I am a lady who basically grew up on tv and movies. It was a pass time in my house as a child, so I assume that is why I am a filmmaker. I get the impression that I have a rather active imagination and I think that just helps with what I do for a living.
I was one of the lucky few who knew what she wanted to do early in life and went to college for film production and screenwriting. Brooklyn College to be more specific. I couldn't wait to get into the business so every single winter, spring and summer break throughout college was filled with different internships... which is how I became an editor. I got an internship as an assistant, then got hired as an editor. I also worked on professional film sets while in college and that was also very helpful. Though school can teach you a lot, film is very much a "doing" type-o-job, so being able to be on set was very important to my learning about the business and production side of things.
Mid-way through college I made a feature film with other students, just to do it. And going through the motions of actually making a full feature length film was better then any class in school. Applying knowledge and working though common problems was probably the best teacher I could have asked for. It certainly sped up the learning process for all of us involved.
After I graduated college I personally made (Dir, Wrote & Prod) short & commercial here and there. I've produced other people's films, and have worked on a TV show in the Director/Producer role. Mainly though, my income comes from being an editor.
I've edited not only my own work, but others as well... how else would I pay the rent. I've edited all different types of media from shorts, to music videos, to features.
My real passion is Writing and Directing. But I think being a talented editor helps all the jobs I do as I know what will and won't work when whatever project I'm working on reaches post production. And I think that's an important quality to have as a filmmaker.
I currently own my own company BEAUTIFUL LADY PRODUCTIONS.