They're here! They're here! The first class of #Nexternship Interns!
Here they are! We had an incredible pool of applicants and these are a few of the shiniest! The first class of NEXTERNS! Four outstanding young creatives excited to take over the world!
This is just the beginning. They will be helping me and Disoriented Comedy take our shows, video and platform to the next level.
Follow each intern on their journey as they learn the ropes of breaking into the entertainment and media industry. They will write weekly blog roundups on my website about what they learned that week. We will also release a series of #NEXTERNSHIP videos online so you can see what they're learning and how I am as a mentor and coach!
And if you applied but didn't get an internship this time, submit again in NOVEMBER to qualify for the Winter-Spring 2018 #Nexternship cycle!
Follow their adventures with the hashtag #NEXTERNSHIP on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.
Follow Jenny's YouTube channel for the #NEXTERNSHIP video series: https://www.youtube.com/jennyyangtv
P.S. Our Graphic Design+Marketing Intern, Sophia Meng, designed the incredible portrait art to make each intern shine.
Marie Watschke (pronounced: Watch-Key) is a Filipina mestiza, bi-sexual comedian, writer, director, and sometimes actress who is constantly changing her hair. As a queer WoC (Woman of Color) dealing with depression and anxiety, there are not a lot of spaces where she feels comfortable in the world (especially after the Cursed Election™). As an artist, she tries to create work that welcomes marginalized people. This goal has led her to some truly wonderful people and opportunities - including this Nexternship!
Marie started doing stand-up in 2013 in Orange County and has performed at the Brea Improv, Irvine Improv, and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. In 2016, she started working with some incredibly talented PoC artists on the YouTube series One Story Building as a producer, writer, and actor. Marie also collaborates with Los Angeles underground rapper Signor Benedick the Moor on music videos, livestreams, and live events. During the Summer of 2017, Marie worked at JASH Studios as a Production Intern where she was able to write coverage for projects in development, PA for Getting Doug with High and The Kassem Show, and act as a director and head-writer on an in-house project. She does all of this while working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema Television Arts at Cal State University Fullerton (and wreaking a little havoc along the way).
Claire Zhuang believes storytelling can save us all if we let it. She is a writer and budding filmmaker who is passionate about intersectional justice, Asian America, and making art that is accessible. A 1.5-generation Chinese American, Claire spent her most formative years in the Midwest and in the sunken place (she got out her sophomore year of college). She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in sociology and philosophy.
Claire is a recently moved to Los Angeles to intern at a top-rated television network drama and Jenny is very excited that Claire will be breathing airspace with the show's stars and creator.
Most recently, Claire left her MFA program due to institutional racism and systemic Asian invisibility and erasure (which you can read about here). She is a proud Voices of Our Nation (VONA) alumnus and a book reviewer at Hyphen Magazine.
Claire is ecstatic to be part of Jenny’s first cohort of interns! She hopes Jenny’s humor will diffuse into her by proximity. She likes developing other people’s work, venting so she doesn’t kill anyone when in rage, and cooking to procrastinate.
Jasmine Pak is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. She has a passion for Asian American representation in the Entertainment industry. In 2016, Jasmine completed her Summer video production internship at CBS Radio in New York, where she assisted in the production of The Taz Show, a daily live WWE Sports and Entertainment video podcast. Pak also assisted in radio.com interviews to promote hits from artists such as Tory Lanez, Brendon Urie, and Trace Adkins.
In the Fall of 2016, Pak served as the production intern at NBCUniversal’s affiliate station for the 2016 Presidential General Election, where she created motion graphics, set up the studio, and assisted with live directing during the Midday Newscast.
Early in 2017, Pak was one of the directors from CalTV (UC Berkeley’s online television station) selected to report at the Sundance Film Festival to cover LGBTQ and POC filmmakers in various movie genres. She discussed the issue of diversity in Entertainment with industry professionals such as Justin Chon, Hank Chen, and Lauren Oliver.
Sophia Meng is a 19-year-old loyal Californian/Type A micromanager/determined creative/proud second-generation Chinese American studying Visual Arts and Computer Science at Brown University. She does a buuuunch of layout, design, and illustration stuff for all kinds of groups on campus, from organizations like Brown Health Services and Brown Student Activities Office, to publications like VISIONS (a student magazine that serves to highlight AAPI literary/visual artists on campus) and The College Hill Independent (a newspaper that publishes politically engaged, accessible writing and artwork). Sophia also works with a few businesses in downtown Providence, helping them draw their chalkboard signs and menus, and she moonlights as a freelance designer and illustrator the rest of the time.
Things Sophia loves: love, binge-watching true crime shows, exploring different creative mediums, intersectional feminism, drawing funny/existentialist comics, desserts, representation in media, books, petting cats, fighting the patriarchy. She is so excited to be a part of the #nextern family!