WEEK 7 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?

    Taking a couple days off to binge watch tv and do nothing was necessary, but didn't make me feel rested. I was nervous because I felt like I was wasting precious hours that could be spent working on my website, pilot, spec script, or school work. I know breaks are good and that I SHOULD take them when possible. I just need to remember that I am only wasting time on a break if I don't actually spend that time resting. 
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    That cultivating a safe space means deliberately weeding out harmful people. Safe spaces can be great places for marginalized folks to thrive and create, but they don't just magically appear. They take organizing, planning, and constant maintenance, as they are not systemically supported and are always under attack by the oppressors. 
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

Find safe people you can talk to, so you can discuss discrimination and/or harassment within the community. There will ALWAYS be people who will have your back, even though you might feel like no one can help you. It's 2017, baby! We can expose racist, sexist, transphobic assholes and see some type of justice happening! #NoMoreFucksLeft

 

JASMINE PAK, VIDEO PRODUCTION  

  1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?
    Nothing particular made me uncomfortable this week because I was so busy with multiple tasks at work. Then one day I sat down on my bed and thought "What do I do now?" Being so busy at work leaves me unsure of what I should do when I get home. I have so many creative ideas, but I feel too tired and burnt out to start any when I get home. This long weekend is going to help me refresh and reflect on what projects I want to do on the side outside of work. Spending time thinking about how I can live a more balanced life between work, social, and hobbies will hopefully change my behavior for the coming month. 

  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…
    How impactful captions can shift a consumer experience. Publishing a caption one frame off can subconsciously put off the viewer... then deter them from ever coming back to your videos!!!

  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
    You're going to have to do things you don't like. I know that sounds obvious, but I can't emphasize it enough. It may simply be the next step leading you towards your next leap. In the meantime, roll with the punches. 

 

Claire Zhuang, comedy writing 

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

    Sometimes people will try to flirt with me at work. This week, someone told me Asian women are really mysterious to him. I responded that we were just like any other racial category of women and that we have varied personalities, experiences, interests, etc. His went on to say that he found me intimidating because I didn't flirt back. (What??) I found this really uncomfortable because, again, I was wondering if I was fueling the stereotype and exotification/fetishization of Asians. I am also infuriated at myself for being the useless polite POC who let this conversation drag on too long. I felt worse because the person who was trying to flirt was also a POC. Next time, I will work on shutting down this conversation sooner, but only after I make it extra clear that Asian women are really not mysterious. 
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Sometimes the people who end up interviewing you aren't always professional HR personnel. This means they might call you for a phone interview without telling you it's an interview. In which case, always be prepared for an interview at any time! 
     
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

    Your degree and education doesn't matter to most people in the industry. They just care that you can learn quickly, get the job done well- better if you can be perceptive and do it first without being asked. 

 

 

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