As part of our continuing 3Questions series, I present Matthew Krol, a staff editor at mtvU. Most of the work he does revolves around the editing, finishing and delivery of various shows for air on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU.
HBAD: So, tell us, how did you get your start?
MK: I got my start interning for MTV back in 2005 during my senior year of college, but I have been editing projects both independently and professionally since I was 16. After my internship was over I knew a few producers in need of editors. After shopping my reel around, I ended up cutting Sucker Free on MTV along with a few other projects for the channel. Then in 2007, I heard of a staff editing gig opening up at mtvU. I went for it and I've been here ever since.
HBAD: What are the most difficult challenges you've encountered on your career path?
MK: The most difficult challenge I've encountered is not actually during my working hours, but rather managing my personal life outside of MTV. The required time I have to put in while editing network content is truly daunting. Sometimes on larger shows with shorter deadlines, I can pull upwards of 60 hour "days". And even my more regular hours are so unpredictable that 10 hour days can turn into 14 hour days on a whim. While the work itself is very rewarding, the erratic nature of the biz makes it hard to explain to my "9 to 5 friends/loved-ones" why I can't spend as much time with them as I'd like.
HBAD: What advice would you have for someone just starting out in this business, looking to get into editing?
MK: The main piece of advice I would give to any aspiring editor in high school or college is edit your freakin' brains out! Keep churning out projects and content as often as you can. Even if it's just fun stuff you created to pass the time. There is no better way to learn new tricks and hone your technique and work flow than to constantly be engaging in new projects. Especially those where, when you start them, you have no idea how on earth you're going to complete it. That's part of the challenge and the only way you'll grow as an editor.