Oscar Loreto will tell you that you don't need fingers to edit videos.
"I was in my mother's womb," Loreto told Circa. "And while developing, amniotic bands from the umbilical cord wrapped around my fingers, my hand and my left foot, preventing development."
The 31-year-old video editor was born with a congenital birth defect. He's missing his left foot, but that doesn't hold him back from skating either. That's actually what led him to pursue a career in TV and film production.
"I edit the way I know how to edit. I put pressure on my finger or on my stub, and I'll push the keystrokes. And I click the mouse."
"My friends and I made a bunch of home movies with skateboards," said Loreto. "It's a pretty amazing feat to be able to ride a skateboard and hold a camera at the same time. So once I mastered that, I was like, dude, if I can do that, I can do anything."
The California native says he had a hard time breaking into the physically demanding world of production.
"I was a great candidate on paper and over-the-phone interviews," said Loreto, "and it wasn't until the formal meetings with production heads that I could tell by the look on their faces that they were like, 'Oh man, I wasn't expecting this candidate to have no fingers.'"
The father of two works for Spectrum Deportes, editing sports content. He says he had to configure his keyboard to make it easier for him to edit.
"I edit the way I know how to edit," said Loreto. "I put pressure on my finger or on my stub, and I'll push the keystrokes. And I click the mouse."
Oscar says he's just as efficient as an editor with 10 fingers and encourages others like him to believe they are, too.
"If you see this [video], that's rad," said Loreto. "But you should be able to look in the mirror and be inspired, you know?"
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