Declan Ellis

Media & Communication

Personal statement

"Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession" - Gabrielle Bernstein

This is so true and is what I am aiming for! I have a passion for editing and have worked for years to make it my purpose to one day have it as my profession. I started editing 10 years ago in Highschool, just some funny videos, but it was when I saw the reactions from people that I realised this is what I wanted to do.

I took this further by taking media studies in college and furthered my education, initially taking Broadcast Television and finding the course wasn’t everything it advertised itself to be, I took in what I learned and decided to not finish, taking with me a certificate of higher education. I then took a couple years out, self-teaching and increasing my knowledge and experience, I went into work life and had an epiphany of what I wanted and how I was going to get it.

I then started my course for Media and Communications at Birmingham City University. Having already had experience in the BBC from shadowing a runner and being a stand in, as well as having made a video promoting hand washing for the NHS which was shown around Salford Royal Hospital. I knew I would always put myself forward for editing roles in any group projects, this gained me a lot more experience in that area, such as using Avid which I never previously had and using Premiere Pro and After Effects.

This is because if it wasn’t obvious by now my passion is to be an editor and to edit, mainly video but I’ve also had some experience with radio/radio documentary, creating magazines, inspired album covers, using programs such as Adobe Audition, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc. I have also had experience being a videographer, such as with the NHS video I thought up the concept and created it, I have also made videos for a beer festival and another for a phone/tablet app.

I plan to continue this road-map to help increase my experience and get my name out there, I have also applied for jobs editing for YouTubers (predominately gamers) as that seems to be a thriving market at the minute which requires lots of editors, I am also going to be tapping into the concept of a YouTube channel myself after university and as gaming is a hobby of mine (passion) doing both in one project is a dream. As I am passionate about editing both ideas could work out and the self-run YouTube channel can be a hobby if it doesn’t work out as a job.

I will also be applying for editing jobs through small companies to gain the experience and work my way up the ladder, although I will still apply for bigger companies just in case but won’t expect too much initially. In terms of my networking I will be keeping in touch with someone from university who I’ve had the pleasure of working with, to film his interviews with big artists and will be continuing to pursue filming and editing these. I also have connections with the people I made the app video for, who also require more videos, so I will be tackling those as well.

In terms of social media, I have my LinkedIn, Blog/Portfolio, YouTube and will expand putting my work on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in the future if it seems beneficial. For the YouTube gaming videos I will also stream them to Twitch for that extra market to tap in to.