We had the good fortune of connecting with Sydney Marineau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sydney, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
It’s a frustrating process, to say the least. When you find yourself constantly adapting to change and the many shifts that life supplies while ‘trying to have it all’. However, that does not mean it is impossible.
As a film editor, my business and network is based out of Los Angeles and I live in Michigan. [Uphill battle number one.] In addition, obtaining a full time job, planning for a family, and owning many different small businesses is like juggling with one arm! [Uphill battles number two, three, & four.] If I were to focus on these obstacles as pity-producing obstructions I would get absolutely nowhere. Taking them on as challenges changes everything.
The balancing act of work and life is an opportunity for me to get better at adapting. Nothing stays the same, does it? Routines are not cemented in our lives so why should I see these constant changes in balances as a problem? It’s a test, a challenge to my abilities. My success in this industry depends on my willingness to tackle those hurdles and balance it out.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The art of the cut is one that should be invisible to the naked eye, unless purposely jarring of course. As a film editor, I cut on emotion; I want the audience to feel something. Understanding my own emotions and studying that of others assists me in doing so.
Speaking of segues, that ability to make people feel with my own creations is something I pride myself on. Whether it’s a faux trailer, feature film, or a personal two-hour family biography; anytime I can bring happiness to an audience member the job is complete.
None of it was ever easy; I just got better at it. Even to this day, like a writer, the blank page [empty timeline] is the most daunting sight. ‘Starting’ is the hardest part, always an accepted challenge to tackle.
As far as lessons go, I’m still learning each day with every job I encounter. Whether it be my own self-motivated projects or one I’m getting paid for: always learning.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Los Angeles, as it is a love-of-my-life, every recommendation I have is tied to memory.
For example: Venice Beach, I think everyone should experience the boardwalk, spend some money, and enjoy the constant sunshine. I recall visiting this place with my husband; it’s stored in my long-term memory so of course I’ll recommend it.
Another! Third Street Promenade. Prepare to spend money, but enjoy the sights, the scenery, and the street performers. Imagine your alter-ego enjoying their solitary life here in near-luxury and pure happiness.
Hollywood as well; I attended school there and never tired to the grind.
Taking the Metro, I believe, is essential for any visitor. Most states don’t have anything at all similar and I think it’s a great introduction to Los Angeles in the absolute random factor.
*Most importantly, I’d take anyone to an adult arcade. Where cocktails and Capt’n Crunch Chicken Tenders are a norm.
In addition, I would also take said friend outside the city; Ventura has a soft spot in my heart as well as North Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could treat this as an Oscar Award acceptance speech and list as many people as I can in sixty seconds. Instead, I’d like to thank every single person I have encountered along the way. Whether friend or enemy everyone has supplied a blessing or a lesson to my journey and I am grateful for the test of patience and the boost in confidence I have gained.
However, I’m not a monster: Shout out to the Los Angeles Film School & all my past professors, my incredibly supportive family, ‘Group 3!’, Spenser Scherle for hooking up this interview, all of my current creative team members [munchkins], my co-editing twin Devon, and my ride-or-die husband: Blake Görlitz.
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