WEEK 14 REFLECTIONS FROM THE #NEXTERNSHIP INTERNS

Every week we will post a quick roundup of lessons learned during this past week's work by each of our #Nexternship interns. We hope that even though YOU are not able to be Jenny's intern, you can learn through our fearless team! Every week, they answer three of the same questions. SOAK IN THE GOODNESS. Read more about them here.

JASMINE PAK, VIDEO PRODUCTION  

  1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?
    I know this industry is all about 'who you know,' but this phrase really frustrated me this week in a way it hasn't yet.  Some people from my past think I'm lucky to have landed in the positions I have now and they try to invalidate all the hard work I've poured blood, sweat, and tears for. They point fingers and say that I only got X because I knew Y.  If I was a meme, you would see my floating head with text above it reading, "?????????" This made me not only incredibly uncomfortable, but it made me furious. Just because you have a network of friends who can help you navigate this industry, it is not a hand-holding program that guarantees you success -- especially for womxn of color who work their little Asian booties off to be more than a mere number in the system. Next time someone tries to invalidate my efforts, I sure as hell will give them a piece of my mind... maybe the whole thing!!!

  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…
    That there are so many different kinds of C-Stands. In my most humble opinion, there should be just 1 kind because they are very annoying. 

  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
    Don't always rely on new technology to get you the best of the best. When something can go wrong, it will. Then you'll have to refer back to the traditional foundations to achieve whatever effect you initially aimed for.

MARIE WATSCHKE, COMEDY WRITING/LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION 

  1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?
    My mom and I just had a pretty difficult talk about how my education is gonna be put on hold because I got a killer job. I had to deal with the fact that I haven't put my all into education and she had to deal with the fact that our financial situation can't afford me passing up a job like that. It's just really hard on both of us to realize that our American dreams aren't gonna unfold like we thought they would. We really had to confront the barrier put before us by our intersections of mental health, poverty, race, and gender. 

  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…
    That I am still very funny! Jenny and the Disoriented Gang put me on the Brutally Honest Show last week and it was nerve-wracking and AMAZING! To be able to speak my truth on a killer lineup in front of a packed house of great people was a great experience that I won't take for granted. BEST. BOSS. EVER! 

  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
    All these sexual assault allegations coming to light have been super draining and triggering for a lot of women in comedy - myself included. But, it's also been empowering in a spiteful "Fuck You" kind of way. Louis CK used to be one of my favorite comedians and inspirations and then he broke a bunch of women's hearts by being a fucking piece of shit irl. My friend Robin Tran wrote a really good Facebook post about it and said "You make your own great thing. You got out there and your own change." So that's what me, and a bunch of other badass women and femmes are gonna do now. If you've felt unsafe to try comedy out or to go watch shows because of men like Louis CK, please come out to the Disoriented shows and mic. I know I work for them, but seriously, Jenny, Atsuko, and D'Lo are constantly doing their best to carve out a space for marginalized people in comedy. 

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