Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Joy.
Hi Annie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I moved from Kansas to LA for film school when I was 18. I knew zero people in the state and had no idea what I was doing. I only knew that I wanted to be an editor. At the time, I didn’t even know what that looked like; however, what I did know is I wouldn’t find much opportunity back home. I took a leap of faith and moved across the country. As I was going through school, I started taking freelance gigs on the side and before I graduated, I had a gig cutting promos for a kids tv network. I’m one year post-grad now and I’ve worked with artists like Justin Bieber and brands like NIKE and Apple.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I want to use this time to share some advice I got from Sarah Drew (April Kepner on Greys Anatomy) “You will be working in an industry that is constantly changing it’s mind about you. So remember your identity and why you are here.”
That advice becomes more evident with every project I work on. I’ve learned that the only way I will be able to survive in such a ruthless industry is to remember why I am here and that’s to put God on a pedestal. To anyone reading this, please know that if your worth is in what gig you are currently on, or how highly accoladed your peers perceive you, you will never be fulfilled. The industry will tell you “You are only as good as your last gig” That is not true and if you subscribe to that false narrative you will feel like you are running full speed up an escalator that’s going down. The day I stopped valuing accolades, was the day I felt entirely content with my place in this industry.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have cut ads, promos, music videos. I’ve worked with artists like Justin Bieber and for companies like NIKE and Apple. However after some time in freelance, I am so honored to have been offered a full time position for NBC Universal! I plan to trust God in where I go next, I certainly have goals, such as being a narrative film editor one day, but I’m okay if those goals change as I grow. Although I love editing, I will never be a part of a project I can’t 100% get behind morally. At the end of the day, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of the projects you’ve been a part of and how you treated those around you in the process.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I believe every person in the film industry has the pressure of always being a part of something big – something with high status. “You’re only as good as your last gig” they say.
I try to support other creatives by encouraging them to work on what THEY want to work on, not what OTHERS want them to. For example, an Oscar is looked at as the peak of success, however It’s my belief that the majority of people chasing that are mostly doing so because others want it and somewhere along the way, they’ve convinced themselves they do too.
It is so vital to find what your “Oscar” is. Perhaps it’s working in TV, perhaps it’s cutting music videos for artists you love, or maybe it really is working on a big time feature that eventually leads to getting that award. Support the creatives around you by encouraging them to go after their Oscar, whatever that may be.
Also, don’t judge how successful they are by how big the project they are linked to is. Judge how successful they are by how happy they sound while talking about the project. Success in this industry isn’t judged by money or status, no matter how many times people will tell you it is.
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