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Tips for NYWIFT’s Editor and Producer Mixer

October 18th is our special NYWIFT Night Out Editor, Director and Producer Mixer! Whether you are a producer, director, editor or just looking to meet new members, we've put together a few quick tips for making the most of the evening:

Polish your online presence before the event.
Be sure the internet reflects your very best, most updated self. That means:
•  Current and up-to-date reels are available
•  Resumes and references should be available digitally
•  Post your show reels or work samples to YouTube or Vimeo or have a website with links to showreels and downloadable links to documents
•  Most people will check IMDB and LinkedIn too, so make sure those profiles are up-to-date

Create your calling card!
Bring business cards with:
•  Your name
•  Your company name (if you have one)
•  Contact information (phone, email, website, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
•  Profession/Title (e.g. Editor or Producer or Director)

Be prepared to ask questions.
It’s hard to get a conversation going with a stranger, especially one who might hire you some day or who you might want to hire! A good icebreaker would be “How did you get involved with NYWIFT?” or “How long have you been a member of NYWIFT?” You’re at a NYWIFT event, so it’s the one thing you have in common with everyone in the room!

And make sure you know your own answers.
Know who you are and what you are looking for, so you can speak clearly about it under pressure.
•  What are you looking for?
•  What is your next project that you need to staff up?
•  Are you looking for a job in reality TV, a feature film, commercials, a documentary, etc.?

Know your style.
•  What is your specialty or editing style?
•  What kind of editors are you looking for?

Of course, an editor could have multiple editing styles or a producer could be looking for a variety of styles. But, if you say are a reality TV show editor and a reality TV show producer looks at your reel/resume, and there are only feature length fiction films on it, you have likely lost that opportunity for now. Define your style. A few styles to consider: commercial, scripted feature film, documentary, reality TV, verite, music video, etc.

Finally, be ready to talk dollars and cents.

•  Editors, what is your rate?
•  Producers, what are you willing/able to pay?

This likely won’t be asked at a networking mixer but you should have an answer in your head. There will always be adjustments based on scope of work, length of projects, budgets etc., but do your research and have a realistic number in mind for the level of experience.

Be prepared, be relaxed and be ready to hire and be hired. See you on October 18th!

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts