The Editor's Cut

Episode 013: The Bigger Picture: Editing & Mental Health

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In this episode we are taking some time to focus on the mental and overall health of editors. Laura Di Vilio a registered psychotherapist and Zack Arnold, ACE offer us a wealth of information on how we can live happier and more productive lives both in and out of the edit suite.

















Laura has been working as a psychotherapist for over 25 years and her experience has taught her how best to help clients gain insight, healing and inspiration. She uses a relational approach to depth-oriented psychotherapy which facilitates deep, lasting change. Laura is based in Toronto, Ontario. 

Zack Arnold, ACE is an award-winning Hollywood film and television editor based in LA. You can see his work on ​Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Shooter and Glee, just to name a few​. He is also a documentary director, and creator of the ​Optimize Yourself program and podcast. He helps editors work smarter and not harder so they can do the best creative work they’re capable of...without sacrificing their sanity in the process.


Resources from Laura

Apps to help with depression and anxiety

SuperBetter & SuperBetter at Work were developed by a game designer Jane McGonigal to help with her concussion symptoms. She uses games to improve psychological well- being. See her Ted Talk. She also has a book by the same name.

Headspace meditation app that makes meditating easy. They provide really good meditation instructions as well as meditations that are as short as 1 minute

Happify claims that its games can help increase your happiness and reduce stress while teaching you life-changing habits. 

Sanvello provides space for you to track your moods, health, and habits, offering relaxation techniques and mindfulness exercises tailored to your specific needs. It also offers curated audio exercises to deploy if you are having a panic attack.

Worry Watch helps you track your mental state over time by asking you first to write down the cause of your stress, and later asks you to return to the app to reflect on the worry and note whether the ultimate outcome was good or bad.

TalkSpace matches users with licensed therapists in their area almost instantly. In its own words, the goal of, an app developed in consultation with neuroscientists, is “unlocking music’s potential to influence cognitive states.” 


Books for dealing with anxiety and depression

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns

Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How you feel by changing the way you think. by Dennis Greenberger

Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety Paperback – Jul 7 2015 by Robert Duff Ph.D. 


Books for dealing with Work Drama

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun

The No A**hole Rule by Robert l. Sutton

Bossypants by Tina Fey



School of life

The School of Life is a global organization helping people lead more fulfilled lives. A resource for helping people understand themselves, for improving relationships, careers and social lives. They do this through films, workshops, books and gifts - as well as through a warm and supportive community which you can connect to on their app.


Resources from Zack

Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout)

Optimixe Yourself Podcast


A special thanks goes to Bryan Atkinson, James Vandewater, Katie Chipperfield, Krysia Szyszlo, Alison Dowler and Jane MacRae.

Hosted, Produced and Edited by Sarah Taylor

Main Title Sound Design by Jane Tattersall

ADR Recording by Andrea Rusch

Mixed and Mastered by Tony Bao

Original Music by Chad Blain

Sponsor Narration by Paul Winestock