To label Karl Lucente simply as a “video editor” isn’t really enough. This multitalented guy also directs, writes and plays music. So although he’s a video editor by profession, we’re really better off calling him a storyteller. Whether it’s through film, words or music, he tells stories in different mediums. Here’s what it’s like to walk in his shoes:
Hi! Tell us bit about yourself and your work.
Hello, I’m Karl Lucente.
I’m a storyteller who sees the limitless world and uses different mediums to tell a story.
By profession I am Director and Video Editor but I don’t limit myself to any one method of self-expression because there’s a thousand and one ways to tell a story, and even more ways to interpret it.
When you’re in creation mode, there will be good days and there will be bad days. The ability to feel things deeply is both a blessing and just something that I struggled with. If I am in a low cycle, I struggle to create – it is as if I am thinking through quicksand.
But when I’m in flow I see the whole piece right in front of me or I just can’t go to sleep until the melody is inked on paper.
What are the common misconceptions about your line of work?
People don’t realize the amount of work that goes through post-production, and the amount of sleepless nights we actually spend trying to get everything as visually perfect as we can given the budget and deadline.
There’s so much attention to detail in our line of work and we take what we do very seriously, it’s our hearts and souls that we put into our work.
Describe your typical work day.
I work as freelance video editor so I get to work from wherever there’s an internet connection. Whether it’s at home, at a coffee shop or just in a friend’s place somewhere vining and chilling out. I love variety and enjoy working, collaborating with different types of videos so I’m not limited to any one thing.
What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
Collaboration, I love working with other creatives. I could learn so much from them than by myself haha. Also to see people appreciating the aesthetics and paying attention to the details, that’s always a really great feeling and just inspires me to create more.
On the flipside, what’s the hardest part of your job?
If it’s a narrative or a documentary type of video, it’s a bit difficult and time consuming for me. It’s like a puzzle you need to solve, the story, the shots and the sound need to fit. Even finding inspiration, getting into a creative mode isn’t like flipping a switch. During those deadlines when you’re not feeling like you bleed art, how do you explain that to your boss?
What makes it fulfilling? Will you trade it for something else?
I love music so I find myself torn between the two a lot.
Any message to those who want to pursue the same career? What does it take to be successful or happy in your field?
To those who want to pursue this crazy yet awesome career, let me remind you that this type of field is something you need to embrace and also something you do passionately and always aim for growth.
Take the challenge step by step, learn your shortcut keys, collaborate, don’t stop learning, and lastly, your cuts is your storyteller.
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You can check my work at www.vimeo.com/karllucente
or you can follow me on twitter and instagram: @karllucente