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The Film Editing Room Handbook: How to Tame the Chaos of the Editing Room, Fourth Edition by Norman Hollyn

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15. The Hardest Job of All—Finding a Job

Anyone who has ever tried to find a job in the film industry, or any other industry for that matter, has experienced the Catch-22 of job hunting. Put simply, you can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job. It is a revolving door of missed opportunities. Yet somehow, people still manage to get that first job. It is not impossible—merely absurdly difficult.

When I started looking for work, back in the early Stone Age, my formula was to line up about 10 job possibilities in order to get 1 job. With the increasing availability of editing tools and the larger number of people who have taken up editing, the formula has changed to 1 in 20 or 1 in 25. (This formula holds true ...

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