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A VS Grad's Road to Winning an Emmy

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They say that life can change on a dime and that circumstances can become altered in an instant.  In the case of Video Symphony graduate Edward Tabacchi, his career life transformed dramatically in exactly 14 days.

Last summer Tabacchi landed a critical assistant editing position on “Last Call with Carson Daly” – one that would have him wearing many editing caps.

Within two weeks, Tabacchi, went from being his own assistant and freelance editor completing a freelance gig to being a central part of the late night talk show’s post production team

“I hadn’t worked on Avid in a while and I had to get the gears up and running,” explained Tabacchi. “But with the training that I got from VS and having done other assistant editing jobs in the past and wrapping up my current one, the timing was perfect.”

Since joining the show, he’s done everything from assistant editing and media management to prepping edits and creating lead-in and wrap segments.

But then Tabacchi has been on a career roll as of late. Besides the regular job at “Carson Daly,” the Denver, Colorado native has also been commissioned by Warner Bros. to create internal product sizzle reels for both the “Harry Potter” series and “The Dark Knight.”

But the biggest feather in his cap is the recent Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award that he and the rest of the creative team he worked with was awarded in the category of “Best Sports One Time Program” for HRTV’s (Horse Race Television) “Inside Information: Radosevich show.”

The episode, which Tabacchi served as the main editor on and also helped write and produce, focused on the story of the dedication of the Radosevich family to the sport of Thoroughbred racing. It was one of five “Inside Information” shows nominated in the category this year. Tabacchi was also nominated in the same category for another show he edited called “John Shear: A Track of Life.”

It seems Tabacchi has always had a knack for editing. When he first attended The Colorado Film School back in Denver, more than one of his film professors would note his speed and creativeness in the area of editing.

“They’d pull me aside after class and tell me that they really thought I had a knack for it and that I should seriously consider it for my career,” he recalled.

That’s when Tabacchi decided to find a school that solely focused on editing. In 2006 he came west to attend Video Symphony.

“When I found Video Symphony, I thought ‘This is perfect.’ When I got there and it was even better than I thought.”

He notes in particular instructor Sue Kinzie’s real-life workshop classes, Mike Sale’s assistant editing courses and the eight-week job search class formerly taught by Rob Ashe and now Brad Bucklin, as particularly helpful.

 “A lot of stuff I’ve carried with me,” explained Tabacchi. “I kind of always have Rob and Brad and the things they’ve taught me in the back of my head when I go for an interview or apply for a job.”

Tabacchi’s main advice to anxious graduates eager to climb their way up the editing ladder is to try and learn everything since things in the field are constantly changing.

“Stick with it. Know that you may be an assistant right now but if you keep working hard it will pay off. Don’t be afraid to let your ego get bruised a little bit. You’ll hit lows but you’ll often hit high highs. Keep sticking through it and you’ll get what you want,” said Tabacchi.


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