February 13, 2017 at 7:03PM

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What's the criteria for calling yourself "Senior" or "Master" digital film/video editor?

Hi everyone, i've got a question for anyone out there that can give me an advise. When you should call yourself a "Senior" o "Master" video editor? It's like an average age/experience? Or just age? or just experience?? Let's say i'm 31 years old with certified experience like video editor since 2009. I began college in 2005 and start messing with NLE's (vegas 4.0 o_o) back in 2006 but got my first job making 30min. television programs in 2009 and been having editing/cameraman jobs ever since. I wanna know 'cuz pages like tigernator.com gives you the option when you wanna know how much to charge for a freelance gig. I'll appreciate any feedback you may have. Thanks! :)

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The old standby is that 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice" on anything makes you an "Expert"...e.g. 20 hours for 50 weeks a year for ten years = 10,000 hours.

Senior or Master are subjective terms.

Of course, this is the subject of lots of debate, but I use it as a ballpark.

February 13, 2017 at 8:36PM

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Michael Kammes
Director of Technology, Host of 5 THINGS Tech Series
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Thanks, didn`t know about 10,000 hours standard. I know senior or master can be subjective as one to call oneself... But (being that a big but) in eyes of a client when you´re about to pass a budget is useful to know this, for "defending" your rates in any sort of way... Don´t know if i´m making myself clear 0_0.
Thanks anyway Michael!

February 14, 2017 at 8:23AM

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Rafa Ga
Digital Film-Video Editor / Colorist / Motion Graphics
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I would suggest calling yourself "Senior" or "Master" or "Grand Moff Editor" right now, whatever it takes to market yourself.

February 16, 2017 at 8:01PM

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Saied M.
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Grand Moff Editor really made me laugh!

February 16, 2017 at 9:17PM

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Michael Arell
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Geez´ thanks! Really helpful insight! Keep nourishing the community...

February 17, 2017 at 10:14AM

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Rafa Ga
Digital Film-Video Editor / Colorist / Motion Graphics
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You can call yourself whatever you want. But your work speaks for itself. I go through quite a lot of design contractors and their definition of expert often gets thrown around a bit loosely. Even reels don't tell the whole story because I don't know who's standing over their shoulder directing or managing the project. I really don't know someone's level of expertise until I see them work. How quick do they navigate the software? How many shortcuts are they using? Do they understand project and file structure? Are they a power user or do they just know how to start and quit software? Can they communicate their vision to a client who doesn't understand what a keyframe or a codec is? There are numerous factors that contribute to what I feel is a senior level designer/artist.

Even having certification doesn't necessarily tell the story. Can you use the software or can you really USE the software? I've worked with editors who can slap together a fast cutting music video, but stick them in front of a 45 min interview and have the coherently compress it down to 3 mins and they're shell shocked=)

February 19, 2017 at 12:35PM

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Josh.R
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