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24 C I N E M O N T A G E W H A T O U R M E M B E R S D O lowed me to attend every networking event that existed. Q What was your first union job? "For All Mankind," an alternate history, science fiction series for Apple TV+. Work- ing with Ron Moore and the entire post team was an incredible experience. Though I have worked on great shows since, this is hands down the best project I've ever been a part of. Everyone on the team treated each other with the utmost respect, and I embraced a work-life balance that truly worked for me. I still miss greeting the office with a daily "Hey FAM!" Q What credits or projects are you proudest of, and why? Th o u g h t h e p i l o t wa s n eve r p i c ke d up, working on Glen Mazzara's "The Dark Tower" was an absolute pleasure! It signifi- cantly advanced my creative and technical abilities as I worked with only one editor and a small visual effects team. Every day, my knowledge and skills were tested to the highest degree, and the collaborative environment Glen and my editor Nathan Gunn created was incredibly fulfilling as a creative. By the end of the project, I genu- inely felt like I played a notable role in the final product. Q What was your biggest challenge in your job (or on a particular project) and how did you overcome/solve it? Learning to work with unsavory per- sonalities and navigate an industry with historic harassment and discrimination has unfortunately been my biggest chal- lenge. While I have worked with countless amazing people, I have also worked with those who yell, patronize, and violate both my contractual and personal boundaries. I've discovered that establishing clear boundaries and demanding respect from others in my personal life has helped me do the same in professional environments. Educating myself on my contract by speak- ing frequently with field reps at the union office, and reading books like "Difficult Personalities: A Practical Guide to Man- aging the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe Your Own)," have also been instru- mental. Furthermore, I have learned that financial resilience is necessary for me to avoid or ultimately leave shows with toxic work environments. Q What was the most fun you've had at work? W h i l e s e r v i n g a s a s u b s t i t u t e o n "Mystery Science Theater 3000," I had the opportunity to work with my favorite actress/producer from childhood, Felicia Day. What a joy it was to watch her dailies and interact during ADR sessions! Q Jobwise, what do you hope to be doing five years from now? Five years from now, I aim to be a full- time editor for fantasy and science fiction television. I intend to work on shows that allow me to maintain a healthy work-life balance and whose post teams are staffed with genuinely good people. I'm currently editing alongside my editor on "Superman & Lois" with the goal of receiving addi- tional/co-editor credits and preparing for t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o m o v e u p w h e n i t presents itself. Q What are your outside activities, hobbies, passions? Food is my heart's true passion! From weekly meal planning to buying food at the Farmer's Market, cooking, baking, pho- tographing and of course EATING, I am a serious foodie. I even have a dedicated Food Instagram account: @isabel.yanes.foodie. My other hobbies include all things sus- tainability-focused (climate change, waste reduction, environmental justice, etc.), ste- reotypical SoCal exercises (yoga, hiking and mountain biking), and addictively reading fantasy novels from the library. I also love to travel and aspire to live in a different country every year, if possible. Q Favorite movie(s)? Why? To the dismay of many, I've never been much of a movie person. Most recently, I watched "Chef," directed by and starring Jon Favreau, after falling in love with the TV series on Netflix. I do, however, enjoy documentaries and must give a shout out to "The Biggest Little Farm," which follows a couple's journey of developing a sustainable farm outside Los Angeles. Q Favorite TV program(s)? Why? "Game of Thrones" will always have a special place in my heart (despite fumbling at the goal line) because it is the epitome of what I love in fantasy novels—complex and evolving characters, gruesome war and torture, sex, and of course… magic! Also, DRAGONS. It's no surprise then that "The Witcher" is my current top pick. Animated shows like "Avatar" and "Over the Garden Wall" redefined animation for me. I dedicated 2021 to watching all movies and TV series in the "Star Wars" canon, and "Clone Wars" blew me away. Dave Filoni's work is nothing short of incredible. My guilty pleasure reality show favor- ites are "The Bachelor," "Survivor," "The Great British Baking Show," and "Some- body Feed Phil," because I can never get enough competition, food, and travel in my life. Q Do you have an industry mentor? Although we no longer work together, Nathan Gunn continues to mentor me, and I cannot express the immense gratitude I have for his willingness to always be available for me. He is a masterful editor, a we l l-ve rs e d d i p l o m a t i n t h e c u tt i n g room, and a wonderful human being who has stood up for and stood by me through the best and worst of times. It is an honor to have worked for him, and I hope to make him proud as I transition into the editor's chair. Brian G. Addie, my current editor on "Superman & Lois," has taken me under his wing. As I strive to make the jump to editor, he is teaching and mentoring me on both the craft of editing and the mediator role that editors undertake. I am very fortunate to have found a teacher that thinks and works the same way I do, all while providing encouragement and creative criticism that motivates me to keep going. Q What advice would you offer to some- one interested in pursuing your line of work? Read Lori Coleman and Diana Fried- berg's book "Make the Cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV." Develop networking skills SEE PAGE 81

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