WEEK 10 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 went on a shoot this week and I was the only girl on crew (SURPRISE!). One person made it very clear to acknowledge that I was a girl by saying "ma'am" and "miss" directly towards me every time he spoke to the crew as a whole. He probably felt like he was being respectful, but I found myself feeling very uncomfortable that he made an effort to point out that I was a girl. I didn't know how to react, so I didn't say anything. It was just an awkward situation overall, and I genuinely don't know what I would do differently next time. Any tips?

  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…
    There are kind people in this industry. You may hear that everyone in entertainment is in it for themselves, but there are actually very nice people who will guide you on the right path, teach you some tricks, and give you invaluable insight on the industry. They're hard to find, so when you meet them make sure to stay in touch.

  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
    Spend your free time wisely. While you're watching Netflix, practice Photoshop, Illustrator, or any other softwares! It's good to rack up new skills. You don't need to become an expert overnight.

 

Claire Zhuang, comedy writing 

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

    My second internship came to an end on Friday and it's left me feeling uncertain of the future. I'm trying to stay positive and take this break as a welcomed reprise from the whirlwind that's been the past two months. I've made connections and left on a good note with those I've worked with, but I still feel as though I've left without a plan or a clear idea of how to get where I want to go. Perhaps part of the issue is I'm still trying to figure out what exactly it is that I really want. There's still so much fear in pursuing the arts and believing in myself and my abilities- even though I have my parents' blessings! 
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Sometimes people are secretly fighting for you, even if nothing comes of it. It's always good to know that there are people on your side, even if it's invisible to you.
     
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

    I cannot stress this enough: it's not always a meritocracy out here. It's who you know. So, try not to take losses as a reflection of your capabilities or competence.

 

sophia meng, design+marketing intern 

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

    I just started another internship centered around organizing communities for social justice, and after our first training yesterday, I started feeling really stressed about my role as an intern in this context. I find myself feeling uncomfortable with identifying as an activist, because I feel like I don't have the "right" to do so — I grew up quite privileged, my childhood community was comprised of a bubble of East Asians, and I sometimes feel very "fake" when I take on active roles in fighting for social justice. Of course, the thing that I have to do is clear: stop making it about myself, push through the discomfort, and continue educating myself and using resources available to me as a platform for marginalized communities. 
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Bullet journaling is actually pretty effective!
     
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

    Tune in next time...I have no advice for now...

 

MARIE WATSCHKE, LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION/COMEDY WRITING

  1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?
    Life hit me hard with a bunch of sad events followed immediately by a bunch of happy events (including The Comedy Comedy Fest :D). The emotional whiplash has put my anxiety and depression to the test ... and I fared pretty well. I'd give myself a B+. I know I can improve in some ways, but I've done the best I've ever done with this type of whirlwind week so I'm pretty proud of myself. 

  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…
    That house slippers are a necessity. Luckily I scored a pair of ASIAN AF house slippers at Disoriented AF! I mean, I should have known this, but I'm only lowercase asian and not ASIAN AF. lol

  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
    Have you seen that meme that's like, "Sleep, Work, Relationships, Health. Ok, now Pick 3 of those to be good at." That is reaaaaal. Idk what kind of hyper balanced person can succeed at all of those equally, but I salute (and envy) them.

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