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.
CLAIRE ZHUANG, COMEDY WRITING
What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?Conversations about race in a work setting always makes me feel uncomfortable. How do I speak up? How much do I say? Will I be jeopardizing my relationship with this new contact in an industry that relies mostly on who you know? I think I missed an opportunity to dive deeper into the hard conversation by encouraging them to talk to their friends about their experiences as a people of color in the industry. And to be honest, I’m not sure how to do better the next time.
I didn’t know that I didn’t know…Adobe software is really pretty user friendly, just play around on their software and use their question forum!
What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?Be ready to say ‘yes’ to any task, but if it’s something you don’t know to do, make sure you are upfront about what you know/can and can't do.
MARIE WATSCHKE, COMEDY WRITING+LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION
What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?Coming late for both events really made me uncomfortable. No one seemed to be bothered, but my anxiety always kicks in when I'm late to events, appointments, classes, shows, etc. I just need to remember to BREATHE and check Google Maps frequently at least two hours before whatever event. Now, that is ALSO an anxiety-inducing activity, but it's a necessary inconvenience when you have to travel on PCH to DTLA during rush hour.
I didn’t know that I didn’t know…That I haven't been identifying as Asian-American, unless I needed to defend my identity and heritage. A few months ago, a friend interviewed me for a project about the intersectional identities of queer PoC and she asked me which identity I identified with most. I was honest and said, "Whichever identity is being attacked at the time. That's the one I'm most passionate about. Otherwise, I don't think about my identities. I'm just Marie." When I had to write my bio for the Nexternship page, I felt strange when I wrote that I was "a Filipina mestiza bi-sexual". At first, I thought it was imposter syndrome, but that didn't feel quite right - I'm not lying about being half Filipina or bisexual. I didn't know why I felt weird about it until I remembered that interview. I'm so used to only identifying myself in terms of conflict - while I'm playing defense- that it felt awkward announcing these parts of my identity in a friendly forum. While I was writing, a tiny little voice inside of me (the voice of white supremacy and heteronormativity) was trying to stop me from defining myself upfront: Why do they need to know? Why does it matter? Even if people don't know, you'll still be you... But, those are parts of me! Those things make me who I am and should be a point of pride, not only a point of contention. So, yes, I am a Filipina mestiza bisexual with a kick-ass entertainment internship and I'm stoked about all of it!
What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?Don't be afraid to reach out to people you know for help. A lot of people want to help younger people learn and give back to their communities. Be honest about your abilities and intentions. Know the worth of your time and the worth of the time of the people you're seeking advice/assistance from.
SOPHIA MENG, GRAPHIC DESIGN+MARKETING
What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?As is typical of lots of human beings, I like sticking with what I'm used to doing/what I think my strengths are...which is why I was thrown off guard when I was taken off a layout design project that I had already started preparing for and reassigned another project on visual branding (which I personally feel like is my weakest, most inexperienced area). I want to work on not shying away from things I find challenging—complacency stunts growth!!
I didn’t know that I didn’t know…Working remotely can get kind of sad sometimes! I'm pretty introverted so telecommuting typically doesn't faze me, but to be honest, I've experienced a few instances of FOMO since starting...I guess I want that #LA #nexternship #experience (sorry) sometimes!!
What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?Be ready to jump into trying and doing things, even if you feel like you're unqualified to do them; you might have to take a few swings at it, but it ultimately helps you learn.
JASMINE PAK, VIDEO PRODUCTION
1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?
I had a coffee chat with an industry professional who gave me some insight on the industry. They made it clear that every position they've landed in the entertainment industry has been through referrals and their inner network. It scared me and I almost broke down inside. I've been building my network in Berkeley and coming down to Los Angeles made me feel as if I was back to square one. I'm not sure why I felt so uncomfortable because I already knew that this industry was all about who you knew. I think it just felt like reality slapped in me in the face yet again. From this point onwards, I'm going to continuously remind myself that I'm on my own timeline and that it's okay. I'm going to keep networking and growing as an individual and it'll work out. Patience is important.
2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know....
It's important to learn that it's okay to not be okay. This industry is tough and often unstable, but your passion and determination to perpetuate change will keep you going.
3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
Write down your ideas and bring them to life. Don't let them sit in your notes for a year and hold onto aspirations. Make. It. Happen!