We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Kean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the biggest factor behind my success is my grit. I have always had the ability to be hyper focused on whatever goal I wanted to achieve and chip away at it step by step until it was accomplished. I’ve been told that I’m a workaholic, but I take that as a compliment. I think that when you have a passion for what you do, it feels less like work and more of a calling. It also helps that I have an incredible amount of love (to the point of obsession) for post production, editing, motion graphics and photography. I am the type of person who does tutorials on my free time, take on free work when I had no experience, and work night and weekends developing my skills. Im truly most excited when I’m learning new things.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Starting off in a creative field was not easy. Living in Detroit after college during the recession there weren’t a lot of creative opportunities. At first I helped run a small independent movie theatre in a building that used to be a school. It was a very unique experience but when it closed down it left me wanting something more creative. I took on any editing work I could, most often super low or unpaid. I just wanted to make things! I’d edit my friends short films, demo reels, music videos or make up my own projects to build my skills. Eventually I ended up finding full time work as an editor. After nine years I still work in post production and absolutely love it. I feel really lucky to have still be working in my field of choice and to be getting paid to do what I love. There have been a lot of challenges over the years, long hours, insane clients and trying to make it in a male dominated industry. But, I believe that growing up in the midwest really gave me an incredible work ethic I always leaned in to any challenge, put my head down, and persevered.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I tend to hang out on the east side and don’t go west of west Hollywood unless to go to the beach. I like driving up to Malibu and going to the beach or hiking one of the trails. For food I love the burritos at Tacos Tu Madre, pizza at Desano’s, dinner and drinks at Sage or Bavel. The brunches at Alcove, flore, Kettle Black and Lowell Cafe are some of my favorites as is the coffee at Cuties. For my shopping needs I frequent Spellbound Sky, House of Intuition, P.F. Candle Company, Wacko and Skylight Books. I go out dancing where ever there is good electronic or house music, and also enjoy going to the Satellite, El Cid, or Los Globos. Before Covid, I would host a monthly film club that would take me all over LA. I enjoy shooting 35mm and instant film especially outdoors and with friends.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my partners who have always been incredibly supportive of me. Believing in me every step of the way and encouraging me to follow my dreams.