Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Monica's life on Twitter and the Going Postal podcast, part of Conversations in Video Editing.
- Speaking of wearing many hats, let's just talk about a few more hats that you wear. While I get this fired up, can you just talk about your life on Twitter for? - Oh, my life on Twitter. Oh my life on Twitter. Twitter, someone told me I had to get on Twitter about four years ago, now, and I was kind of against it, 'cause I was like, "What am I gonna do on Twitter?" "Like, I don't care." And then I got on it, and I just started, I think I just started with just like doing random editing advice and I would slowly engage in people's conversations and so they would like, follow me and see like, my editing advice. - Like in the moment.
- Like you were like, "I can't figure this out, "let me tweet it," and you would get... - No, no, no, I would do advice. - You would give advice. - I didn't know what hashtags were. - Okay. - I didn't know how to use Twitter at all. (Ashley laughs) - I didn't know how to use it. I was like, "How do I start getting people to follow me?" So I started following people and just looking for people and following them and, then you know I'd slowly over time like, just engage in people's conversations here and there and if they found I had something worth saying they would like you know, follow me back.
And just kind of, over time as more people followed me I would like, put out like, random advice and then I'd get retweets and then you know, they would have thousands of followers and so because they retweeted what I said I'd get more followers, people who wanted to follow me. - But specifically, the Post community, why is it important? 'Cause most of what you do is with other editors and post-production professionals. Why is it important to be social when you are a creature that lives in an edit bay? I probably just answered the question there, but... - Well, it's...
A lot of reasons for me, it is so easy to like, people love showing how much knowledge they know. So if you post a question on Twitter, within two minutes you're gonna get an answer. And if you could send out something or have a conversation with someone in like 140 characters, that's like the perfect timing for us 'cause it's like, "Ooh, walking to the bathroom, I have time to tweet." (Ashley laughs) You know, it's... And I think it just helps bring us all together. Like, there's people I've met or engaged with on Twitter that are now my friends 'cause then, we would meet at mixers but they're like, "Oh hey, what's up, uh, T-T-Twitter!" (Ashley laughs) They're like, "Oh, it's nice to meet you." And then, you know with some people, especially if they're...
You know I know people from all around the world now, it's like, that's the way I communicate with them 'cause it's like, "Cellphones? "I'm not gonna text an international number." So what I do is I tell people I'm like, "Dude, find me on Twitter." I respond to everything, every question on Twitter. Any time someone asks me something, I will respond on Twitter. But-- - And then specifically-- - It's like I engage them. - You've channeled it into a pretty cool podcast, so-- - Yes. At the time I decided, I was starting to get more active on Twitter and I saw, you know putting out tips and stuff, like people were taking notice and I wanted to paint myself as like, this you know, help paint me as like, "Hey, look, I'm an editor!" Like, "People wanna hire me!" You know, just trying to establish that online reputation.
And also just like, share my knowledge. I love doing presentations and demos just 'cause I wanna share with people like, my passion and my love that we share and hopefully they'll learn something and maybe they'll talk to me; I could learn something from them. And since then it's kind of grown into this like, fun little thing 'cause you know it covers post, covers production, it covers pop culture, 'cause we're just like, huge geeks, and so you know, it's like we have this new segment so I usually, I make jokes that I'm like, "Wake me when you guys are done," because they're usually talking like you know, cameras and all these other things that I actually don't use, so I'm just like, "Yeah, uh, if I start snoring, just wake me up." And they'll leave those in, my little sleep references.
Then we'll have like, a topic to discuss, and then we'll have a one-on-one interview with like, a prominent person in the industry. And then we'll just do a movie review and that's like our pop culture aspect and... For one episode, 'cause they go to Comic-Con regularly every year, I produced and entire, you know, 30, 35 minute episode at Comic-Con where I interviewed a makeup effects artist at The Walking Dead Escape obstacle course. There were also the guys who did the show, The Walking Dead.
And so I go to talk to him about that. He was the guy who sculpted the little China Girl in Oz. And I interviewed like, people on the floor. Adobe was there, and so I actually produced the whole episode and I cut it. And so that was actually really fun, it's like a nice little way to just relax and enjoy our passion as opposed to like you know, no one giving us notes, the direction is completely ours, we have complete control of it, and it helps us deal with like the craziness of our day-to-day lives working in post-production, 'cause it's not an...
It's a fantastic job to have, but it's not an easy job. It can be very challenging at times, and just mentally exhausting. And so this was like our outlet and it's grown, and now we're known. (Ashley laughs) As the Going Postal crew. - Well, that's great, and you know, it's clear that you really love to interact with others that share your passion through Twitter, through Going Postal, through you know, working in so many types of shows with so many different types of people so that's all very awesome.
Is there anything that we didn't cover that you'd like to say before we wrap-- - I should probably like the, that Going Postal is the brainchild of actually Adam Bedford. Like, he's the one that came up with the show format. And Ben Barden, he's our like resident grump. And he'll probably like see this and be like, "Of course she would say that." So yeah, you know I just, it's fun. I like doing all the things I do and you know with the Fitness in Posts, that's the other aspect to stay mentally healthy.
It's physically healthy, 'cause you know, I had some tendinitis issues that were very painful, and so Fitness in Posts has help me work through that and have a lot more energy. I don't know if you can tell, but I have kind of a little bit of energy. Like I'm not just like, "God guys, I'm tired." And a lot of that is because I joined up with Zack's Fitness in Post revolution and it's kind of turned everything around for me 'cause I just feel so much healthier and it's like I have the energy to go to work, do my work well, and then go home and play with my kids, and get a good night's sleep without tossing and turning, and just have all this energy now.
It just feels so much better. So, it's like all these different aspects and... It's taken me time to find to figure all this out but-- - Yeah, sound like a well-rounded life. - Have real fun. (both laughing) - I still work a lot, I'm still tired a lot. - Yeah. - But I smile more now, than I did a couple years ago. (Monica laughing) - Well thank you so much for adding us to your day and we'll talk to you again soon, thank you. - Yay! Bye!