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Jesse Averna: A veteran editor shares some wisdom

You work hard in a tough industry in challenging times. It can be easy to get bogged down with the expectations you’ve set for yourself and your career. If you’re in need of a dose of perspective and positivity, then take a moment to step away from your timeline, grab a coffee and meditate on a series of recent tweets by LA-based editor Jesse Averna (@dr0id).While they might not be strictly post production tweets, per say, it’s nice to hear some encouragement from a fellow post pro.

Caricature of Jesse Averna:  by Kevin Deters.

Averna is an editing veteran who has five Emmy Award wins with two additional nominations — all for his work on Sesame Street. You can currently find him working away at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, where he’s been awarded an Annie nomination for his most recent work on Ralph Breaks the Internet. Many of you might know him as one of the founders of the Twitter group #postchat.

Every so often he will Tweet out words of wisdom, hope and inspiration. We wanted to share those with you.

Passion:
If you have a passion for something, pursue it. We only get to do this life once. I’m just an idiot kid from Albuquerque who’s doing my dreams. Please go for it. You can get there. Believe in yourself. Work hard. Be kind. Ask for help.

You’re not wasting your time:
It all counts. Everything you have worked on will educate your next project and work ethic. Don’t get down if you aren’t working on the type of material you want to be working on at the moment. Squeeze everything you can out of it. Take it with you to the next gig. It all counts.

Good news:
Here’s some good news — it doesn’t matter what you think you should have accomplished by now. You’re not competing with anyone else. Your timetable doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even matter how many times you’ve failed. YOU MATTER. You are valuable regardless of your accomplishments.

A high tide raises all boats:
The only way to survive this industry is to support your friends, cheer them on, celebrate their victories, mourn their losses, help when asked. Give when you can.

You’ve already made it:
Look at what you’ve achieved. What you’ve overcome. Where you are now. Sure, you are looking at the road ahead and where you feel that you need to be. But, for today, be proud of what you’ve done.

Jesse

Be the change:
We’ll spend our whole lives being judged by others and ourselves. The issues and the problems. But there are wonderful, unique, powerful aspects to you. Know your weaknesses, but also know that you can change lives. You can impact the world around you. Your kindness can do that.

Know your value:
Value. If you don’t value your worth, you can’t expect others to. You are valuable. And I’m not talking about money. You’re worth more than that.

Your uniqueness:
You are the only YOU in this world. That’s a big deal. Let’s not waste it measuring ourselves to other people. You’ll never be them, only yourself.

Take a deep breath:
It seems important right now, but it’s most likely not as important as you think it is.

No matter how you feel tonight, there’s always tomorrow. Feelings pass. You are more valuable than you know. Today does not define you.

Perspective:
You are valuable. You are loved. You are missed. You are important. You are thought about.

Kindness:
There is no “them.” Only “us.” And we need to love our way through this moment in history. People need you. People need help, kindness, love, advice, mentoring, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on. You are important and NEEDED right now.

If you’d like to hear Averna’s professional advice and some additional encouragement, check out our last article with him.


Jesse Averna tweets from a personal account and in no way speaks for or represents the companies he works for.

Editor Jesse Averna shares words of wisdom, encouragement

Let’s face it, post production can be hard, and sometimes our social networks can get a tad negative. In the midst of that, LA-based editor Jesse Averna (@dr0id) recently shared some positivity and shed some light on how to navigate in the complex world of the post professional by offering some advice and encouragement through a series of tweets.

Averna is an editing veteran who has five Emmy Awards and an additional nomination for his work on Sesame Street. Many of you might know him as one of the founders of the Twitter group #postchat. Check these out. It just might leave you feeling a bit better about your job, your industry and yourself.

– Wisdom. If you commit to a project, give it 110%. It doesn’t matter if it deserves it. Your reputation does.

– Disliking movies doesn’t make you a more competent filmmaker. Ask yourself what you would do differently and why they didn’t.

– Excuses don’t help you. Even if they are real. Try to have none. Just get it done.

– If you always focus on your insecurities and shortcomings, so will everyone else. Don’t let them define you.

– If someone needs advice, a connection or a gig, give them a hand. Someone gave you one. Doesn’t matter if they’ve “earned” it.

