When you hear the word "freelance," the first thing that comes to mind is someone who's self-employed. Although this is true, it's more than just being your own boss. Most freelancers choose this path because they can have more control and freedom in their professional life. You can pick wherever you want to work, what time you want to work, choose the people you want to work with, and how much they should pay you per project. This is especially true in the creative field, but to give you more deets, we took the time to talk to someone who's currently a Freelance Video Editor!
As someone who has been working for five years in the industry, 24-year-old Lui Jimenez didn't know that this is the career path that she would take when she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Design from Miriam College. Her video editing journey began when she became a Graphic Artist intern at Chalk and was tasked to make a video by her supervisor even though her knowledge was mostly about visual design. She presented it to the boss the day after, and the rest is history.
It's safe to say that instead of her picking the job, the job was the one who picked her. "I think that was a very fateful day because it shaped my whole career. Everything was pointing to a video production direction. After that day, I instantly had a chance to work with big clients like Smart, Nestle, and National Bookstore."
Since she currently holds three to five clients a month, and these clients commonly ask for around one to two outputs a week, it's safe to say that Lui's week is always busy. "A typical day for me would be hectic! I wake up before the sun rises so that's around six in the morning. The reason I do this is because editing a three to seven minute-video can take around three to five hours with graphics and music score."
Meeting with clients is also a part of her job because pre-production is just as important as any stage of her process. "I usually have meetings around 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, and sometimes it's one meeting to another. That's why when the rest of my day is just filled with meetings since I already started editing in the morning. I edit and render while I'm in the meeting because rendering can take a long time, too!"
Since Lui isn't only a video editor, but also a videographer, she commonly spends her afternoon in shoots. "When my meetings end, I head straight to the shoot location of one of my clients. Most shoots end around 7 to 9 p.m. When this happens, I just usually go home and edit revisions, which ends around midnight if I'm lucky enough. But since most of my days are loaded, my day usually ends around at 2 to 3 a.m."
Some might get quickly tired with this kind of schedule, but Lui is enthusiastic about her job. It's also pleasing to know that numerous brands want to work with her because it means that she's doing a great job at it! "I'm happy with my work, although I do admit there had been a lot of times when I'm just too tired that I want to rest for a week if possible. Some of my friends even tease me that they need to appoint a schedule just to see me."
Of course, just like any freelance job, there are also days when the world allows her to relax. "The main reason why I wanted to be a freelancer is that I don't have to worry about going to the office all the time. That's why when I don't have any meetings or shoots for the day, and I can work home the whole day, I always make sure I enjoy the time I have at home."
According to Lui, the key to be able to handle this kind of schedule is by making sure you put down rules for you and your clients regarding your time. "Before I agree with anything, I try to make it a point that if they're going to give me a date of the schedule or meeting, as well as a release date of the video."
Being the one who's in the driver seat might sound so refreshing, but it takes discipline, persistence, organization, and communication skills to be successful in this field. Before Lui reached where she is now, she was nervous if she would last long in this job. Surprisingly, it became something that she enjoys more than she thought she would! At this point, she couldn't imagine being passionate at any other job than this one. That's why if you want to become a freelancer, take it from Lui's experience that this is something worth trying! If you're also looking for a videographer and video editor, check out her Instagram account at Play It Forward Studio (@playitforward_).
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