It’s weird to think I have been in Los Angeles for almost a month now. It has definitely been an adjustment but I’m starting to get the hang of it. I have been switching off taking the metro and driving to work. It depends on how I’m feeling that day and if I get up early in time to take the metro. I know if I do end up moving here that living close to where you work is a huge benefit!
My internship has been going well. I’m constantly reading scripts and helping around the office. I want to push myself even more, pick up more tasks and continue to introduce myself to people. I do wish I had another internship, or a more hands on job; however, I did pick to work in development so I guess I’m experiencing what that is like.
Two weeks ago I went to the LA Film Fest. I went to a talk called Women Make It Happen with a panel of four successful women producers. Their credits add up to films like Hunger Games, and Dope, to the T.V show Walking Dead and then to the President of Brad Pitt’s production company. These women have made it from my point of view; however, they didn’t necessarily see it that way. They said you have to keep your values and only get behind projects that you are passionate about. Every new project starts from scratch, it just feels like they continue to do what they love, not necessarily that they ‘made it,’ they said it never really feels that way. Perhaps the most surprising advice was from Gale Anne Hurd who said you have to find something people will pay you for. You need to find a skill that no matter what, is valuable and you can fall back on. She talked about her experience in line producing and she knows no matter what she can create budgets and she knows how to do every single job on set. Seeing and hearing these powerful women speak to ME made me feel I can do it one day too. I really do believe that.
I realize the opportunities are what brings people here. I am starting to see L.A in a better light after going to the L.A film fest, taking advantage of networking opportunities, touring major studios, driving to an amazing beach in under an hour and going to a Dodgers game! There is definitely a lot to do here and I’m trying to experience as much as I can while I’m here.
Overall this past few weeks have been very hard for me in terms of adjusting. It’s different than just visiting a place as a tourist, I’m really living and working here. I am learning to take this experience day by day. If I think to the future every single day I will surely burn myself out. I am lucky to have this opportunity. I know this will make me appreciate my last year at JMU when I go back. I feel like I have always been in such a rush to grow up. I can’t help it, there’s so much to do and you never know how much time you have. However, after this experience I will go back to JMU with a slice of insight into what life could be like for me after graduation. How valuable is that! I will even have my little sister as a freshman my school and my older sister living close by. I am going to cherish this next year and getting out of your comfort zone and leaving home will make you appreciate and realize what you have.
I have still been working on Won’t Pipe Down and we just found out we made official selection for the LA Independent Film Festival. I’m ecstatic.