– You can learn something from anyone. Don’t miss the opportunity.

– You can be on time. You can work hard. You can even have a great attitude. Doesn’t matter what software you’re using.

– Focused on the tech? You’re probably missing the story. Ignoring the tech? You’re probably not telling the story as well as you could.

– Commiserating can be bonding, but it can also be poison. Make positivity your habit. It will be contagious.

– You might have to climb down a ladder and start at the bottom of another to work on something you love. No matter how high you got.

– It’s 40% being good and 60% being someone people want to work with. If you’re a pain, you’d better be damn good. (Don’t be a pain)

– If you’re making a living in post production, if you’re paying your bills making art, if your editing feeds your kids, you are lucky.

– Support your fellow post peeps. See their films. Retweet them. Congratulate them. Be happy when someone else is doing well.

– Always keep working on your voice. Be proud of it. Yes, even as a post pro you have one. Nail the tech down and keep building the artist.

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Jesse Averna tweets from a personal account and in no way speaks for or represents the companies he works for.

PostChat’s Jesse Averna named affiliate member of the ACE

American Cinema Editors held its annual holiday party on December 7 in Los Angeles. As part of the night’s festivities, the organization presents new inductees into the ACE. Sesame Street editor Jesse Averna, who helps run the weekly Twitter conversation #PostChat, was among them.

Averna (@dr0id), a four-time Emmy winner for his work on Sesame Street, was presented with a plaque from Oscar-winning editor Alan Heim (All That Jazz, Network, American History X, The Notebook). Averna was invited into the ACE as an Affiliate Member. While Averna notes that Active membership is his ultimate goal, he fully acknowledges the great honor of this induction, stating, “Tonight I received one of the biggest honors of my career — induction into ACE as an Affiliate member.”

In addition to editing and associate directing Sesame Street, you can catch Averna teaching Avid and FCP X at the School of Visual Arts Continuing Ed. He is also editing a feature documentary on rare kaiju monster flicks called Kaiju Gaiden, editing a short film with LiveStar Entertainment for Marvel called Tales to Astonish, directing a children’s live-action puppet show called Monica’s Mixing Bowl and moving his own film into production.

#PostChat: ‘True Blood’ editor Mark Hartzell

By Randi Altman

This week’s #PostChat featured Mark Hartzell (@tweetermf), editor on the HBO series True Blood, which focuses on a town where vampires and mortals live together. He fielded questions about the art of editing and workflow, including how it finally felt when he was able to sink his teeth into an episode of his own. #PostChat’s Jesse Averna (@Dr0id) moderated the chat.

Hartzell, who started on the Alan Ball created/produced True Blood as an assistant to editor Andy Keir in Season Two, worked his way through the ranks, learning from all along the way. As the show airs its 7th and final season, Hartzell is proud to wear the title of editor.

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Editor Jesse Averna wins 4th Emmy for his work on ‘Sesame Street’

By Randi Altman

This past weekend, PostChat’s Jesse Averna, whose day job is editing Sesame Street, won a fourth consecutive Emmy Award for his work on the iconic show where puppets and humans live together with the goal of teaching children about life, math and the alphabet.

Averna is now cutting his fifth season of the 45-year-old show. He uses a mix of Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut 7 for editing, but also spends a large portion of his time in Adobe After Effects as well.

In terms of workflow, Averna says, “Roughly half the year is spent cutting individual segments: celebs, spoofs, street stories, etc. The other half is spent constructing those segments, as well as curated work from our library and others commissioned from outside Continue reading

This Week’s #PostChat: Lending Your Talents for the Greater Good

By Randi Altman

Welcome to our weekly check-in with PostChat, the regular Twitter conversation that takes on the post world. This week’s topic was “Editing for the greater good — cutting pro-bono work or helping work on friends’ projects.”

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This week’s #PostChat: reprogramming your muscle memory

By Randi Altman

Some people might argue that social media has made interaction less personal. But I don’t think anyone who participates in the weekly PostChat conversation on Twitter would take that stance.

Wednesday nights from 9-10pm EST (6-7pm PST), a group of industry pros gather to follow #PostChat and talk about tools, techniques, trends and more.

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