WEEK 2 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.

Week 2 started a couple weeks ago for THREE of our FOUR interns for this term and we really got Sophia's graphic design work running this actual week. Enjoy Claire, Sophia and Jasmine's reflections. This week we will catch up and post all three weeks. Check here later for WEEK 3 REFLECTIONS.

CLAIRE ZHUANG, COMEDY WRITING

1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?

I caught a glimpse of a possible future self this week. I can’t recall the exact context of what triggered this imagined projection, but I remember the feeling of discomfort at seeing a version of myself that I didn’t like. It was of someone who had lost their grounding.

I was told you need to be resilient in this industry, that when you become broken you need to be able to pick yourself back up. I’m afraid the version of me that gets back is someone who has lost their integrity, who has forgotten why they wanted to tells stories in the first place. But I try to remember that our reaction to situations is a choice, and we can choose the future version of ourselves we’d like to become.

2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know....

It’s okay to have thin-skin in the entertainment industry, but it is very important to have tact. This means developing a poker face and keeping the tears hidden.

3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

Anticipating needs is (perhaps) better than asking ‘how can I help.’

 

Jasmine Pak, Video Production

1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?

I always get nervous about pitching ideas. I'm just scared that people won't like them. My strengths are my technical skills with the Adobe Creative Suite and executing creative ideas. So when Jenny and I sat down to brainstorm video ideas, she told me to just write down everything that came to mind. At first, I tried only writing the ideas that would be liked by Jenny or the public. The fear of letting down my role model and getting hate from the public can really get to me at times, but Jenny encouraged me to just barf everything out. Not all ideas need to be brought to life, and every little idea can inspire a bigger and better one! 

2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know....

Any idea can be scaled up or down without forfeiting your vision. 

3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

No matter how long you've been in business, you're always going to need help! Find your community and support each other. It'll get you far. 

 

Sophia Meng, Graphic DesigN+Marketing

1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?

Whenever I start a new project, I get super "in my own head" about it, and I felt this especially hard when doing things for this internship because I really wanted to do the best job possible. This, in combination with a few other tasks for both this internship and some outside work I'm doing, really put me in a stressful mindset because I wanted to create something amazing really quick to "prove" that I could, but sometimes there just weren't enough hours in a day. I think I just need to work on telling my inner monologue to chill out and take things one step/one idea at a time.

2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know....

How many Photoshop functions I have yet to explore...

3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

It's good to push yourself, but remember that creativity can't be summoned (at least for the common soul)—cut yourself a little slack!

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