I'm a novice when it comes to editing. I used to do it many years back as a hobby, but I stopped. I studied Mechanical engineering and worked as a field engineer in the oil and gas industry for a few months, and I couldn't take it so I quit. I wanted a different lifestyle, something that I could do on my own, that would allow me full creative control, that I could do in my own time whenever I chose to, and I was reminded of my old hobby.
Could I make a living off of editing? And let me define what I mean by editing here. Simply combining footage, music, and effects to create a work of art using a video editing software like Sony Vegas. No filming, no knowledge of Photoshop or graphic design, etc. nothing else. Sony Vegas is the only thing I ever used, and I only knew basic tricks and tweaks.
Could that be enough? Does a field like this have a lot of room to grow? What kind of career paths exist for a video editor? Could a video editors make six figures a few years down the line?
Money's not the most important thing ( otherwise I would've stuck with my old engineering job as it paid heaps), but it is still important, and it would be nice to know.
Also, I'm not averse to learning new skills and learning how to use new softwares etc., in fact I think it would be really cool to add that to my Arsenal.. it's just that I've been out of a job for a while now, and I want to know if it's possible to create a basic income with just the bare essentials.. something like 20K a year as a minimum. If that's possible, then I could just start working on some projects and learn what I need to along the way, and start building a career.. otherwise if I'm told I need to learn this and this and this and invest in that and take this boot camp etc. before I have a serious chance of making any reasonable money then I will have to look at something else. I just can't afford to invest that sort of time, money, and energy without any imminent financial return.
Really curious to hear your thoughts!