WEEK 6 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?

    It was my first week of school and I'm already struggling with juggling time and energy, just like I thought I would! :] It's a good thing that I enjoy this internship and all of my classes so far, but I need to learn to manage my time after. I'm definitely an introvert. Even though I do love mingling and meeting other creatives, hanging with friends, or talking to family members, I just can't help but feel exhausted when I finally get some alone time. I'm definitely able to handle these things better than I could have a few years ago, but I'll just have to keep working on it. Getting enough sleep and setting boundaries helps. I'll try to do more of that. 
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    That (spoiler!) La Croix has a flavor called Pure. It's just unflavored sparkling water. That's so weird. I wonder how the other flavors feel about it ...
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

Keep a planner!  And buy that planner at a Japanese or Korean stationary store! Their planners don't have dates, months, or years written in them, so you can use them whenever and the stores can keep the stock on the shelf. I was originally disappointed, but then I got a free planner at school and was like, oh heeeeey, now I can save this cute one for next year when I don't get swag paid for by student fees. 

jasmine pak, VIDEO PRODUCTION  

  1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?
    I've been going through some experiences that make me think in the long run. I think it's good to this occasionally, but it can engender confusion if I think about it every day. It makes me scared when I think about the future because it reminds me of the possibility of instability or uncertainty. After this mentally hectic week, I am going to try and take things step by step without thinking too much about what I'll be doing five years from now. I just have to remember that all the time I spend worrying, I could spend it by working hard... and that's good for the long run!!!

  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…
    There's a props team on shows! Claire told me all about it and I just had no idea that the job existed! Talk about living the dream job.

  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
    Pick up hard skills on the side in your free time. Basic skills in learning how to edit photos or videos can be beneficial. You may never know when you'll be asked to do it!

 

sophia meng, design+marketing

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

    I've been thinking a lot about how I view myself as a creative, and it definitely makes me super uncomfortable. I originally made the decision to change my future goals from medicine to the arts, despite having a very STEM-oriented upbringing and viewing "stability" as life's be-all end-all, and this deep-seated fear of uncertainty and failure still constantly manifests itself in how I think about things. I found myself reading article after article about well-known designers and illustrators who say that they never thought they would become successful or wealthy, and only made their art because they loved to do it. I love art but...I can't see myself ever being able to think this way: I worry about financial stability and the possibility of making a livelihood from my art every. single. day. What does that mean for my art? Does this mean I'm not invested enough? If I'm constantly trying to make "successful art," that means I'm not staying true to myself, right?! I'm not sure what I can do differently except continue to create despite these feelings, and trying to fight them as best I can. I'm glad I have this place to spill my insecure artist guts. Stay tuned for more angst!
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Life isn't a singular goal you can blindly and tunnel-vision-ly run towards. When I entered college as a pre-med, I dedicated all my energy into intensely fulfilling that goal. As if my dissatisfaction with that path wasn't lesson enough, I currently find myself doing exactly the same thing, even though I've transitioned to pursuing a future in the arts. It's tough to admit that the future is uncertain, but pigeon-holing myself into a specific type of artist or creative does me little to no favors in finding out what truly makes me happy (and I still don't really know...but I have to explore to find out!). I spent the last week or so feeling super disillusioned with myself as a self-proclaimed "graphic design lover" — if I love it so much, why did I feel like I was in such a slump, even though I technically had graphic work to do? But then I drew something and I felt a little better about creating. Basically, don't feel like you need to have or be "one thing" to be super legit. Do shit that makes you feel fulfilled and happy!!!
     
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

    Trust yourself and how you want to express the way you feel and view the world.

 

Claire Zhuang, comedy writing 

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

    The department I am with this week didn't have much for me to do. Not doing anything or not being able to help was uncomfortable for me, but these departments are also usually nice enough to let you sit in and observe people work. There is much to be gained from just watching others work. I think as an intern, sometimes it is just as important to do nothing and observe and learn, as it is to get your hands messy and jump into the work. There are instances which I must learn to accept that there just isn't that much to get your hands into, but in those cases, it is always good to watch and learn and ask questions if that person is open to it.
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    So much directing happens in post-production. Also, there are many different types of producers!
     
  3. 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 ask people how you can get started in the field you're interested in. This might mean asking them out for coffee, or just having them set aside some time in which they're available to chat. 

 

 

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