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Introducing TCC Talent: Jobie Nam

When did you realise that you wanted to be an Editor? And what drew you to this particular skillset?

I’ve always loved films, TV and music videos. Over the years, I gradually grew into the editor role and enjoyed experimenting with seamlessly combining sound and visuals. I believe the role mirrors my personality. Creative thinking and problem-solving are skills I strive to enhance every day on the job


Were you inspired by anyone in particular to follow the route of Post-Production?

I’m not really inspired by anyone in particular, but I have a lot of admiration for the work of Edgar Wright, Seth Worley, Adam Curtis and Bart Layton. These guys are very inspiring to me. 


You work with both Avid and Premiere, as well as AFX – do you have a preference of editing software, and if so, why?

Each software has its own strengths and challenges, and I like to learn as much as possible in each. I will say I love how quickly and easily you can get set up and ready to cut in Premiere. But for Longford, AVID still rules!

Jobie Nam – Amazon Prime Video (prod. That Lot), 2021


For aspiring Editors, would you say it’s important to learn different software?

Yes! Please do learn different types of editing software. It will only help to develop your skills and flexibility.


You have been with The Crewing Company since 2022, and we have placed you on lots of different projects with various clients already – do you have any stand out projects you have loved working on?

The two projects that stand out are working with Pokerstars on their Red Bull Racing campaign. I cut a couple of trailers for early episodes. Great footage of F1 cars and beautiful poker shots, it was awesome. The other project was with the lovely team at Quite Frankly Productions, editing a promo featuring Cristiano Ronaldo. 


What drew you to apply to be part of our agency? And, what benefits have you seen for being part of TCC?

TCC have been great in connecting me with teams that are in need of an editor. They are very well known across the industry and I love the way they take care of everything, from an initial client contact to invoicing and getting paid. They take away that side of the job so you can focus on the creative part.

What would you say is the most important skill to have as an Editor? Editors need to be hard-working, patient, focussed and creative. But one of the most important is to be objective. If something isn’t working, you must be honest and identify it and find a way to make it work.


What are you currently working on, or what was your latest project?

I started 2024 cutting a new episode for Pokerstars for their PCA World Championship series. I was lucky enough to edit two previous episodes so I’m excited to work with them again and their talented team.


You’ve had a varied career so far, working on comedy, factual, documentaries, branded content, promos and much more – have you got any stand out projects you have worked on that you are very proud of?

I’m proud of all my work, but I directed a short documentary called Fast Talk in 2020 which went on to Short of The Week and selected at Sheffield Doc/Fest. It was a huge passion project and I enjoyed making it very much.


What has been the most challenging project you have worked on so far?

I edited a 10-part documentary series for UKTV last year called Wedding Valley. We had so much footage, countless storylines and an ominous deadline. I was entrusted to stitch several episodes in the final stages, which was a massive learning curve. Thankfully, we made it and we were all happy with the series. But now I’m allergic to the wedding footage.


Would you say it’s important to work on a variety of genres, and what advice would you have to anyone looking to branch out?

It totally depends on your own interests as an editor. Some editors love one particular genre and are happy doing that every day. Personally, I like to mix it up. This way I can learn and develop more varied skills.

Jobie Nam – National Theatre, 2021


Where do you envision yourself in the future within the media industry? Do you have professional goals you hope to achieve?

Yes, I really want to expand into unscripted TV and work on more long-form content. Storytelling across a series is a massive challenge, and I’d love to be part of a team that creates a series like Drive to Survive or Squid Game: The Challenge. I will aim high and learn as much as I can on the journey.


What advice would you give to aspiring Editors? 

Good editors never stop learning. I’m always looking for techniques that I can steal from a show, promo, film or even someone I have worked with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as there is always an opportunity to learn from any situation


Can you talk about a typical ‘Day in the life’ of your role?

I usually start with being briefed by a producer. This is my chance to ask as many questions as possible to get my goal clear. One important question is: ‘when is the deadline?’ I also like to see visual examples of clips they want to follow the style of. Once I have all that information, I can start cutting. I work towards the deadline and check in regularly with my line manager to make sure I’m headed in the right direction.


How do you manage tight deadlines and handle pressure effectively? 

Sometimes you may find that you’re missing a key piece of information that has made your job harder. And you realise if only you had asked that question at the start you could have avoided any issues.


I think the main lesson I’ve learned is to communicate often with stakeholders and producers to make sure I’m doing what they want.


2023 was a difficult one for the media industry, how have you navigated through it?

Yes 2023 was not the best, especially the first half. Fortunately, I have some great clients and TCC saved the day!


Have you got any good ways to ensure a good work-life balance when working as a Freelancer?

Get a dog. The benefits are endless. You get exercise every day, you’ll socialise with loads of new people and you’ve got a best friend who thinks you are amazing no matter what. Cats are also available.


What do you do in your free time?

Well, I have a one-year-old daughter who is a bit like a human energizer bunny, so I don’t have much free time. I love to play with her and watch films with her. She may even grow up to be an editor!


Check out Jobie’s showreel here. If you would like to work with Jobie Nam, please contact a member of the team.