <span m='50750'>with</span> <span m='51110'>the</span> <span m='51210'>union</span> <span m='51560'>guys.</span> <span m='51900'>I</span> <span m='51950'>worked</span> <span m='52330'>in</span> <span m='52420'>the</span> <span m='52530'>lighting</span> <span m='52790'>department.</span> <span m='53390'>I</span> <span m='53450'>worked</span> <span m='53700'>in</span> <span m='53750'>the</span> <span m='53850'>camera</span> <span m='54190'>department.</span> <span m='55940'>And</span> <span m='56490'>learned</span> <span m='57380'>everything</span> <span m='57860'>from</span> <span m='58010'>the</span> <span m='58110'>ground</span> <span m='58480'>up</span> <span m='58770'>again,</span> <span m='59250'>it</span> <span m='59320'>was</span> <span m='59490'>almost</span> <span m='59800'>like</span> <span m='59990'>I</span> <span m='60040'>went</span> <span m='60290'>to</span> <span m='60420'>university</span> <span m='60990'>twice.</span> <span m='61890'>Because</span> <span m='62210'>of</span> <span m='62310'>course</span> <span m='62540'>the</span> <span m='62630'>university</span> <span m='63180'>teaches</span> <span m='63570'>you</span> <span m='63720'>how</span> <span m='63880'>to</span> <span m='63960'>be</span> <span m='64110'>a</span> <span m='64160'>director,</span> <span m='64830'>or</span> <span m='65019'>how</span> <span m='65190'>to</span> <span m='65280'>be</span> <span m='65580'>in</span> <span m='65720'>charge</span> <span m='66090'>of</span> <span m='66200'>the</span> <span m='66310'>crew,</span> <span m='66770'>but</span> <span m='66970'>I</span> <span m='67050'>really</span> <span m='67300'>wanted</span> <span m='67650'>to</span> <span m='67780'>learn</span> <span m='68010'>how</span> <span m='68200'>to</span> <span m='68390'>be</span> <span m='68990'>part</span> <span m='69240'>of</span> <span m='69380'>the</span> <span m='69480'>crew.</span> <span m='69760'>So</span> <span m='69900'>I</span> <span m='69970'>did</span> <span m='70180'>that</span> <span m='70410'>for</span> <span m='70530'>a</span> <span m='70580'>few</span> <span m='70840'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='71720'>And</span> <span m='72100'>so</span> <span m='72260'>I</span> <span m='72400'>started,</span> <span m='73190'>little</span> <span m='73480'>by</span> <span m='73640'>little,</span> <span m='74040'>producing</span> <span m='74630'>projects--</span> <span m='75320'>actually</span> <span m='75710'>putting</span> <span m='76030'>together</span> <span m='76390'>the</span> <span m='76500'>budget,</span> <span m='77370'>putting</span> <span m='77620'>together</span> <span m='78000'>the</span> <span m='78170'>team,</span> <span m='79060'>going</span> <span m='79400'>out</span> <span m='79570'>and</span> <span m='79630'>applying</span> <span m='80170'>for</span> <span m='80360'>grants--</span> <span m='81140'>so</span> <span m='81340'>that</span> <span m='81520'>I</span> <span m='81610'>could</span> <span m='81790'>hire</span> <span m='82230'>myself</span> <span m='83050'>as</span> <span m='83340'>the</span> <span m='83430'>cinematographer.</span> <span m='84490'>So</span> <span m='84890'>I'm</span> <span m='85180'>sort</span> <span m='85380'>of</span> <span m='85510'>in LA,</span> <span m='86680'>I'm</span> <span m='86890'>working</span> <span m='87220'>my</span> <span m='87340'>craft.</span> <span m='88040'>I'm</span> <span m='88770'>gaining</span> <span m='89090'>new</span> <span m='89260'>opportunities.</span> <span m='90190'>I'm</span> <span m='90350'>developing</span> <span m='90930'>my</span> <span m='91050'>skills.