Leaning In: Handling the emotional and mental pressure of Post-Production

September 28, 2023

Mixing Light Contributor and Clinical Psychologist Scott Stacy, CSI shares tactics for dealing with intense emotions and difficult clients.


Office Hours LIVE! Answering Member Questions – 16 August 2023

Mixing Light Contributor Scott Stacy, CSI, and Office Hours host Patrick Inhofer discuss common mental and emotional health issues in the post-production industry, specifically focusing on the pressures and criticisms professionals can face in the line of duty.

Today’s discussion includes:

  • Mixing Light update – Looking for member assistance!
    • Help make Mixing Light more searchable
  • How Scott’s post-production career began as a creative side hustle to clinical psychology
  • Why it’s important to pay attention to your emotions
  • Understanding other people through the lens of personality types
  • If you’re hysterical, it’s historical – how past templates shape current interactions.
  • Strategies and tactics for dealing with difficult clients, in the moment
  • How to recognize when you need outside help

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Quote of the Day:

It’s important to ask why and have a sense of non-judgmental curiosity about what is going on in your mind.

Scott Stacy

Mentioned in this Insight

  • Scott Stacy Contributor Archive – Enjoy more of Scott’s contributions from earlier in the life of Mixing Light
  • The People Code – Dr. Taylor Hartman’s book on the different motivational personality types people tend to fall into.

(Member questions in bold)

  • 00:00 – Intro and Mixing Light Updates – A call for Member Assistance
  • 32:29 – Stoicism and the importance of ‘leaning into discomfort’
  • 04:13 – Scott’s career trajectory from audio mixing to clinical psychology to steadi-cam op to color grading.
  • 33:09 – Kyle – Being experimental and disconnecting from inhibiting emotions
  • 05:52 – What’s the difference between a clinical and a forensic psychologist?
  • 34:03 – Patrick on balancing your personality with people of your opposite temperament
  • 09:45 – Why Scott feels it’s important to talk about mental health in Post-Production
  • 34:42 – Stacy on the exposure, response, and prevention technique.
  • 14:15 – Why Patrick left editing for color
  • 36:35 – Patrick – How do you deal with difficult clients in a healthy way?
  • 16:36 – What is Past is Prologue (Shakespeare, The Tempest) – How our past relationships template our interactions
  • 42:19 – Toolsets for understanding other people
  • 19:30 – The importance of considering the why behind major emotional reactions
  • 46:30 – When do you recognize that you need outside help?
  • 22:51 – Patrick on the book The Color Code
  • 51:06 – 70% of business success is getting along with clients – how to deal with bad ones
  • 26:21 – Kyle – How can I overcome inner inhibitors?
  • 55:16 – Strategy and tactics will only take you so far. Pay attention to the why behind your emotions
  • 29:51 – Patrick – What is a healthy emotional response?
  • 60:55 – Patrick on the benefits of growing as a business owner and building a team

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