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Conversations with the Inspiring Loryn Teranishi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Loryn Teranishi.

Loryn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My experiences on set began at an early age when I was 4 years old; I acted in a few commercials and got lucky enough to join the Screen Actor’s Guild. Since I had this early experience on set, I was inspired to attend college as a film student because I was intrigued by the back end of media and film. In college, I was able to meet many other passionate people that had a similar vision to what I had with digital media. One friend, in particular, introduced me to this company who was hiring video editors, at the time I didn’t know too much about post-production but decided to apply and I got the job. That’s when I started my first official job as a video editor at JustKiddingFilms. After working there for about three years, I realized I really liked video editing and decided to continue working in digital media as a freelancer. I started working with various companies and built my clientele to what it is today. I can honestly say I absolutely love the work that I do and love everyone that I work with.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, not, there are always bumps, hills, twists and turns. As a freelancer, you have to set your own schedule; there’s no one telling you what to do or when to do it. You’re basically your own boss when it comes to work. Also, the workflow isn’t always consistent: one day you can have piles of work and other times there can be no work coming in. Those times can be hard, but I tend to keep myself busy by learning new skills, bettering my craft, and working on my own passion projects during those times.

Advice that I have is to keep trying and never give up. There may be days where it can get discouraging, but always believe in yourself and remember that hard work TRULY pays off.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
I have been working as a freelance video editor in digital media for over six years. I also do creative producing, photography, and graphic design on the side. I specialize in YouTube content for creatives, especially in beauty, food, video games, and lifestyle.

I’m most proud of working on content that aligns with my passions. I tend to work with clients that have similar interests to my own, so I love that I get to work with a variety of people that specialize in things that I truly enjoy.

I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to clearly understand my client’s vision. Since I love the content that I work with, I’m also able to connect and communicate well with my clients. Each one of my clients is important to me and I’m glad I’m able to form that bond with them.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
A lot of the people that I’ve worked within the past are usually male. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I love all my coworkers, but I feel like being a girl I don’t take as serious sometimes. I’ve been told, “oh, they’re nicer to you because you’re a girl.” “That equipment is heavy so I don’t know if you can lift it”. I just want to let people know that I got here because I worked hard, not just because I’m a girl and I CAN lift.

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Image Credit:
Video Edit: Loryn Teranishi// Content from: @frmheadtotoe, Graphic Designs: Loryn Teranishi, Photography: Loryn Teranishi, Videography/ Edit: Loryn Teranishi// Content from: @lavendaire

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