</span> </p><p><span m='91980'>And</span> <span m='92170'>what</span> <span m='92350'>should</span> <span m='92510'>happen</span> <span m='92930'>but,</span> <span m='93360'>I</span> <span m='93480'>got</span> <span m='93690'>pregnant.</span> <span m='94400'>I</span> <span m='94500'>got</span> <span m='94650'>pregnant</span> <span m='94980'>with</span> <span m='95150'>twins.</span> <span m='96560'>And</span> <span m='97250'>even</span> <span m='98290'>though</span> <span m='98370'>I</span> <span m='98450'>was</span> <span m='98780'>30</span> <span m='99280'>at</span> <span m='99490'>the</span> <span m='99580'>time,</span> <span m='100450'>that's</span> <span m='100680'>a</span> <span m='100760'>life</span> <span m='101010'>changing</span> <span m='101500'>moment.</span> <span m='102260'>And</span> <span m='102430'>it</span> <span m='102550'>also</span> <span m='102910'>meant</span> <span m='103400'>that</span> <span m='103770'>if</span> <span m='103930'>I</span> <span m='103980'>was</span> <span m='104190'>going</span> <span m='104300'>to</span> <span m='104370'>continue</span> <span m='104870'>to</span> <span m='104960'>work</span> <span m='105250'>in</span> <span m='105420'>Hollywood</span> <span m='105930'>in</span> <span m='106030'>the</span> <span m='106120'>film</span> <span m='106380'>business,</span> <span m='107380'>that</span> <span m='107450'>I</span> <span m='107520'>was</span> <span m='107730'>going</span> <span m='107850'>to</span> <span m='107890'>have</span> <span m='108100'>to</span> <span m='108210'>pay</span> <span m='108520'>somebody</span> <span m='108930'>else</span> <span m='109170'>to</span> <span m='109300'>raise</span> <span m='109550'>my</span> <span m='109700'>children.</span> <span m='110580'>Because</span> <span m='110840'>the</span> <span m='110950'>hours</span> <span m='111320'>are</span> <span m='111430'>really</span> <span m='111650'>long.</span> <span m='112470'>Frequently</span> <span m='113080'>I</span> <span m='113130'>was</span> <span m='113340'>working</span> <span m='114730'>50</span> <span m='115110'>or</span> <span m='115190'>60</span> <span m='115580'>hours</span> <span m='115950'>a</span> <span m='116020'>week,</span> <span m='116805'>and</span> <span m='117170'>it</span> <span m='117330'>meant</span> <span m='117610'>I</span> <span m='117650'>was</span> <span m='117830'>never</span> <span m='118080'>going</span> <span m='118190'>to</span> <span m='118240'>get</span> <span m='118430'>to</span> <span m='118520'>see</span> <span m='118690'>my</span> <span m='118860'>kids.</span> </p><p><span m='119960'>Because</span> <span m='120110'>I</span> <span m='120180'>had</span> <span m='120400'>done</span> <span m='120640'>some</span> <span m='120840'>producing,</span> <span m='121910'>then</span> <span m='122080'>I</span> <span m='122140'>was</span> <span m='122370'>able</span> <span m='122680'>to</span> <span m='122800'>step</span> <span m='123090'>away</span> <span m='123520'>from</span> <span m='123770'>doing</span> <span m='124100'>cinematography</span> <span m='124850'>and</span> <span m='125010'>just</span> <span m='125340'>produce</span> <span m='125750'>projects.</span> <span m='126510'>And</span> <span m='127520'>that</span> <span m='127820'>sort</span> <span m='128000'>of</span> <span m='128070'>turned</span> <span m='128340'>into</span> <span m='128590'>the</span> <span m='128690'>company</span> <span m='129229'>that</span> <span m='129400'>I</span> <span m='129490'>have</span> <span m='129850'>now.