We had the good fortune of connecting with Bill Marmor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bill, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I came from a traditional family, my father was a professional(Judge), and the expectations that I would also be a professional, noncreative. I graduated college with the dream of doing something in the film industry, a passion from a very young age. I had always wanted to make films, and do something in creating. In my pursuit, I met directors, producers, and editors. The only people who gave me time and were encouraging were editors. So I focused on becoming an editor and gave myself a year to try and make it and if not, law school would be my backup. I ended up becoming one of the youngest editors in commercials (cutting Superbowl spots at 23 years old). I found the creative environment, not just fun, but it was encouraging to be creative. And through editing, I found it was a way to express myself, make things every day, and be given the freedom to add to the process. Also, when I was young I was dyslexic and found comprehension always a challenge. But as an editor, I am working with visuals, and constructing stories through design, style, and pacing. It was the perfect fit for how I think and was a natural extension on a way to express my talent. It was not always the easy path, but the fulfillment of getting to do something you always wanted, work in a creative environment, and find success, you can’t ask for much more.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an editor, I stand out because of my speed and ability to deliver quality work. I pull from my 30 years of experience and unique history to be able to edit at such a ferocious speed. From early days when I worked in films, (I edited with Dustin Hoffman on a film), to commercials for some of the most important brands(IBM, COKE, Pepsi, NIKE) or music videos, the amalgam of experience and techniques I can pull from allows me to approach any project with the confidence and understanding on what we need to do and how to get there. Part of being good as an editor is not just the mechanics and rules, but understanding the bigger picture – what we are selling and how to position that product, story, or film. I am able to find that right/best approach fast and early in the process. And I try to make the process as easy and painless as possible. I also approach it as a team and I am just driving the car, and allow all the people involved in the creative process.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The great thing about LA is there are so many areas to explore and its hard to pick just one. I am a Mexican cuisine junkie, so I would gravitate to lunch and margaritas at an outdoor location like a Kay n Dave’s in Culver City. LA with out weather makes you want to be outside, Downtown’s renaissance is something that as a born and raised Angeleno I never saw coming. It is one of the best places now to explore.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think anyone who finds success, or a career is really the sum of many parts and people who helped them along the way. The person who fires you, hires you, nurtures, or encourages. Sometimes, revenge or a chip on the shoulder gets you far. I think it is always important to remember how you got here and who was there. Obviously, parents who raised you to who you are. In my case, my parents, though my dad died when I was 15. My mom was very supportive of me going in a different direction in my career(in the creative world). Bob Wyman, a famous editor who I got to apprentice helped teach me tricks of the trade that really made me stand out at a young age. The editors, who gave me chances and opportunities when I was at Red Car, Jordin Mendelsohn who became one of my first and longest clients – made me a better editor by challenging me. The agency in Minneapolis, CME, gave me my first chance. The numerous assistants, producers, support staff, talented creatives all are a part of the sum of my career. My staff were the best, Josianne, who was my executive producer for many years. All of them are the success that I was able to ride with to help propel my career.