How to Get Started as a Video Editor in 2023 🎬
If you’re thinking about getting into freelance video editing, even if you have no experience video editing, this is for you!
I’ve been in this game for a while now (9 years!) and if I could go back and do it all over again, these are the 4 steps I would focus on.
Step 1: Use Video Editing Software You Like
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with Final Cut Pro.
I’ve been using it for years and it’s never let me down. It’s intuitive, user-friendly, and has all the tools you need to take your editing to the next level. Plus, it’s got a massive community of users who are constantly sharing tips, tricks, and tutorials, so you’ll never run out of inspiration.
Need help choosing video editing software? Check out this article to help you choose the best software for 2023 & beyond!
Step 2: Study to Find Your Editing Style
It’s time to get introspective!
Understanding your editing style is crucial if you want to stand out in the sea of video editors. Take the time to watch your favorite YouTube channels and TV shows with a critical eye, and ask yourself what you love about the editing. What techniques do the editors use that really speak to you? What makes you lean forward in your seat?
Understanding what you’re drawn to will help you develop your own unique editing style over time.
Step 3: Source (Good) Pre-Licensed Music
Music is a hugely important part of any video edit, and clients love good music that doesn’t result in a copyright strike.
Don’t just grab the first thing you find on YouTube that says “copyright free” (hint, it’s usually not, and you will get flagged).
Instead, invest in good quality music that is pre-licensed.
I always recommend checking out Artist.io — they’ve got a huge library of amazing music, sound effects, and they’re affordable too.
Step 4: Perfect Your Portfolio, Pricing & Pitch
Your portfolio is your calling card! A few tips learned over the years:
- Don’t try to create a huge demo reel, it only needs to be 1–2 minutes to really showcase your style and abilities.
- I recommend pricing per project, but do what works for you!
- And finally, develop a “pitch” in the form of an email, DM, or 15 second elevator speech. Brevity is favored!
“Editing is where the magic happens, it’s where the story truly comes to life.” — Anonymous
It’s about continually honing your skills, being open to new opportunities, and never losing sight of your passion for storytelling.
The true reward is in the art you create and the impact it has on others.
If you want more video editing resources, my YouTube channel has lots of free video editing tutorials that focus on saving you time & creative energy.