How I became a Freelance Video Editor

As I believe that people buy from people, I wanted to explain in how I became a Freelance Video Editor at 18 as it may give you a short insight into the start of my journey into the world of video editing and you can get to know me more!

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Being a 'gamer'

Firstly, my journey as a freelance video editor starts way back into my early teens when I guess you could have called me a ‘gamer’. I would play my favourite games after I got home from school and then I would upload the best clips and moments of that day onto my YouTube channel, a channel which I still upload onto today (check it out here). This helped me gain prominence in the gaming community as I started to gain some traction on the videos.

Moving onto gaming video editing

After being a ‘gamer’ for a number of years, I found myself somewhat bored of trying to get great clips and moments in games which I would then upload to my channel. This is around the same time that I edited my first gaming video, a video for me and another gamer which I then uploaded to my channel; check out the video here. After editing that video, I joined some gaming teams in which I was tasked with many more gaming projects to edit which would be uploaded to the team’s channel and also to my own personal YouTube channel. Joining these teams led to a constant increase of gaining a bigger reputation as an editor, video editing experience and my love for video editing.

Transitioning from gaming video editing

Even though I love editing videos for gamers, I could see that it would be very hard to build a living just from gaming video editing as most of the client base are young gamers rather than business owners. As a result of this, I started to offer my video editing experience to people I knew in order to build up my portfolio of video editing work and transition from just being a freelance video editor for gamers. 

This helped me gain more knowledge with programs such as Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop which are extremely necessary for the work I do now but I had barely touched them for gaming edits. As I started to gain more examples of my work and referrals after working with a client, I began to think that I could be a freelance video editor for business owners while still doing some gaming editing on the side.

That pretty much brings us up to today as I am still building up my video editing portfolio and I am still enjoying being a freelance video editor. I hope that gave you an insight into my path as a video editor! As always, if I can help, do let me know via my contact page or by booking a call here.

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