I’m a Dornsife student, but I’m also super into movies and television, which is why I picked up a Cinematic Arts minor from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Which, by the way, is the #1 film school in America. #justsayin. This semester I got the opportunity to put some of my entertainment industry knowledge to good use as an editorial intern at Larry King Now.
Let me just take a second to mention that I got this internship through a fellow Helene who I knew at USC and who now works on the show. Connections are a real thing! So is going to college in the place where you want a job. And so is going to a school with a huge alumni network — at my interview I found out that most of the producers on the show are also fellow Trojans. This not only shows the awesomeness that is USC but also leads to a sense of community even when you’re just starting out in a new workplace.
Anyway, a few days ago was my first day on the job. Now, I can be professional, but there’s no denying that I get insanely starstruck. Which might be a problem, since a big part of my job is to receive celebrities arriving for their interviews. On my first day I was given door duty — I had to watch for the celebs in case any of them showed up early. As I awkwardly stood around, I checked out some of the pictures on the wall — Larry King with all sorts of celebs, including some of my all-time favorite people, like Julie Andrews. How freaking cool.
After a few minutes, a nice black car unexpectedly pulled up…and out of it came Larry King. Now, it’s not like I’m a diehard fan, but I can appreciate a guy who’s done as much as he has, at least enough to make me speechless as he walked toward me. Luckily, I was able to grab a passing makeup artist and stammer out that I didn’t know what to do when the King came in. She kindly introduced me and I got a “Welcome aboard” from the man himself as he headed inside.
After greeting a celebrity guest and some of his crew, I was allowed into the control room to watch the interview happening. Watching a TV show or a movie’s creation is truly magic to me, and I was fascinated by all the processes that go into creating a relatively simple show. I got to help out by keeping track of moments that would need future editing.
The next day, I got to sit in on that episode’s editing session! Editing is the area of film that I’m most interested in, so this was really exciting for me. I love the idea that a story or its presentation can be completely different even with pieces of the same material. This was definitely the highlight of my week… and I got to have my name put on the episode’s credits!
I can tell this internship is going to be somewhat scary but tons of fun. I’ll keep y’all posted… until next time!