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.

This Week's Competition Question

This Week's Competition Question

Win an annual license to Creative Cloud courtesy of our friends over at Adobe.

All you have to do is email us your name, location and answer to this question...
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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
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Track 2: Whistle On The Wind

Composer: Simon Charles Green
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Dusty Grooves
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Track 3: Amber And Gold

Composer: Julie Alison Cooper
Publisher: Chappell Recorded Music Library
Album: Widescreen Elegance
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Track 4: Feeling Deep Down

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