</span> <span m='130560'>My</span> <span m='130710'>family</span> <span m='131000'>was</span> <span m='131140'>very</span> <span m='131320'>nervous</span> <span m='131800'>when</span> <span m='131970'>at</span> <span m='132090'>17,</span> <span m='132700'>I</span> <span m='132770'>said,</span> <span m='133630'>I</span> <span m='133720'>want</span> <span m='133860'>to</span> <span m='133900'>go</span> <span m='134010'>to</span> <span m='134060'>Hollywood</span> <span m='134320'>and</span> <span m='134580'>make</span> <span m='134850'>movies.</span> <span m='135730'>And</span> <span m='135950'>so</span> <span m='136160'>they</span> <span m='136330'>really</span> <span m='136620'>encouraged</span> <span m='137320'>me</span> <span m='137520'>as</span> <span m='137730'>an</span> <span m='138100'>artist,</span> <span m='138560'>as</span> <span m='138670'>somebody</span> <span m='139020'>pursuing</span> <span m='139530'>an</span> <span m='139600'>artistic</span> <span m='140080'>field,</span> <span m='140980'>to</span> <span m='141090'>have</span> <span m='141310'>a</span> <span m='141360'>backup</span> <span m='141790'>plan.</span> </p><p><span m='142330'>While</span> <span m='142680'>I</span> <span m='142730'>was</span> <span m='142910'>in</span> <span m='143020'>college,</span> <span m='143380'>not</span> <span m='143520'>only</span> <span m='143750'>did</span> <span m='143930'>I</span> <span m='144000'>study</span> <span m='144370'>film</span> <span m='144830'>and</span> <span m='145370'>television,</span> <span m='146140'>I</span> <span m='146290'>minored</span> <span m='146690'>in</span> <span m='146790'>education</span> <span m='148270'>and</span> <span m='148810'>completed</span> <span m='149420'>the</span> <span m='149510'>requirements</span> <span m='150390'>to</span> <span m='150570'>become</span> <span m='150950'>a</span> <span m='150990'>certified</span> <span m='151540'>teacher.</span> <span m='152690'>Because</span> <span m='153200'>of</span> <span m='153340'>that,</span> <span m='153860'>I've</span> <span m='154050'>always</span> <span m='155260'>been</span> <span m='155430'>able</span> <span m='155720'>to</span> <span m='155840'>pick</span> <span m='156060'>up</span> <span m='156230'>little</span> <span m='156440'>jobs</span> <span m='156780'>here</span> <span m='157010'>and</span> <span m='157140'>there</span> <span m='157460'>teaching</span> <span m='157910'>film</span> <span m='158200'>in</span> <span m='158300'>addition</span> <span m='158790'>to</span> <span m='159910'>bunches</span> <span m='160250'>of</span> <span m='160350'>jobs</span> <span m='160650'>making</span> <span m='161070'>films.</span> <span m='161890'>And</span> <span m='162870'>that</span> <span m='163130'>work</span> <span m='163370'>has</span> <span m='163560'>been</span> <span m='163740'>really</span> <span m='163970'>rewarding.</span> <span m='164760'>And</span> <span m='164810'>it's</span> <span m='164990'>also</span> <span m='165570'>allowed</span> <span m='166000'>me</span> <span m='166110'>to</span> <span m='166190'>fill in</span> <span m='166930'>the</span> <span m='167130'>gaps.</span> </p><p><span m='167820'>When</span> <span m='167990'>you</span> <span m='168100'>work</span> <span m='168470'>as</span> <span m='168580'>a</span> <span m='168630'>freelancer,</span> <span m='169250'>when</span> <span m='169400'>you</span> <span m='169510'>run</span> <span m='169740'>your</span> <span m='169850'>own</span> <span m='170110'>company,</span> <span m='171180'>things</span> <span m='171470'>slow</span> <span m='171780'>down</span> <span m='172160'>at</span> <span m='172300'>different</span> <span m='172630'>times</span> <span m='172970'>of</span> <span m='173030'>year.