We had the good fortune of connecting with Blair Yiran Bai and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Blair Yiran, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Be proactive, push things harder, fight hard for good opportunities. Think positive and never give up.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I fell in love with film at a very young age, in primary school I think, grade three. I wanted to get into the best film school in China, “Beijing Film Academy”. I started film school since age 18, got my BFA from Beijing Film Academy and my MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts. Seems like my journey to film is pretty smooth but it was actually not.

I was born in a Chinese scholar family without any film background. It was hard to persuade my family to let me attend film school. Instead, they want me to go to med school. I spend 10 years to finally got a yes from them in order to attend the film school entrance examination. I got in finally, because I wanted it too bad.

I think the most important thing I learned from filmmaking is to never give up and always take initiative, since it’s an industry full of rejections and uncertainty. Filmmaking is never easy, every project has its own difficulties and we just need to push things harder.

I majored in screenwriting in undergrad and film production in grad school, now I’m mostly working as a film editor and I’m enjoying it a lot. For me, screenwriting and editing are the two tracks that share the most similarity in film, it’s all about storytelling and I’m obsessed with it. Also I’m a huge fan of technical stuff, that’s another reason that led me into editing.

I feel like the biggest challenge as an editor is to learn to work with directors and producers, and keep a balance between different notes and visions. Also each director and producer has their own filmmaking style, I learned a lot from working with different filmmakers.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in LA and I think everything about this city is worth exploring. If my best friend is visiting, we’ll definitely go out for brunch. There are many good brunch places in LA but my favorite one so far is Larchmont Bungalow Cafe. Then I’ll probably take her to my favorite beach, El Matador beach, to spend the afternoon. Then we could probably go get a drink and enjoy the night, there are many bars I like in LA so I can’t name a favorite one loll. We can also go hiking, Los Leones Trail or Glendale Peak Trail, the two trails I love best.

Girls also love shopping you know, so if she wants to go shopping, I’ll take her to either Westfield Century City or Beverly Hills. There are also lots of good Asian Food Places in LA, I think I’ll take her to both Ktown and San Gabriel.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family, they’ve been giving me a lot of support throughout my journey in film.

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