Building Creative Freedom: The Career of an Editing Nomad

by Paddy Bird on
October 8, 2020

Imagine sitting on a beautiful beach in front of a laptop. On your head is a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and on the timeline is a high-end commercial you’re cutting.

Sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn’t. The life of the editing nomad has been made possible with advances in technology, communication and collaboration software allowing you access to millions of potential clients worldwide.

There has never been a better time to be an editing artist, and many of us yearn for the independence and freedom to have that rarest of combinations… a creative life and a long list of clients who want to work with us.

We discuss the forces that have made this life possible in this week’s episode and the things we can do to make it happen.

Don’t forget to stay tuned as I’ll be asking the question for this week’s competition! One lucky editor will take home an annual Creative Cloud license courtesy of our good friends over at Adobe!

Resources Mentioned in the Episode

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

In this week’s Q & A we discuss archive footage in the legendary David Attenborough’s latest documentary just released on Netflix. Definitely one to watch.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

We’ve mentioned it before on the podcast but we gotta just mention it again! This isn’t an affiliate link, I just love this book and it’s definitely worth buying.

What am I Watching?

Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Winning The Game

Composer: Anders Niska, Klas Johan Wahl
Publisher: Koka Media,Universal Publishing Production Music France
Album: Human Drama
View Track

Track 2: Whistle On The Wind

Composer: Simon Charles Green
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Dusty Grooves
View Track

Track 3: Amber And Gold

Composer: Julie Alison Cooper
Publisher: Chappell Recorded Music Library
Album: Widescreen Elegance
View Track

Track 4: Feeling Deep Down

Composer: Guido Zen, Juan Trippe
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Neon Sunsets 3
View Track


The Power Of Music Editing: Part 2

Saturday, Feb 12, 3PM GMT

We’re really excited to announce Part 2 of our Music Editing Bootcamp. The number one skill that high end clients ask for more than any other is the ability to skilfully score sequences. It’s a complex art form within the art of editing and requires deep and intense analysis in order to master it.

We created the foundations of musical editing theory in Part 1 of our Bootcamp series by studying musical structure, tonality, assignment and tempo. Now, it’s time to go more in depth and look at the techniques used in pro edit suites around the world.

This is why we’ve developed a series of 2 hour, live Bootcamps dedicated to mastering this little known part of the art of editing.

Book Now

Black Friday Course Sale

50% Off All Courses Using Code BF21

Yes, the best time of the year to grab bargains is back! From Friday 26th November you’ll be able to get your first membership at a huge discount or upgrade your current membership for a fraction of the price.

Shop Now


Free Taster Course: MFA Craft Editing

26 July - 5 August 2021
16-26 August 2021

This taster course will give you hands-on experience of the MFA Craft Edit Masters, the industry's first professional editing course where the focus is on the art form rather than the software or technology.

Book Now


A Week of Creative Intensity

Mon 9 Aug – Sat 14 Aug 2021

Put yourself in the hot seat this summer with the most in-depth editing course on the planet. We’ve deliberately built this elite level Summer School for you: the editor who wants to take their creative skills to a whole new level.

Book Now

Are you Drowning in a Sea of Technical Editing Courses?

It’s frustrating that every single course on the market teaches you all about the software but nothing about how to edit. The industry doesn’t care how many buttons you’ve memorised, it cares whether you can craft powerful films.
Start focusing on the skills clients actually want.
Learn More