Today we’d like to introduce you to Mack Johnson.
Mack, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Well. I’ve always loved building things… taking things apart, putting them back together. Maybe my first serious go at that came around the age of 13 when I took apart my dirtbike so that I could paint it black. When my Dad saw the bike laying in pieces across the garage floor, he looked at me very sternly and said “you better put it all back”. And you know what, I did.
I’ve always been fascinated with the way things worked, and even more so, figuring out new ways of doing things. So it didn’t take long to figure out that Editing was going to be a perfect career for me. Professionally, I started shooting and editing wedding videos while living in Australia (on and off for about four years). You learn a lot in that run-and-gun style of work.
Falling madly in love with the country, I extended my stay to study a Master of Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology Sydney. All while doing a bit of freelance editing on the side. When that visa expired, I took a very random chance and moved to LA. I knew under five people, I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have a car. But quickly that all changed! I landed my first in-house gig at an agency (making that huge trek from my Hollywood apartment all the way to the Westside was a stark “welcome to Los Angeles” that I didn’t know I needed).
Fast forward to today and I am a full-on freelance Editor living my best life. My partner and I adopted a little Tijuana street dog named Bucatini who can now be known as my resident Post Supervisor… making sure every little bit of work gets done on time.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It absolutely has not been a smooth ride, but that made it all the more fun. I’d say the biggest struggle for me would be networking! In my opinion, your success as a freelancer entirely depends on your network of connections, and until I figured that out it was a slow roll.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m an Editor. A Premiere Editor.
I do a ton of branded work, and I really enjoy that! But if I had to choose a personal passion project it would be anything FOOD. I love cutting food content. I love looking at the beautiful food shots that DP’s captures. I love adding sizzle SFX to food edits. I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with many Chefs across the US on food edits and it’s been my favorite.
What sets me apart from others is that I have experience both shooting and producing content. So when the footage comes across my desk as an Editor, I am already familiar with how it got there. Which is beneficial in understanding and seeing the whole picture. You just know what to look for.
I also think I’m a very fast Editor. One of the skills I’ve always tried to stay on top of is knowing my shortcuts. And that has paid off.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Work-wise? The r/editors sub on Reddit. I have learned SO much in that forum that I could never thank my peers enough for having such open discussions about the business and how to navigate clients
Personally? I love Marketplace podcast.
- Website: hotslicepost.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mackjohnson.edit/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjo225
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCecLLya50I0oIYeXnHXkOqA