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My Fisher Internship
Ticket to nowhere…

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After reading everyone else’s blogs (which are all stellar!), I realized that I need to make an important distinction: though my internship is secured, my summer plans are still somewhat up in the air. In my last post I explained to you guys how this “Thor” position came about: I was put in contact with the producer of the film and was accepted as an intern based solely my resume and a brief phone interview. This was an exciting moment for me, so exciting that logistical details such as housing and transportation were the farthest thing from my mind.

Summer 2008 internship on the set of "Magic Man."

Summer 2008 internship on the set of "Magic Man." Click on the picture to see more!

Luckily I got started with the search early so I had plenty of time to mull over these “little” details. Well, unfortunately, in the business of entertainment and especially in Los Angeles, things change at lightning speed and nothing is ever guaranteed. Needless to say, I am still trying to clarify and confirm my living arrangements. The cool thing about Marvel is that they are being very lenient with my schedule and basically invite me to start and end my internship when it’s convenient for me to do so (being a Buckeye carries that much weight, I guess :p ). So, tentatively, my plans are as follows:

  • A week before departure, notify Dan, Arne Schmidt’s assistant, that I will be in L.A. on the first.
  • Arrive in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Wednesday July 1st around 7 PM. Take a car to the apartment building in Universal City I will be staying at until (or if ever) I find an alternative (cheaper) living arrangement.
  • Relax, unpack, wait for the fact that I’m in L.A. to set in!
  • Thursday July 2nd: If it works out, I plan to visit my friend who is a make-up artist on the set of Heroes =) Also, need to get the rental car situation squared away.
  • Friday July 3rd: Meetings! This day will be all about networking and making my presence known to the other industry contacts I have been in touch with this year. First, head to beautiful Manhattan Beach to meet with Dan and learn all about my responsibilities with the Thor project. Then, meet with a different Dan, owner of the New York Film Academy (NYFA, with locations in both NY and LA) about possibly taking night classes for acting/film production during this summer. I will also explore a different (employment) opportunity with NYFA in August, but I’ll discuss that in a later post.
  • Monday July 6: Officially begin my internship

Ahh! I can hardly wait, but man am I nervous. None of the latter is for sure so stay tuned. The most important thing to remember about the entertainment industry (and any industry really) is that you have to be persistent, patient, confident in your abilities, and strategic/forward thinking. I can already see where I could have been more proactive (housing!) and am sure that I’ll learn a ton more in the weeks and months to come. I’d love to hear what you guys have to say / answer any question you may have! Also, if any can help me understand how to pack for two months (ladies, you understand the issue here), I would be forever grateful.

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3 Responses to Ticket to nowhere…

  1. jhart says:

    Allie – Hope you have a safe trip! I’m sure all the details will work out, but good luck with any last-second planning.

    Also, congrats on winning the “Jason needs to see exactly how commenting redirects people, and testing is the easiest way to do that” prize! Have a great week,

  2. Vaishali Thirwani says:

    good luck on the upcoming week :)

  3. Patrick West says:

    Sounds really cool Allie. You have come a long way from Smith Hall Council President. Good Luck and have fun!

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