We had the good fortune of connecting with Cloe Fields and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cloe, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I love the challenge that editing brings me because every film is different and has its unique process. When envisioning an idea for a film, it first forms from an idea I have about editing. It’s like memories coming together, it’s a nice feeling. As a dancer, dance has always played a big part in my editing journey and I now like to think editing is my new form of creating dance; what the next move will be, how can I get from the first count to the last eight counts, and more. I started my film journey as a hobby in high school, making vlogs for my high school team, and now graduated from such an amazing school in Fall 2021 where I was able to strengthen my film skills and expand my portfolio. I truly thank ArtCenter College of Design for opening my eyes to how to start my business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Getting to where I am today, Being my own boss wasn’t easy. I started working once I graduated high school, to 40-hour weeks at all of the most popular coffee companies we know, full time at college to now making my own schedule. I guess you can say I traded the 9-5 for the 24/7 work life. I am very proud of myself because I busted my butt for 4-5 years to be able to now relax and do the things I love. Yes, there are still moments of doubt and a lot of moments of not enjoying it. I tend to overcome those doubts by making sure I make time for myself, and my friends and trying new food places with my boyfriend. Keeping a good work/life balance helps me stay in the moment at work. But to keep it short all this hustle came from watching my mom raise me and my sister alone. Watching her being a single mother in her 20s, made me grow up faster than a lot of those my age now, I appreciate the sacrifices my mom did to keep a roof over my head, which allowed me to learn a lot and value the opportunities I received.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being a born and raised LA Native, If I had a friend visiting I would make sure we hit Santee alley on a Sunday morning to shop and be in the culture of DTLA. Never forget about In n Out. Ktown, All can-eat Korean Barbeques. Attend a Dodger game and grab a Dodger dog. Spend an afternoon in Santa Monica. if we feel like we can handle the crowds….Hollywood Blvd to see the stars. Langers for a tasty pastrami sandwich or Monty’s in Echo Park for a great Vegan Burger. To have a chill night, Bar Flores for a Flores margarita.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to shout out to those who have helped me on my journey! My dance Director Kelly palmer who pushed me to find my place in the world, without her and the unlimited freedom to go for anything, I don’t think I’d be who and where I am today. My friends and family stuck with me and helped me create my path to college and life. My professors Andrew Harlow and Monte Bramer at my school pushed me to my creative limits. Lastly, to Steph Lyons for being my amazing friend/ boss as we create her fitness Youtube channel. She had a vision and I helped her make it happen by being her editor and social media manager.
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