Editing is not just done in film. It’s done everywhere, the news, blogs (like this one), even in your own life. It’s when you get up in the morning, take a shower and put on the clothes you want people to see you wearing.
We’re all editing through life.
Editing a movie and life is trial and error. Unless you’re amazing/some sort of freak of nature, you will make many, many mistakes, and then some more mistakes, and then go back and re-do what you originally thought was a mistake. i.e. how I wrote this sentence.
The advantage of film editing is that you’re only really showing people the best 2% of what really went down to make a film. You’re not seeing any of the hard work that hundreds, even thousands of people put in to making a 90-minute film. (Except for when you buy the DVD you get to watch the ‘making of’ section in the special features, but even that was edited to make it look like everyone had a blast.)
This is exactly the same in life.
We edit ourselves to hide our real flaws and vulnerabilities.
We’re all a work in process, so why try and hide our flaws in our everyday life? That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work on them and be disciplined in constant improvement, but we can tell ourselves that we’ll actually never be perfect, which should take some of the pressure off, right?
People appreciate realness. They’d rather know a person instead of being presented an attempt at perfection.
Just like it would be entertaining to see an editor at their desk trying to rip his hair out when he was given footage of cats and dogs but was asked to cut it into a rainbow unicorn dancing on water.
So what is it about you that you might be afraid to show people? Let them see you singing in the car. Play your guilty pleasure playlist. Wear those crazy socks that you secretly love.
Don’t be afraid to be real.
by Jay Evans