We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike E. Lesovsky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike E., do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
It’s simple. For me, there is no giving up. I’ve never had a plan B. I’m working in the field that I’ve always wanted to be in since I was a kid. From working in the little video store in high school, to film school, then touring with professional skateboarders and punk bands shooting and editing content, then up here in LA working for some of the biggest ad agencies, post houses and film studios in the world. I don’t have a back up plan. I’m riding this career till the wheels fall off. I’m just as passionate now about creating as I ever was. I love it. I don’t ever want to retire.
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.
I’m creating pretty much every day all day. It’s just what I do and what makes me happiest in life. When I’m not working, I noodle in my postcard company, Greetings From Venice and when I need a break from the screens and all the tech, I love to paint. Currently I’m about 78 paintings deep on a quest to complete every episode of The Joy of Painting(which ran for 403 episodes). Years ago when editing software suddenly became affordable the post world was flooded with editors who were computer savvy and could learn some key commands but just didn’t get the creative side whatsoever. So I believe that making it known that I have other creative endeavors outside of the edit bay became a selling point to clients for me. Got to play to the strengths to stand out ya know? It’s a never ending hustle. None of this has been easy though. But at the end of the day I remind myself that hey, I’m lucky to be doing a job that I’m passionate about and this isn’t a coal mine so, when times get tough, grind harder. Embrace it and get through it and keep creating.
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?
My favorite spot in the city has always been the Venice boardwalk. Checking out Wednesday night Underground Comedy at The Townhouse or grabbing some sushi at Hama after taking some photos at the skatepark or down along the canals – I love that section of beach though. It’s home.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A lot of people deserve credit for me making it this far. It takes a village, ya know? My family for all the love and support, my girlfriend, my fellow editors that had my back like I did theirs, my first mentor when I came to LA, Mr. Lawrence Bridges and Biscuit Delicious Jones. As well as the teachings of Walter Murch and any other editor that took a minute to drop me a nugget of knowledge along the way, it’s all so appreciated.