It’s kind of crazy that a little bit over a week ago, I was on a train into Stamford, CT for an interview with NBC. I remember in the spring, I applied for 7 different NBC internships in Connecticut and in NYC, and I was heartbroken when I didn’t even get one interview. I have fallen so in love with the idea of working in entertainment. 6 months ago, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, and all of the sudden, it was so clear! Television is so strong and so powerful. It can move people. I could go on and on. (I already did a few weeks ago in one of my posts, so I’ll spare you.)
Working at NBC has been an ultimate goal. I worked at an interview with a smaller television network last summer, which was great, but I wanted more experience. Something different. Entertainment is such a tough field to break into, and I knew that working for a company like that could be a game changer. Not hearing back from NBC, ABC, CBS, or really any of the jobs I applied for set me into a panic. I accepted the summer job I’m working now, which is great, but it wasn’t going to advance me in my career. When I got a text 3 weeks ago from a friend asking if I knew anyone that was looking for an internship for the fall, I was ready to say no. I have a million things going on this upcoming school year: being editor-in-chief of Spectrum, being involved with the swim team, two work study jobs, tutoring, and my normal school work load. There was no way I was going to have time for a job that required a commute with a full work day. But when she told me the opportunity was to work for NBC for the Maury Povich Show, I asked for more details. She told me that it only requires 1-2 days a week, which I had actually cleared out for myself unintentionally. I left my Wednesdays and Fridays free to schedule my work study jobs and tutoring sessions just in case I needed more time, with no idea that any opportunity would come up.
I immediately emailed the woman whose contact information I was given, and she responded almost immediately with a potential time for me to come in for an interview. It all happened so quickly – and then I found myself on the train into Stamford in my lucky interview dress and heels. The interview lasted 10 minutes, and I opened my email to my job offer literally half an hour later. I was literally floored.
While my (now) boss described the job responsibilities, I was actually GIDDY. An intern has the following privileges:
- Answering calls from potential guests who want to come onto the show
- Working directly with talent to fulfill their requests (as well as potentially keeping some of them away from each other if they are at odds)
- Working with hair and makeup
- Conducting the lie detector tests (if you’ve ever seen Maury, you know what I mean)
- Reading scripts
- Putting a headset on during filming and listening in with producers
- Helping out with social media
My boss told me that the coolest part of the job will be watching the shows when they air and being able to say, “Wow, I picked out that shirt for the talent!” or “I hung out with them and went over the script for this!” It’s going to be the kind of experience I never imagined I’d have. She told me that Wednesdays and Fridays are the perfect days to come into work because Wednesdays are pre-production days and Fridays are filming days. I’m lucky enough that I’ll be able to get the best of both worlds. And the office is small enough for the interns to walk into anyone’s office to ask a question or for an opinion. The producers have meetings with interns every so often to get their opinions and input on how everything is running. Is that even an internship? Seems like a real job to me.
As you can probably imagine, I’m PSYCHED. It hasn’t even really hit me yet. Something I’ve wanted for so long just kind of fell in my lap. After everything that’s happened in the past 6 months, it feels like this is finally my breakthrough. I guess it just goes to show that hard work pays off. Things don’t always go the way you expect them to. Doors close, but then others open. Cliche? Yup. True? Yes.