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Work/Life Balance for a Video Editor

I’m making an attempt to better balance my work and the rest of my life.  My reasons for this are to get into shape, be healthier, have a more positive mood, and put a little distance between myself and my computer.  Why?

Because I work a day job that involves selling and teaching people how to use computers.  Then I come home and sit down at my computer, where I spend the rest of my day reading, researching, blogging, chatting, networking, editing, writing, and such.  On a day off, it’s not uncommon for me to only leave my desk to eat, use the bathroom, and occasionally pick up a book and just enjoy sitting next to my boyfriend on the couch.

My computer is my livelihood.  I need to make sure I’m not spending so much time at it that I begin to not like using it.  I think that’s a risk that lot of people who work on computers often face.  So what am I doing about it?

I’m joining a gym to actually get some physical activity into my daily life.  Being in the North Jersey/New York region has it’s benefits, and I’ve chosen to join the New York Sports Club, which has branches easily accessible from home, work, and school.  My goal is to go from just thin to thin and in shape.  (Don’t ever assume thin people are in shape.  I can only run in 2 minute stretches and can’t do a push-up to save my life.)

I’m also making sure I’m getting out and networking in person, rather than doing all of my networking at the computer.  On Thursday night I’ll be up in New York for the BigScreen LittleScreen monthly Web TV meeting.  There is another branch that hold these meetings monthly in Los Angeles.  It’s a chance for me to talk to other people who are doing what I’m doing and what their ideas are.  It’s also a chance to find another show that’s looking for an editor.  With Issues still firmly in pre-production, I’m rather antsy for a project to work on.

Other than that, I’m trying to take a daily walk when weather permits, to get out of the house.  I’m trying to plan small events with a few of my friends rather than the epic events we normally try to plan with everyone involved.  I’m keeping an eye out for local events that may just be fun to go to.  (I’ll be cheering my boyfriend on if he decides to enter a wing eating competition next weekend.)  And let’s not forget that I’m joining Toastmasters so I meet people that are out of my industry as well as developing my public speaking and leadership skills.

I’m by no means abandoning any of my computer related activities.  I’m just making sure that my endless wasted hours of not really getting much of anything done are at least spent helping me in some fashion, whether it’s to improve my health, decrease my stress, or meeting some awesome new people.  Just because we editors very much need our computers to get through the day doesn’t mean our whole day should be devoted to them.  My goal is to be that person everyone else is a bit jealous of because they  have everything sorted out into its place and their happy as a result.

One of my professors at TCNJ warned me that you never what to spend so much time on your passion that you risk turning it into just a job.  That’s my goal.  To make sure that my life is varied enough that my passion for editing and good storytelling doesn’t ever become just a job.


Zadi Diaz on Advertisers and New Media

Just a quick one today guys.  I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had the time to really sit and think out a good post today.  Didn’t want to leave you with nothing to read though, so I suggest heading over to Zadi Diaz’s blog to see her take on Advertisers and New Media.  She made this post while in Cannes for the Cannes Lions Festival, and I think she hits each point dead on.

As someone who has spent a good deal of time in new media, I can say that advertisers are still trying to figure out what to do with the medium.  Zadi offers up some excellent advice.

I also recommend you check out Zadi’s show, Epic Fu.  It’s a wonderful look at the web and new media, and how many fantastic things you can find there.

Well, that’s it for me right now.  Off to a late-night training session for the day job.  I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with more editing news!