Learning the Nitty-Gritty Details of the Film Business

Editor's Note: This post is the second in a series of posts from our Spring 2015 LA Interns.  Be sure to check out Casey Bader's post and check back for posts from our other LA Interns in the near future!

It was about an hour before my flight back to New York for the spring semester. We were speeding towards the airport— My dad and I had gotten a late start— when my cell phone rang. I was offered an internship, the one I had been waiting for, and they wanted me to start as soon as possible. My flight landed in New York and I immediately bought my ticket for California. A week later, after sub-letting my apartment and packing everything I owned into a few suitcases, I was in Los Angeles.

The first couple weeks of my internship were a whirlwind. Not knowing anyone, in a new city, at a new job, was overwhelming. But now as the dust has settled, two months into the semester, I can confidently say taking part in this program was the right decision.

First of all, Los Angeles is truly the city of angels. Not only am I having the time of my life in LA but I can feel myself becoming a better person. I’m noticeably tanner, my skin is more smooth, and, after I cut out solid foods completely by switching to an all juice diet, my body is operating more efficiently overall. My new lifestyle allows me the time and energy to get more shopping done and spend more time with my celeb friends.

At my internship, through hands on experience, I’m learning all kinds of things that can’t be taught in a classroom. On a daily basis I personally take part in the nitty-gritty details of the business, be it reading scripts, making cast lists, taking calls, or ordering spring rolls (shrimp and pork, hold the pork). Everything I do, even if doesn’t directly relate to my career goals, contributes to a more whole understanding of what it takes to create film and television.

NYU has also provided a variety of educational opportunities outside of our respective internships. Harvey Myman, our LA ambassador and father figure, has curated an amazing line-up of guest speakers from different corners of the industry. He has done great job at catering these weekly meetings to be specifically relevant to our potential career paths.

On a whole, this program has been an awesome experience. I had planned on moving to Los Angeles after school but I had no connections and no plan. My time here has been enormously beneficial in helping me figure out what I do want to do. Now, I feel vastly more prepared for life after school and I can’t be thankful enough for that.