Five Things I Had Never Done Before

Editor's Note: This post is the fifth and final entry in a series of posts from our Spring 2015 LA Interns.  Be sure to read Casey Bader's post,  Patrick Briand's postZach Romeo's post, and Sarah Czuprynski's post.

As passé and uncool as it may be, I have decided to take a cue from Buzzfeed and structure this blog post as more of a list; sadly, without the presence of oh so relevant GIFs. I realize not all of these will apply to everyone (and most of them are pretty embarrassing to admit), but if one thing on this list helps one person, this post has done its job. So here goes:

I had never...

1. Moved to a new city on a whim

I was sitting on the 9th floor of the Tisch building in early December, preparing for finals week, when Joe Pichirallo, our esteemed chair of the department, walked by. Joe told me about this exciting new venture that Tisch was planning for second semester seniors to spend their last term in LA. Although I was a junior, I was planning to graduate at the end of the year anyway and decided to check out the program. The more I heard, the more intrigued I was. With some help from the wonderful team of Wendy Kaplan and Greer McKeown, I was able to convince Dean Cameron that I should be able to do this program, and so I began my preparations for moving to LA the coming month.

Upon arriving in LA, I got a car and stayed in a hotel for a few days while looking for an apartment and navigating two new internships. Although it seems overwhelming putting it on paper, it was really just taking one step at a time. The 80-degree weather in February definitely helped keep me in good spirits.

2. Driven by myself

I know, a 20-year-old who has never driven by herself? Shameful. I had never actually driven by myself before. At 15, I had gone off to boarding school and had no need to drive. The summer between high school and college, I finally got my license at age 18… but then I spent the next three years in NYC, where again, I didn’t need to drive. The only time I did was in a Uhall on set – but there was always someone in the car with me. Anyway, first day of work, I set my navigation and got on the highway. My philosophy was that even if I made a mistake, hopefully other drivers would notice and not crash into me. This is still my driving philosophy. 

3. Done coverage

This is one of those things that I was able to fake knowing at NYU because there was never a reason to actually know how to do it until I was sitting in the office at my internship with a script in hand. Luckily, there was a template so I was able to just follow that. Now, I write coverage every day and it’s second nature. That’s not to say that I love writing coverage, but it’s not the worst thing in the world and it’s not that difficult to pick up, so don’t worry if you haven’t done it before. 

4. Worked a 9 to 5

Granted, my 9 to 5 days were short-lived. As soon as my internship supervisor figured out that she had hired way too many interns for the amount of work there was to do, she switched our hours to 10 to 5. My other internship hours are 11 to 7 because my boss was considerate of the horrendous traffic going to and from Santa Monica during normal rush hour. So all in all, I worked about four 9 to 5 days. Despite the stereotype of the grind, there is something to be said about having a routine every day and having your nights completely free of homework (well, I do have to write this blog entry).

5. Had a power lunch...

…and I still haven’t. But I have one scheduled for Friday and will report my experience in my next blog post.  As always, everyone’s journey is unique and specific to him/herself – yada yada yada. Never be afraid to just spontaneously jump into something that feels right – and if that happens to lead you to LA, I’d love to get lunch.