From Bobby Orme’s (’19) perspective, clear goals and unclear paths lead to a good life. They simultaneously provide stability and adventure in navigating opportunities, and they allow room for the power of faith. These are Orme’s tools for success.
At age eight, of course, Orme had no way of knowing his career goal. He simply explored whatever he enjoyed. That included watching lots of movies with his family and riding along with his father to a class about editing video content using Premiere Pro. Soon, editing became a hobby. By 16, he realized he had inherited his father’s talent for crafting multi-media content. Maybe it should be his career choice.
Orme tested this possibility by exploring a couple of degree choices and applying to related scholarships. The door God opened was Liberty University, the film school with impressive facilities like editing labs and the THX sound-dubbing stage. Their program surprised Orme by its intensity, but he met its challenges because they helped him toward his emerging goal of film editing. He gained skills in post-production as well as cinematography, and he saw personal growth, too: “The program taught me that talking about my own works and talking about being confident in what I’ve done . . . is not prideful. There’s a difference between confidence and pride.” In the multi-media industry, you want to be confident in your work and present your best, partly because it also shows the skills of your collaborators. When one person succeeds, the whole team succeeds.
After graduation, Orme worked on the post-production development of a documentary. Then he worked up the courage to follow his career dream to Atlanta, Georgia where film jobs were booming. Unfortunately, it was 2020; the COVID-19 pandemic settled in the area, too, and stalled movie projects. Undeterred, Orme took any small editing jobs he could find, such as a short film and a TV commercial. Good performance and word-of-mouth reputation earned him more jobs. He widened his net as he fished for sources of income. He started a live-streaming account, and he founded his own video editing/production service company, Transfilmation Studios. In short time, the professional connections he made opened the door for him to get a full-time editing position. He now works for Messianic Vision in Charlotte, North Carolina and talks excitedly about the projects there.
Despite the challenges along his path, Orme says his goal of film editing remains clear. Any obstacles become opportunities for enhancement or adventures in faith. Along the way, he has picked up new skills and experience in diverse platforms such as live-streaming and TV which expand his craft. With every obstacle, he considers, “How can I keep making content?”, and in every project, he asks, “How can I use my current work to get into film?”
As the pandemic progresses and movie workers scramble to adapt and stay afloat, Orme finds himself in a positive position for stability and growth. From here, he can become more selective about the jobs he takes. He encourages film school students to do the same. Remain passionate about your dreams but open to opportunities. In time, you will know the worth of your work and how to select projects. Adaptability is vital because the film and TV industry is ever-changing. Jobs can lead to achievement or adventure, or both. Either way, you are going to grow.