Tips on Becoming a Video Editor With Zero Experience, According to a Pro
Now that people are turning to social media and video streaming platforms, the demand for video creators and editors have started to boom. Aside from making your own videos to "put yourself out there," video editing can be one way to earn extra allowance while you're at home.
Le-An Lai Lacaba, a content creator and young CEO, started out as a video editor when she was just 14, making videos revolving around her high school days and family. Her first paid gig as a video editor was for an event and she was around 17 years old at that time.
In a video on her YouTube channel, Le-An shares useful tips for students and teenagers who aspire to launch a career in video editing. Here's what we learned:
What you'll need
Start with the basics
First, like with any field, you'll have to start with the basics. Video editing, according to Le-An, is easy to learn, but you don't need to land a huge project right off the bat to garner significant experience. Starting with something as simple as cutting out the pauses and the "uhms" in a raw clip is already a start.
Choose your preferred tools
There are various editing apps and programs you can use as a beginner *for free*. One app Le-An talks about is Filmora. (You can also check this out for other video editing apps you can download free-of-charge on your mobile devices). There are also paid options, like Final Cut Pro, which you can opt to use if you're more serious about elevating your editing skills.
Creating your portfolio
Once you have a set of videos you're satisfied with, you can collate them into one space so that potential employers or clients can easily access them whenever they need to see your work. Starting a YouTube channel solely to showcase your roster of video samples could already serve as your portfolio.
Where to look for clients
Anyone who might need video content is a potential client, and you just have to muster up the courage to reach out to them. Here are a few potential clients Le-An mentioned:
Gamers who stream live on Twitch will sometimes opt to turn those livesteams into summarized videos on YouTube, and can sometimes hire someone else to do the editing for them.
One tip Le-An shares is to reach out to up-and-coming YouTubers--those who have around 5,000 to 10,000 subscribers. Le-An shares that these content creators are probably already earning enough YouTube income to start venturing into outsourcing an editor so that they can focus more on other aspects of growing their channel, such as coming up with their marketing strategies or conceptualizing more unique content ideas.
Your own circle
Posting on your own social media accounts stating that you are open to video editing projects can already be a stepping stone for your first gig. You'll never know who among your internet friends might need to whip up a video or know someone who does.
Once you've started establishing the basics of working as a video editor, you can opt to stop there, or to further enhance your skillset and be better at your game. Le-An suggests taking free online courses on YouTube and other platforms. You can also study the market by observing what other YouTubers or editors are doing and learning from there.
Watch Le-An's full video here: