We're so pleased to be joined once more by another of our incredible candidates for the latest edition of our A-List series - today we'll be chatting to Josh, a very talented Melbourne-based video editor and photographer!
What's your name, and what do you do?
I'm Josh and I’m a video editor and photographer.
Tell us a little bit about your background:
Born in Australia, grandparents from Italy. Oh right, not that kind of background. I completed my studies of film & television in 2015 which helped me get a job as a Media Manager at production company Inverleigh. I then moved onto editing my own 26-minute show every week about the football stars of the world. I moved on from there to production company The Sensory where I helped in selling commercial property (with editing!). I was also apart of the 13CABS rebrand. I went freelance after my time there and got to work at post-production house, The Butchery, where I worked on name brand projects like Bonds, Coopers, AFL and more.
My photography career does not span nearly as far, but when I get to look at beautiful footage all day you’d think I’d know how to take a photo right!?
What sparked your interest in pursuing photography and video editing?
Video editing purely came about because everyone I studied with hated the process. Understanding the importance of it, I chose to pursue that path instead of cinematography… which leads to photography. I enjoyed trying to tell a story in one frame instead of the moving frame. Photography is a real challenge for myself as a filmmaker. Trying to compress everything into one frame takes a lot of patience, skill and commitment - but I love the challenge.
How do you think creativity is changing the world around us?
I think today it’s just more accepted, which allows for more innovations and allows people to do something they’re passionate about. There was a time where a creative career was looked down upon, or seen as childish, but that’s long gone. I think having the option to even try and make a career in the creative arts has changed the way people think, and changing the way people think is not an easy thing.
What are some of the online resources you use for inspiration?
Instagram mostly. I find it the most accessible way to find the people you like and discover the ones you don’t know about.
What's your preferred social media site, and why?
YouTube. Video content is the most diverse type and there’s no limit. It’s the best way to keep up with current trends or see your favourite creatives in video form. Yeah, Instagram is great - for photos. But seeing the people behind them, that’s where YouTube comes in.
What does a typical day for you involve?
I’m not in this industry for my days to be typical! If they were - I’d quit!
Do you have any advice for people who want to follow in your career footsteps?
Learn your tools back-to-front. If you don’t know how to use your editing program or your camera, then it’s going to be a problem when it matters. Also, that question of which camera or editing program is best? It doesn’t matter. Learn how to tell a story and learn how to read light. Equipment always comes later, get what you can and just practice.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
"Do what you want."
No idea if anyone actually said this to me, but it’s something I follow. When you really think about it, there are no rules - just people.
What do you like about being an Artisan candidate?
Artisan takes care of you, they call to check on your availability for no reason other than to check - just in case work becomes available. They’re kind people who are looking for work that’s in your best interest. If you say you don’t like something, they’re not going to give it to you. So far, my experience has been a 10/10, and there’s nothing I would change.
What's next for you?
I’m just trying to learn everything I can. With a new business venture in photography already teaching me a lot, I have no doubt that I’ll be far beyond where I am now in the years to come.
Thanks so much to the excellent Josh for taking time out of his busy day to chat with us about his career and inspirations today! And remember, if you're looking to hire the most skilled and professional creatives in the business, get in touch with the Artisan Recruitment team - you can reach us on (03) 0514 1000!
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