WEEK 8 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?

    This week was pretty chill. I started watching the new season of BoJack Horseman and remembered that Diane Nguyen is voiced by Alison Brie and Todd Chavez is voiced Aaron Paul. These characters either didn't need to be ethnic minorities (because their cultures don't really come into play unless its part of a joke), OR they should have been voiced by voice actors of that ethnicity. It's not like there's a lack of AsAm or Latinx American actors that have "neutral" California accents. I can't really change this specific problem any time soon, but I can keep this in mind when writing scripts or creating other shit. 
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    That the song Baby Love by The Supremes is a super sad song about a girl getting run around on. So weird ...
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

Analyzing story structure and characters is the perfect excuse to give yourself when you want to watch television, movies, web series, or whatever! Overachievers need to rationalize comfort somehow!

 

JASMINE PAK, VIDEO PRODUCTION  

  1. What made you feel uncomfortable this week and why? What can you do differently next time, if anything?
    I was extremely exhausted this week -- both physically and mentally. Driving four hours a day on top of working a full-time internship is draining and I feel short-tempered by the end of the day. I felt so mentally drained that I found myself blanking on certain processes that I've done tens of times already. I felt uncomfortable asking my boss to repeat the instructions to me, so I decided to keep quiet and figure it out on my own. It took me twice as long to complete my task and I felt that I should have just asked questions. It's normal to forget and everyone has bad days, but next time I won't be afraid to ask questions!

  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…
    How much of an effect a commute has on you. Driving requires ultimate focus, and can give you a slow start to your work day.

  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?
    I already knew this, but I think it's important to emphasize the importance of being in the city when pursuing the industry. Sometimes crews will need last-minute hands and if you can be there ASAP, the job is yours.

 

Claire Zhuang, comedy writing 

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

    This week, I missed an opportunity to see a really cool set-up on set because there's a long running joke about me showing up to set when I'm not supposed to. Obviously, this joke has gotten to me and I decided to skip an observational/learning opportunity because I was worried, joke or not, my presence may annoy people. Next time, I will go regardless of what others may or may not think, especially if I believe it's a valuable/cool opportunity for me. 
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    There are always people who are willing to help you just because. 
     
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

    Doing the small things well matters. People will notice. 

 

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 am jumping back into work after 2+ weeks of not really doing anything creative because of moving in, an unplugged outdoor orientation trip, and school starting. After any creative hiatus, I feel uncomfortable picking everything up again (because, in my no-risk logic, you can't make anything bad if you don't make anything at all!), but what else can I do, but just dive in anyways? 
     
  2. I didn’t know that I didn’t know…

    Okay, I knew this...but I still need reminding about it sometimes: I have inherent worth as a human regardless of my potential career advancements! I've internalized so much pressure to literally be the "most successful" I can be, and this pressurized thinking always snowballs into me disparaging myself about not being a "great" enough artist. But then I told a friend about this and she said, "I mean, you know you're also a person outside of your art, right?" which really threw me for a loop for a second before I realized...oh yeah. Friendships, books, museums, talking to family, taking walks, beautiful sights, personal time EXIST(S). Supplement your life with art, not the other way around!
     
  3. What else did you learn this week that will be helpful to other people who are interested in pursuing the entertainment industry?

    Take all your insecurities and anxieties and channel all that shit into making stuff. This is legit my number one goal in life and hearing it said to me helps remind me to work towards being a healthy creative. So here is your reminder...whoever you are...

 

 

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