For most editors within the non/Disney community, editing is a hobby, and we love it! There’s something about creating a new story line for a pre-made character and watching it (slowly) unfold before our very eyes. For me, that is the fun part! Other editors have their own reasons as to what makes it fun for them; such as making new manips for their OTP (One True Pair), or experimenting with new effects and editing techniques. There really is no limit as to what makes editing fun for us, but if you never edited before or you’re just starting to edit, it’ll be just as fun trying to figure out what makes it fun for yourself.
One thing to remember is that this is A HOBBY. DO NOT see it as a competition or a job, because it is not. Remember what inspired you to want to start editing in the first place? If you say something along the lines of “Omg this person sucks. I can do sooo much better than them!” then you already have the attitude not many in the community would appreciate. Why? Because you’ll be seen as a competitor and not a “fellow editor” or a possible “friend” to learn from and share ideas/techniques with. Now, not ALL competitions are bad (per say), but I know first hand that the majority of non/Disney crossover editors do not see each other as competitors. When one editor sticks out, we want to befriend them and learn their techniques while sharing ours. We want to support them and help share them with others. If we come across someone who is unpleasant or just trolling everyone, we tend to want to fight back and be well guarded until that person calms down. THIS is why you do not want to have that “competitor mentality” when you first begin. Not all editors are jerks, so if you wish to seek advice from your favorite editor, then by all means, message them and ask.
Now the job part. Again, DO NOT look at this as a job. I’m not sure how to properly explain that statement, except for some examples I can list below:
1. Do not join the masses if you do not want to.
I made this mistake MANY times before and I FINALLY just came to terms with it. I’d rather edit what I want, when I want, and not take video requests anymore. Would it build your popularity? Of course! But I would recommend opening a limited number of requests (3-5 manip requests or 1-3 videos) on your first attempt because this will test your ability to make what others want, and if you need to change the number of requests you’re willing to take on next time.
2. Follow your inspiration.
Basically, if you have a sudden inspiration to make a certain video, then just do it. This goes for open MEPs too. You really do not need your viewers’ permission to make a video so do not take on this hobby as a you would a job or a chore that you don’t enjoy and without pay (because no one gets paid for this, at least not that I’m aware of. Even so, it’s not enough to live independently on). Do and make what you enjoy. This hobby is not meant to impress every single person that comes across your channel or video(s) because we’re all different individuals with vagarious interests. Do not worry about those who do not appreciate what kind of content you put out, because there are others who do like and appreciate what you do. Stick to what inspires you and grow from there. It’s okay if your inspiration changes over time and your work starts to show it, as long as it makes you happy. Basically, you do you.
3. To Stay Or Not To Stay.
Once you start, you do have the option to stop anytime you lose inspiration for editing. I left a few times over the past decade but I always came back because I’m a complicated person, and I just love this hobby so much. However, instead of going back to YouTube, I just settled on a personal website because I couldn’t stand the trolls and haters that would come by my channel. Anyway, that’s for a different post, so back to my point. Yes you can make a lot of friends within the online community, and that would last forever, but you are not obligated to continue editing for them if you no longer wish to edit. Everyone has their own lives and we understand that the internet and computer are not our lifelines, and therefore, can leave whenever we want/need to. To avoid being like me, should you choose to go on hiatus, I would recommend just leaving your channel up and leaving it alone for however long you need to so that your followers and future fans of the community can enjoy your videos too. This gives you the indefinite option to return when you feel like it. This goes for those whose interests has them going in a completely different direction and they no longer wish to edit again, then at least we can all continue to enjoy the videos you did make. I know some editors who just stopped editing but I’m very glad they left their channel open so I can go back and watch some of the videos that inspired me to begin with.
There are ways to find yourself in a "healthy competitive" situation, and they involve things like contests or MEP tryouts (Multi -Editor Projects). I've entered some of these events to gain some exposure for my channel and to see if my video was impressive enough to stand out. Some I won, and others I didn't, but I did gain some exposure and new viewers for my channel, which is something a lot of us strive for anyway so win or lose, you gain something in return. I've never seen anyone complain if they did not win or get accepted for these events, which is very refreshing for everyone involved. I've also seen other editors encourage and even give advice on how to improve their craft if they wish to enter another contest or tryout in the future. Is it upsetting not to win? Usually yes, but that's not the end of your hobby. You still have your channel, your friends and followers, which makes this just as fun as a hobby should be.