15 Career Principles for Everyone Working in Media
I’ve been producing, directing and editing video for more than 50 years. As I look back on my career, here are thoughts I wish I learned when I was starting out.
May they be helpful to you as well.
- Media is a hard way to make a living.
- The most important person to your career is a mentor you can trust. If you don’t have one, find one. If you have one, keep them informed on what you are doing. Don’t try to navigate your career alone.
- Working in media is a life of peaks and valleys. The good days never last as long as you want and the bad days end sooner than you think.
- Every media project requires three sets of skills: craft, technical and people. People skills are the most important.
- Keep exploring new ideas – failure is the only way we learn anything.
- Telling stories is as old as time. Telling stories in an interesting way remains forever new.
- Great gear does not tell great stories. Great stories require a great story-teller.
- The gear we use to edit video makes the process fun. The stories we tell make the process worthwhile.
- If you aren’t interested in the story you are telling, your audience won’t be interested either.
- No one really knows what makes a program successful. We’re all just taking shots in the dark.
- It isn’t bad to ask for help – it’s a sign of wisdom.
- Collaboration does not diminish your role in a project – it expands it. Choose your collaborators carefully.
- You will never know “enough” – technology requires life-long learning.
- If you find yourself in a bad situation, analyze it to determine what makes it bad so you know what to avoid in the future.
- Don’t lose hope and never give up – but, sometimes, you may need to change your direction.
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