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Meet Hamish Lyons of Recre8tion Media in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hamish Lyons.

Hamish, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story, career-wise, what got me to this point? I guess it started doing a Bachelor of Communications in my home of Australia. It touched on a little bit of everything concerning arts and business – so creative writing, video production, web design, politics, business management, marketing, etc. It was a fun degree, and I lived most of my time there in the edit suites, but having no specialty I really didn’t know what I was specialized at. So I decided to take a year in London and travel and to earn a bit of money I started making teas and coffees and helping out in an editing company in Soho. I quickly discovered that editing really was my jam and brought together all the different facets of art and business that I often thought about.

Working at that post-production house I learnt a lot, but my life really changed when I met Madonna. She was directing a documentary I Am Because We Are in the building, and I was lucky enough to help out with that. What started as an instance where she was quite angry with me for wasting her time subtitling some things, I managed to show her that we actually see eye-to-eye on most things. Next thing I know I’m building an edit suite in the basement of her London house, working for her seven days a week and assisting with the edit.

To date, I’ve edited a lot of Madonna’s shows, and this has helped open a lot of doors, particularly in the live music arena. I’ve cut shows for Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Childish Gambino, Billie Eilish, I was the lead editor on the recent Netflix show Rhythm and Flow, and am currently enjoying living in Los Angeles cutting any variety of jobs that come my way.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not. I’m going to just stick to the craft of editing here as I think that’s the topic of the piece (?). But yes, editing is so creative, it’s extremely rewarding and when inspiration hits its a wondrous activity that culminates in the final stitching together of the elements for all to see. But there is a lot of pressure, and when, for whatever reason, the client is not liking your expression, you can find yourself for days/weeks/months in solitude trying each and every combination of the rubik’s cube to carry it over the line. Being freelance is very exciting, I get to travel all over the world and working with different teams and new faces all the time is never boring. But having lived in London most of my career, LA for two years now, and with all my family in Australia, it can be a little unsettling.

Please tell us about Recre8tion Media.
Well, my company RECRE8TION MEDIA is basically just the name I invoice under, but it’s really just me and the contacts I have made along the way. I am very lucky that most of the people I work for are also some of my best friends. A lot of the guys I worked with in London all came over to LA at the same time, so it’s been great keeping that British sensibility and all helping each other out as we follow our dreams in the Wild Wild West together.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Not a lot really. I sometimes wonder just what might have happened if I had the balls to ask that beautiful girl in the video production classes out on a date and settled down somewhere in Australia, what a different life I would have lived. But I know I would probably be just an older version of that unworldly, hopelessly naive and somewhat conceited adolescent that I was. Living in London is a tough city, people have very little patience and a lot going on, so being a young lad from Australia I had to really push myself to keep up. But I learnt a lot and I’m so grateful for it.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3150 Wilshire Blvd, LA, 90010
  • Website: www.hamishlyons.com
  • Email: hamishlyons@hotmail.com
  • Instagram: hamish.lyons


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Childish Gambino: Christian Lamb

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