We had the good fortune of connecting with Devon Marineau and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Devon, why did you pursue a creative career?
My journey to this creative career was never much of a choice between various options but rather the only one I allowed myself to pursue. If you grew up in the midwest like I did, you might realize that there is a pattern to the work life of the generations before us. My parents, my mother especially, spent their early years taking whatever jobs they could to provide for us, something I will never forget and forever appreciate. And as they progressed into different fields of work, their hobbies and interests took a back burner to their exhausting daily work life. I came to a crossroads while determining my career and I wondered what wild life I could live by doing what I love for a living. It was not the popular option as the initial income is a struggle and the stability is nearly non-existent (something us midwestern folks are typically fearful of.) I knew I wanted to figure out how to make it work. I didn’t want to go to a job I didn’t love everyday just to have extra money to maybe do what I love in between. I’ve never been one to take the beaten path and I am thankful for that because it really solidified the choices that got me here. In high school I made a list of what I enjoyed doing and what I wanted to pursue and that list led me to film making. So I researched, I worked tirelessly, I saved my money, I scarified a lot and eventually I packed up and moved across the country with my twin sister (and co-editor) to pursue this career. It’s been thirteen years since I made that list and I am happily doing what I wrote down.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Every step in this journey has come at a cost and each challenge more difficult than the last. It hasn’t been easy however, things worth fighting for never are. I see this as another aspect of life, fighting for what I want and trying not give up along the way. Building my career and having this life has been challenging financially, mentally and physically. I acknowledge the lengthy road ahead but I am no longer standing right at the starting line. The strategy I utilized when I am up against a solid wall of a challenge is looking back at my previous accomplishments and recognizing how far I’ve come. I just tell myself: If I could pack up my entire life and say goodbye to everyone and everything I’ve ever known to achieve my dreams then what can’t I do? That was such a difficult mental challenge that took me years to overcome but I did it and it serves as the backbone of my self affirmations. I’ve also had a major advantage while building my career and it also happens to be a little factor that sets me apart from others. My twin sister Sydney is my editing partner and our business together is called ‘Twins in Post’. Aside from looking alike, our careers and professional goals are all completely aligned. We edit together and having a co-editor that’s also a built in best friend makes things much easier to navigate.
The most important part of my work is what I prioritize in the process. Throughout my edits, I make my main point of focus the emotion that I can produce with my art. I like to cater those feelings and emotions to the audience, like I’m reaching from the screen to put that rock in their windpipe or squeeze their heart a little tighter. In any other field we look at emotion as a negative but I see it as a wonderful experience and advantage. It connects our message to our viewers on a whole new level which makes those lessons more teachable and understandable. I continue to offer that rooted connection with each project I get to work on.
And lastly, another great perk I offer to each client and co-worker is my work ethic and attitude. I will never see myself above anyone else which makes me a great down to earth person to work alongside. My parents and family raised me to give my all into anything I do and to always remain humble and thankful for everything. I understand that others have had it easier and much harder than I have so I will always be open minded and obtain a willingness to learn more at every step of my career.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Southern California is such a massive hub of cultures, beautiful landscapes and experiences. There is so much to offer to visitors and residents consistently so I like to cover all of the bases and offer guests things to do here that they can’t do back home. I take them hiking through the Hollywood hills, go driving along Mulholland, visit the beaches and piers, take them to different valleys and desserts and just immerse them into the beauty that LA/So Cal has to offer. As a film fanatic, I am surrounded by endless filming locations and staples of rich film history. Driving around the San Fernando Valley or Sunset Blvd and recognizing everything that has been made here leaves my soul feeling replenished.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who have helped me get where I am today! For starters: my amazing husband Kenneth. Throughout our years together he has adjusted everything in his life to help me get to my end goal. He is an incredible support and I definitely wouldn’t be here today without him.
My twin sister Sydney is another. She is my second half, built in best friend, the Thelma to my Louise. She’s been a strong leader through our whole journey and I am incredibly lucky to have her.
My mother Debi is always my voice of reason and is constantly pushing me to be the best I can.
My parents [+ step & in-laws], siblings, aunts, grandparents, friends, classmates, mentors and so forth; I have an incredible system of support and I am grateful for each and everyone of them.

Website: https://www.twinsinpost.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twinsinpost/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/devinreauxphoto

Image Credits
Devon Marineau Christian Hawkins

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