</span> <span m='173910'>But</span> <span m='174120'>the</span> <span m='174190'>bills</span> <span m='174460'>never</span> <span m='174720'>do.</span> <span m='175350'>And</span> <span m='175620'>so</span> <span m='176160'>having</span> <span m='176560'>that</span> <span m='176890'>teaching</span> <span m='177960'>background,</span> <span m='178700'>being</span> <span m='178930'>able</span> <span m='179140'>to</span> <span m='179290'>teach</span> <span m='179670'>part-time,</span> <span m='181820'>not</span> <span m='182040'>only</span> <span m='182360'>allows</span> <span m='182850'>me</span> <span m='183020'>to</span> <span m='183330'>give</span> <span m='183830'>back</span> <span m='184060'>to</span> <span m='184180'>the</span> <span m='184270'>community</span> <span m='184750'>and</span> <span m='184860'>to</span> <span m='184960'>share</span> <span m='185260'>what</span> <span m='185440'>I've</span> <span m='185700'>learned</span> <span m='185980'>with</span> <span m='186170'>other</span> <span m='186440'>younger</span> <span m='186740'>people,</span> <span m='187430'>but</span> <span m='187640'>it</span> <span m='187720'>also</span> <span m='188070'>allows</span> <span m='188480'>me</span> <span m='188650'>to</span> <span m='188720'>have</span> <span m='190390'>some</span> <span m='190700'>financial</span> <span m='191160'>stability</span> <span m='192170'>even</span> <span m='192430'>in</span> <span m='192540'>these</span> <span m='193010'>difficult</span> <span m='193700'>financially</span> <span m='194330'>unstable</span> <span m='194645'>times.</span> </p><p><span m='195470'>I</span> <span m='195700'>really</span> <span m='196000'>encourage</span> <span m='196760'>this</span> <span m='197170'>generation</span> <span m='197750'>of</span> <span m='197860'>young</span> <span m='198070'>people</span> <span m='198600'>that</span> <span m='198750'>are</span> <span m='198830'>in</span> <span m='199050'>high</span> <span m='199270'>school</span> <span m='199660'>now,</span> <span m='200090'>that</span> <span m='200260'>are</span> <span m='200330'>thinking</span> <span m='200740'>about</span> <span m='201020'>what</span> <span m='201190'>career</span> <span m='201580'>do</span> <span m='201690'>I</span> <span m='201740'>want</span> <span m='201960'>to</span> <span m='202030'>pursue,</span> <span m='202930'>what</span> <span m='203230'>college</span> <span m='203700'>do</span> <span m='203820'>I</span> <span m='203880'>want</span> <span m='204120'>to</span> <span m='204170'>go</span> <span m='204390'>to,</span> <span m='205390'>to</span> <span m='207750'>think</span> <span m='208210'>a</span> <span m='208360'>little</span> <span m='208780'>bit</span> <span m='208970'>more</span> <span m='209580'>about</span> <span m='210070'>how</span> <span m='210380'>am</span> <span m='210480'>I</span> <span m='210530'>going</span> <span m='210700'>to</span> <span m='210750'>make</span> <span m='210950'>a</span> <span m='211010'>living.</span> <span m='211630'>How</span> <span m='211920'>am</span> <span m='212070'>I</span> <span m='212240'>going</span> <span m='212600'>to</span> <span m='213720'>balance</span> <span m='214630'>what</span> <span m='214870'>I</span> <span m='214950'>love</span> <span m='215330'>to</span> <span m='215470'>do</span> <span m='216200'>with</span> <span m='216490'>what</span> <span m='217030'>I</span> <span m='217140'>need</span> <span m='217500'>to</span> <span m='217620'>do?</span> </p>","file":{"id":290526,"video_id":"2710974464001","name":"1160-CB-p-Director","duration":218175,"thumbnail_url":null}});