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Behind the Title: Wax’s Stephen Jess

NAME: Stephen Jess

COMPANY: New York City edit house Wax

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Wax is a boutique editorial company/creative collective/group of people who are committed to telling great stories — all kinds of stories.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE? Editor/Partner

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
I’m cutting most days, and working with my partner Toni Lipari to create the opportunity for our team at Wax to grow.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
I’m still learning the editing part.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
That moment when I find a piece of music and suddenly everything clicks and you can see how the cut is going to work.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
The constant insecurity of wondering if it could be better.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY?
At the end of the day when I get peace and quiet to focus on the film.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Drive time DJ playing you all your favorite hot rocking hits.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
When I was just out of college and living in London, I called every post facility listed in the Yellow Pages until I got to M —The Mill hired me as a runner.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
AT&T with The Mercadantes, Chase with Robert Logevall and Bank of America with Douglas Avery.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
Cutting the doc feature Glass: a Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts was like my masters in film editing. I got to cut the score from his music and they said I could use whatever I wanted. That was a joy to cut.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
At work, my Wacom. At home, my tube amp. Everywhere else, my iPhone.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
I check my friend Henry Lu’s Instagram to see when he’s in New York and then I call him to go out for a drink.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK? 
I stream WQXR in the cutting room, and Q2 at home.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
I go running along the Brooklyn waterfront, past the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, and it reminds me how lucky I am.


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