Today we’d like to introduce you to Arielle Zakowski.
Arielle, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Looking back now, it’s easy to see the pieces of my adolescence that led me down the path to becoming an editor, but I suppose that’s just the magic of hindsight. There was the obsession with jigsaw puzzles that started at age three, the devouring of books as a kid (grand adventures wrapped up in neat stacks of pages!), and the passion for theater in high school. By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to spend my life making movies. I tried on various hats in film school and quickly learned that editing was “the one.” I edited as many projects for friends as I could get my hands on, and began working as an assistant editor at a commercial post-house. I soaked up everything I could learn about editing and eventually worked my way up to becoming an editor at Work Editorial in Culver City. Always wanting to challenge my storytelling abilities, I have also stepped into the world of documentary editing, working on Netflix shows such as Chef’s Table and Making A Murderer (as well as a few others coming down the pipeline!). For me, editing is the perfect balance of right and left brain, of art and science, of empathy and logic, and I think (I hope!) I will never stop loving it.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I hope to help tell stories that make people feel a little less lonely. One of my favorite parts of editing is collaboration – getting to work with other people to bring a story to life, each of us adding our own ideas and points of view along the way. Though this is perhaps a romanticized view of the power of stories, I believe that every time people watch a film (or a show or a YouTube video or whatever it is people watch these days), they too feel a part of something bigger. They find new ways to connect with others. They learn something new about the world, or about themselves. Even if just one person walks away feeling a little bit more understood and a little less alone, I feel like I’ve contributed my tiny part in helping make people a little bit more at ease as we navigate through the challenges of life.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
A challenge for any artist is figuring out how to make a living while living to make. It is an ever teetering seesaw trying to find projects that you’re passionate about and projects that will pay the bills. Sometimes you take work on that leans more heavily to one side or the other, and at times this can feel discouraging. I believe, though, that eventually those two sides will get closer and closer together. As we continue to improve our craft, I hope that we will have more say in the types of work we get to do.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find my latest work on my website: ariellezakowski.com
- Website: ariellezakowski.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zkow/
Personal portrait by Dan Chen