CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND?
I grew up in a small town in Italy. In high school I developed a passion for theatre and an interest in photography, but in that era when mobiles were rare and surely not smart I never considered video something that could be accessible to me. I stumbled into video editing by chance when a friend showed me the ropes; I liked it so much that I decided to give it a go. I self-trained, I went back to university to study cinema, I started working with some companies which were operating in the region and ended up in Scotland thanks to an internship. In Edinburgh I worked for many years at Freakworks where I had the possibility to gain loads of experience and work with a variety of other professionals. And now I am freelance.
CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR PRACTICE AND WHAT YOU DO?
I am a video editor and my work spans from short to long form, adverts to documentaries. I love editing; it is about telling a story in the most appealing way with the visuals you have. It is about falling in love with the footage but also being able to look at it with distance and be unmerciful when it comes to selecting and trimming. Another aspect I particularly like about my job is working with directors; collaborating and engaging in a conversation about the images we are shaping. Yes, that’s right, not all editors are loners.
ANY EXCITING PROJECTS OR EVENTS YOU HAVE ON THE HORIZON?
Over the last year my job allowed me to travel which was great, in particular I spent three months in Cape Town working on a documentary about cheetahs and one about the first heart transplant; a great experience both from the professional and personal side. I have a couple of other exciting long form projects on the horizon but as they haven’t been confirmed yet I better not jinx it ;)
WHAT MAKES EDINBURGH A GOOD CITY TO BE BASED?
I always found Edinburgh a very welcoming city and I feel it’s easy for people to be comfortable living here. I like the sense of community you can feel. Edinburgh marries a great cultural offer with a friendly working environment.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE THINKING OF PURSUING A CAREER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?
One thing that can be a struggle is to find the right balance between being humble and being confident. Believe in yourself and in your ideas but also ask yourself each time what are you bringing to the table and what you could learn from the people around you. I often found myself lacking confidence and what really helped me has been having great colleagues and friends who showed me I have the experience and knowledge to be more assertive. The same kind of people will let you know if you’re getting too big headed. Another possible obstacle is that when you start your career it’s very easy to be enthusiastic and motivated but after years of work that can change as the day-to-day seems more monotonous. That is the time when you should not be afraid of change.
Find out more about Erika's work here.