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How Do I Become a Freelance Video Editor?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

If you are considering a path to become a freelance video editor, the good news is you may not have to spend a lot of money on a formal education. The bad news is you will need to find that training elsewhere, and that can be tricky. You can take an unpaid internship with an experienced freelance video editor so you can learn the skills and techniques necessary to be successful in the position, or you can invest in the necessary equipment yourself and learn from scratch. Of course, enrolling in a formal schooling program to become a freelance video editor is an easy option that will give you a thorough education.

Of course, it helps to develop a passion for video first if you want to become a freelance video editor, and that is something you can do at any age or any level of education. Familiarize yourself with the industry by reading trade magazines, researching on the Internet, and attempting some video editing in your free time. The necessary equipment to become a freelance video editor can be expensive, but if you buy it all piece by piece, you can begin to experiment with different techniques and upgrade as time goes on.

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If you choose to enroll in a formal training program, you will need to graduate from high school first. Then you can enroll in a college degree program that will give you the skills necessary to become a freelance video editor. There are several advantages to this path: first, you will have access to more equipment and better equipment than you would otherwise be able to use; second, you will benefit from the experience of your instructors, who will not only teach you valuable skills, but also help you enter the industry after graduation; and third, you will be able to establish valuable contacts with classmates, instructors, and even employers in the business world. Of course, you should be prepared to pay for such an education, which can be quite expensive.

Forgoing formal education is certainly a viable option as well. You can take an entry-level position or unpaid internship with a professional freelance video editor or with a production company, and you will be able to learn the necessary skills on the job. This is a good resume builder that will make you a valuable job candidate after you have spent a few years in the industry.

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