As part of our continuing 3Questions series, I present Avi Youabian, an editor on the hit ABC drama series Flash Forward.
His job "mainly consists of editing the footage that has been shot by the production crew. In short, I wittle down hours and hours of footage into a 42 minute program. I collaborate with directors, producers, writers, composers, and even the sound designers. I love my job. It was a hobby of mine before I started getting paid for it.
HBAD: So, tell us, how did you get your start?
AY: I interned at various Post-Houses right out of high school. I worked for free for almost two years before I got my first assistant editing gig. From there, I slowly worked my way up to editor.
HBAD: What are the most difficult challenges you've encountered on your career path?
AY: My age is usually a stumbling block. I'm younger than most editors out there and I've realized that some producers are scared to hire someone like me because they feel that I lack "EXPERIENCE". I often point to my credit list and refer to them to my other clients for references -- that usually helps put them at ease.
HBAD: What advice would you have for someone just starting out in this business, looking to get into editing?
AY: Just intern and network. You will learn more on any job than you will at any film school -- Seriously!