Insights:

  1. Though there are courses, which can equip you with this skill. However, to do well, one has to have the sheer passion for video editing.
  2. The number of hours I put in work depends on the number of projects and their deadlines. On some days, I’d work for 12–14 hours straight, and on others, 3–4 hours.
  3. Working on the same kind of video for hours is really exhausting; not only physically but mentally too. Your chair and computer are your only companions throughout, you could say.
  4. If some parts of the shoot aren’t perfect, then you can adjust the lighting, contrast, shadows, etc., in order to enhance the video to a certain extent. Hence, it’s crucial to know your way around the software.
  5. This job offers tremendous opportunity to travel to exotic locations across the world and that too for free!
  6. For someone who’s just starting out, one can expect about INR 8000 per month. This can increase to INR 50,000 per month if you’re creative and dexterous enough with your work.

Profile Details

Name – Disha Rohira

Profession – Video editor at Picture Perfect India

Gender – Female

Age – 40 years

City – Mumbai

Industry – Media/Wedding shoots

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Mumbai, however, soon, my family and I relocated to Nashik. I completed my schooling and pursued my graduation there. Following this, I returned to Mumbai where I established a career. I’ve been residing here ever since. We were a family of four, my parents, my sister and me. My mother was a homemaker and my father, a sales manager. My family atmosphere was a concoction of a democratic and authoritative environment, you could say.

Who all had the most influence on you and why?

Growing up, I’d say my mother had a pre-eminent influence on me. She was a resilient, independent woman and I always looked up to her as my role model.

Please give us a summary of your career.

I have been doing videos editing at ‘Picture Perfect India’ for the past 10 years.

We specialize in capturing and editing destination weddings. Hence, my job entails editing, polishing and presenting the final, altered ‘picture perfect’ video to people.

I have been working with this company for the last 10 years.

Which institutes, according to you, are the best for pursuing this career?

Since I come from an engineering background, pursuing video editing wasn’t always a part of the agenda.

It was purely my hankering to become a video editor that helped me grasp hold of this dream.

There’s no particular degree one can pursue in order to become a video editor, however, there are a few courses one can opt for, like, film editing, integrated filmmaking, video editing, etc., from institutes like “Zee Institute of Media Arts”, “Whistling Woods”, etc.

What is the expenditure associated with the education/training of this profession, approximately?

In all honesty, one doesn’t incur a prodigious expenditure for the training and education of this profession.

Video/film editing courses usually last for 2 months to 1 year as far as I know. However, I wouldn’t know how much one would have to spend on these courses since I didn’t pursue them. My work as an editor was a result of passion solely.

My company’s regime is to guide and train newcomers, right from scratch. This goes on for a few months after which we’d start increasing their salary.

How does one manage to enter video editing field?

It was just a case of spontaneity. I’d pursued a degree in engineering, so, becoming a video editor wasn’t always on my agenda.

After getting married, I joined my husband’s company to help him out. Slowly, it became my passion.

You just have to be passionate and patient enough to learn how to operate the software you’re working on, and everything follows naturally.

However, you can always opt for professional video editing courses offered by various film schools in Mumbai like ‘ZIMA’, etc.

What is the range of income one can expect when starting out in video editing industry?

For someone who’s just starting out, one can expect to earn INR 8000 per month. This can increase to INR 50,000 per month if you’re creative and dexterous enough with your work.

People in this industry don’t stick to one job. For instance, my company has a lot of employees. We train them and they work with us for about 5 years. Following which, they choose to establish their own startup.

So, it really varies from person to person.

Also, the range of income one earns depends upon the number of projects they’re being offered.

Overall, one can keep earning a good income in this career, however, earning very high income isn’t really possible.

Please describe your work.

My job entailed working on videos, editing, transforming and polishing them. I used to edit wedding shoots exclusively.

When I’d receive a project, I would start by editing the video from scratch. I’d adjust the lighting, the shadows, etc., to make it look as beautiful as possible.

Since we’d adopted the documentary style for our videos, I, as the editor, tried to make all the videos as creative and crisp as I could.

I usually worked from home. The number of hours I put in depended on the projects I was receiving and their deadlines.

On some days, I’d work for 12–14 hours straight, and on others, 3–4 hours. The same goes for the number of days I worked per week. Everything depended upon the deadlines.

In your opinion, what are some benefits that would encourage an individual to consider this career/job?

  1. A chief benefit is the fact that this profession opens up your horizons to a whole new world of creativity. This is a form of art. You get to express your emotions in the way you line up and transform everything. It’s extremely rejuvenating. And the fact that you’re working on a video that captures the very essence of love (wedding shoots) really motivates you to do your best.
  2. Many video editors get to travel too. So you meet umpteen people, interact with them and try to understand and absorb the way different weddings work. Hence, I’d say, this profession is really rewarding.
  3. In my opinion, there’s no lack of projects (weddings) in the market today, hence, you won’t really experience any financial predicaments.

Can you mention a few challenges that you would want someone to be aware of if they’re considering this career/job course?

  1. After a few years of video editing, things may turn monotonous. Working on the same kind of videos for hours on an end can prove to be really exhausting, not only physically but mentally too. This may lead to health issues later on.
  2. If your heart and mind aren’t completely into what you’re doing, working becomes a challenge, and if working becomes a challenge, so does your financial situation.
  3. If you lack creativity, skill, and motivation, then it will be very hard for you to survive in this field.

What are some relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?

It’s extremely important to know your way around the software. Since you’re a video editor, you inevitably have to deal with technology. If some parts of the shoot have been compromised in a way, you can always adjust the lighting, contrast, shadows, etc., in order to enhance the video to a certain extent.

You should also gain expertise in mastering patience and passion.

What kind of a person, do you think, would be content in this field?

In my opinion, a person has to possess the patience and persistence to create things from scratch.

When a video is handed to you for editing, it’s unpolished, has no links and requires a lot of changes. Hence, the transformation part is crucial.

You ought to identify your driving force in order to put in your absolute best, because, at the end of the day, your creation is more than just a gift to the people getting married. They’re memories meant to be cherished forever. So, if you’re really passionate about this, I’d suggest you go ahead with your decision.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

I was extremely passionate about my job at Picture Perfect India, however, right now, I find myself drawn to the wellness industry. If I get the chance, I’d want to pursue something in the wellness industry.

Then again, I’m contented with the way things have unfolded in my life.

What advice would you offer to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

Personally, one of the reasons why I fell in love with this profession was because I absolutely loved the fact that I was always in the presence of love. So, if you’re taking up this profession, always seek happiness and contentment because it’s going to come to you in some form or the other. It’s definitely refreshing capturing moments that showcase peoples’ unconditional love for each other.

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