WEEK 3 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.

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?

    The amount of meetings and events for the internship can be a bit overwhelming when I see them all marked up on my Google Calendar. 😬 I know that I can attend all of these events without a lot of conflict - and the main thing is that I WANT to attend all these events and meetings - but I still can't help worrying about the conflicts that will arise once school starts. I know that I can definitely do both, but anytime school starts I always fear burning out like I've done in the past. To avoid unnecessary stress, I think I'll try filling out an hourly schedule, so I can visually see the amount of free time I have instead of just seeing days blocked out on a monthly schedule. And to avoid possible burnout, I'll be on the lookout for warning signs and be confident in communicating my limitations to Jenny and/or teachers. 
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Prospective television writers, like myself, should have 2 original pilots and 1 spec script on hand!!! I don't even have half of one of those things! But, at least I know now! 
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

You must get used to late nights and weird hours. Nobody hustling in entertainment works a regular schedule. And we're going to be hustling for a minute....

 

jasmine pak, vIDEO PRODUCTION  

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

    I wrote a post on LinkedIn that went viral about a month ago about overcoming rejection and believing in yourself. I've been getting continuous hateful words from people through comments, personal messages, and even texts from strangers who dug for my personal information. They proceed to bring my race, body shape, and age into question and attack my personal character. It's tough for me to understand how people can hate so blindly and ignorantly, so I get urges to fight back and explain myself. I resort to deleting negative comments and not responding to hateful messages because I don't believe they are worth wasting energy on. It's hard to not let these messages get to me but I always remind myself that I made a positive impact on so many other people.  I'm still learning how to deal with the hate but in the meantime, I try to tell myself that it's important to not to internalize these messages. 
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    That your personality type can really influence your career growth, because you can utilize your strengths and weaknesses to develop as a professional and individual! I've been paying more attention to my personality traits and practicing development techniques to both improve weaknesses and embrace my strengths. Take your enneagram test!
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

Be a sponge! Sometimes you need to just be a sponge and soak in the knowledge from your surroundings and experiences. This also gives you the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the experience without distraction. 

 

sophia meng, design+marketing

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

    Definitely meeting up with Jenny face to face. I was in Los Angeles briefly, and when we decided to meet up for real, I got super nervous. I always feel at least a little uncomfortable in in-person individual meetings (I'm a longtime sufferer of the awkward silence), and this was magnified exponentially because I look up to Jenny and wanted her to like me!! Of course, everything went swimmingly and I came out of the meeting feeling energized and encouraged about my work, both within the internship and in the arts in general; I also felt more of a personal connection/bond to the internship that I didn't know I was lacking before. Next time, I will work on not overthinking, just going with the flow, and "being myself" (even though I'm not quite sure what that means yet).
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Internships should be educational! I guess I was expecting something different because I work remotely, and because a lot of creative work I've done for others in the past has been for either pay or experience, but I definitely viewed this internship from a "I'm doing stuff for the brand, and in return I get exposure and work for my portfolio" perspective before I had this meeting with Jenny. Which is why I was super surprised when she started walking me through parts of marketing that I didn't know about, and how and where I could improve visual communication and branding. I started seeing this experience as one where improving my knowledge of design and marketing was equally as important as creating something great for the brand. 
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

Be comfortable with not knowing what you're doing, and be receptive to suggestions and constructive criticism. Everyone and everything is just a work in progress, so changing things is just part of learning!!
 

Claire Zhuang, comedy writing 

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

    At my other internship, I was blamed for something that I didn't do. The department was forced to purchase an item of clothing because red ink got on it. I was pulled aside by a production assistant and was reminded (though not outright accused) to be aware of how I mark the returns in the future. However, the way it was said made it sound like I was the one who made this mistake because I was new to the department, I was the intern. I failed to say that I don't use red pens because it's often upsetting and hostile looking to me so I tend to avoid it. And I knew for a fact I didn't use it the day before while I was marking the returns. Next time I will be sure to stand up for myself and not silently take the blame for something that I didn't do.
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Everyone is making a mental note of how you treat others or how you're being treated. People do pay attention and see things, even if they're not working with you and even when it doesn't seem like it. As a general rule and one I've been told many times, just don't be an asshole. It can be mind-boggling how so many people fail to be kind while working. But note this doesn't mean unfriendly people won't get hired or find a group to flock with. 
     
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

    Often times you won't be the only person to not get along with a department or a certain person. Also, people love sharing stories of their time as an intern. Be sure to ask them to share stories. They're a good way to bond!

 

 

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