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Susan Utell, writer and film editor

WRITER AND FILM EDITOR

Susan Utell has worked in all aspects of the broadcast industry—including editorial experience cutting news and programming for San Francisco network affiliates KPIX, KQED and KGO.

Her advertising agency editorial experience began with a four-year employment at the Bay Area’s first full-fledged post-production facility, One Pass Film & Video. There, Susan worked with advertising agencies; JWT NYC/Chicago; McCann-Erickson; Foot, Cone & Belding; Riney & Associates; Goodby, Silverstein and Partners; Y & R and Goldberg, Moser, O’Neill. She left One Pass in 1984 to begin a successful decades-long freelance career.

Susan’s editorial experience includes both long and short formats. She has worked on Emmy award winning documentaries for Reader’s Digest, programs for PBS, The Disney Channel, The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. Recently, she co-edited the documentary “WHY WE SING!” — a film about diversity and the San Francisco Gay Men Chorus narrated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, aired for PBS.

Susan has completed a four film DVD package of financial tips for Robbins Research International, with financial luminaries Harry Dent and John Templeton, hosted by thought leader Tony Robbins.

Susan was producer, director and editor of LIGHTFORMS, a short film, shown in the Mill Valley Film Festival. She has edited archival dance performances for the Merce Cunningham Foundation, which has been placed in the Museum of Modern Art.

Susan has experience in both Avid and Final Cut Pro technologies. She has accomplished post-supervisory skills with a strong eye for design and writing. And she is friendly.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver