Rebecca has been lucky enough to intern at some pretty cool places through her college, and I asked her to share some of the stories that she lived out over the summer in Los Angeles!
First off, how different is California from Boston? Did it take awhile to get used to?
Los Angeles and Boston are two polar opposite places, as far as big cities go. I’ve lived in four big cities now (born and raised just outside Philadelphia, go to school in Boston and have lived and co-oped in New York City and Los Angeles) and I love them all for different reasons. I love Boston as a college town. Everywhere you look, there’s another college student getting to know the city, just like I did 4 years ago. Boston is also very much a walking city. And when you can’t walk, you take the T, Boston’s age-old form of public transportation. It’s a gorgeous city, swelled by trees in the fall and snow in the winter. And it has such a rich history -- you really can’t help but to fall in love. Then you have Los Angeles, a city completely opposite of Boston. The weather is always gorgeous, the beach is within walking distance of wherever you are, and the atmosphere is laid back. Los Angeles definitely took some getting used to, having only ever lived on the east coast before last year (I was out in LA in the Spring of 2012 doing internships as well). You have to drive everywhere, and the traffic doesn’t always make it easy. But that’s the only downside to the city. Los Angeles just makes me happy, and I know I’ll end up there someday, but I think I’m going to miss Boston more than I realize when I have to leave in December.
Last spring, you worked at Dick Clark Productions/ABC and this summer, you worked at Yahoo! How was your job different? What have you learned from both experiences about the industry?
I’ve been so lucky over the past four years with all the experiences that Northeastern has allowed me to have. From my first internship in New York City at The Dr. Oz Show up until my final internship this summer at Yahoo!, I couldn’t be more grateful for this university and all they’ve awarded me with. Last spring, I moved out to Los Angeles for the first time to intern at Dick Clark Productions and also ABC for General Hospital, both as production interns. I had had one production experience prior to these two two and I was able to continue learning and growing while I was in LA. At Dick Clark, I did a lot of research and office work. I also got to make decks (PowerPoints used by executives to pitch shows to networks) and production books for new shows. I was able to see a show go from idea into fruition and straight through to the final product, and it was a great experience. ABC was mostly observing on set and doing office tasks to help the producers.
This summer, I was lucky enough to land a coveted internship with Yahoo! Studios in Santa Monica, CA. After weeks and weeks of searching for an internship in NYC and having no luck, I found this internship last minute and was ecstatic when I got the offer after a long weekend of interviews. I could write a novel about my amazing 12 weeks at Yahoo! but I’ll keep it short. I was the only Studio intern in Santa Monica, and most of my time was spent bettering myself and my production skills. A list of things I did over the summer: attended weekly and monthly production meetings with the studio staff; compiled research packets on various entertainment topics (Emmys, One Direction, etc.); wrote, produced, directed, edited and starred in a video that I presented to over 100 producers at a Studio meeting, and observed and helped on sets for over 15 different programs, both in studio and on location. Phew! I learned so much over the summer and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.
As far as the entertainment and production industries go, I’ve learned over the past few years to be up for anything. Production is a hard, hard business, both to get into and to succeed in. You really have to be dedicated and motivated to do well, and I’d like to think I’m both. I’m both anxious and excited to see where my future is in this industry.
When you were at Yahoo, you were able to meet some pretty cool people, like Charlie Worsham and Danielle Bradbury! What was that like?
|With Danielle Bradbury|
|On assignment for a shoot with Charlie Worsham!|
There are always fun shows and plenty of things to do in L.A. Did you happen to discover any new groups/artists. What were some of the highlights of your trip/internship?
|Rebecca with Amber Carrington|
|Silly faces with Tori Kelly|
I also got to attend two dance shows while I was out in LA (if you know me, you know I love my SYTYCD and DWTS!). The first was Nigel Lythgoe’s amazing function for charity, the Dizzyfeet Gala! It was a night filled of stars and phenomenal dancing from stars of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. The second dance show was another charity event called Art4Life. It was an intimate dance show and a fantastic night!
|At So You Think You Can Dance|
Do you plan to move out to California after you graduate? If so, what do you hope to do? If not, do you plan to intern out here again?
I’ve been saying for the past 4 years or so that I have plenty of time to figure out what I want to do after graduation, but it looks like I’m running out of time now! With only a few months to go until graduation, I’m still not sure what I want to do after college. I’ve gotten too comfortable living in my college bubble and interning, that frankly, I’m terrified to see what comes next (as I’m assuming is a natural feeling for graduating seniors).
I do love California, but I know I have to end up there in the future if I want to work in entertainment production. So am I ready to move out there right now? I’m not so sure. California is a big move, considering that my entire family is on the east coast and it’s all I’ve ever really known. New York is like my second home and I do love it there. There are plenty of opportunities for production in New York, so that’s my other option. I will miss LA, but I think it can wait for a few years! It really depends where my opportunities lie. I’m flexible - I’ll move wherever I can find a job in this economy!
Did you make any new discoveries (restaurants, cafés, shopping) that you didn't last time?
To be honest, I’m a little boring and I always stick with what I know! With that being said, I frequented my favorite restaurants this summer, including C&O Trattoria (best Italian food in LA) and Lemonade Cafe! I also sought out macaroons wherever I went (I discovered Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills, which was amazing!) and stuck with my Intelligentsia coffee whenever I could. I also, once again, made sure to try every food truck I saw! I’m a food truck eficianado, as Parvati Shallow (from Survivor) called me when I ran into her at the food trucks at First Fridays on Abbot Kinney (name dropping while referencing my favorite street, due to another celebrity run-in -- classic!). I tried the Grilled Cheese Truck my first weekend out in LA and it was amazing.
I was lucky enough to have a fantastic roommate for the summer who also loved food. She took me to experience some firsts, including chicken and waffles at Bru’s Wiffle, cajun shrimp at Boiling Crab and korean barbecue (which I’m now OBSESSED with!).
You were kissed on the cheek by a certain One Direction member...*Cough* Harry Styles *Cough*, which I'm sure millions of girls all over the world are jealous of! Care to explain?
I think I played that one up a little too much because I knew it would make my friends jealous (no, I’m not too old to like One Direction! They’re foreign and adorable - what more could you ask for?). Here’s what happened: Over the course of the summer, I spent 7 or 8 weeks working on research and production pieces for the live stream of One Direction’s red carpet movie premiere in August. I spent weeks and weeks putting together a research packet and also helping produce packages for the website we’d be live streaming on. The event was in New York City on Monday, August 26th and I was flying home on Saturday, August 24th. With that in mind, I offered to take the train into NYC and work the event so I could get both live and red carpet experience on one final day with Yahoo!
|This Is Us movie premiere red carpet|
|The One Direction guys walking the carpet!|
So, there you have it! Pretty exciting stuff, right? I can't wait to see what she ends up doing in the business someday :)
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