So here I am, it’s June 30th and my first month interning at Discovery is over. I’ve learned so much about the industry of Digital Ad Sales and can’t believe how interesting and fun my time has been thus far. I’m loving the city of Chicago, to say the very least.
As many of my friends will tell you, I’m not one who enjoys just doing one thing and never have I ever enjoyed not doing anything. So, after I was hired by Discovery Communications as a Digital Ad Sales intern I thought to myself, “there’s more that I can do this summer.” And so before I even got here, I blindly sent off my resume and cover letter to quite a few different local production companies and waited. I heard back from a few who told me that they didn’t have any openings but to check back in the Fall. I’m going to be in LA in the Fall so you just lost your chance to work with Nate Hapke.
Finally I received an e-mail from one of the companies and the CEO wanted to have a chat with me about some projects for the Summer. I asked when, they said tomorrow, I said great. The conversation went so well, I spoke confidently about what I’ve done and what I want to do. She wanted to meet with me once I was all settled in for the Summer.
Fast forward three weeks, I was all settled in. We met the next day downtown at the Palomar Hotel. I walked into the room thinking that I was just going to be a Video Production Intern for the Summer. And what was intended to be a 30 minute conversation turned into an hour and 15 minutes. It spilled over into her next meeting and when I walked out, I was directing a feature length documentary for this production company.
Fast forward to now, when Discovery is still Tuesday through Thursday 9-5 and starting next Friday, when cameras finally start rolling, I’ll be directing my first feature length film Friday through Monday. The second full casting session is tomorrow for 3 hours. We’ve already hired 3 girls and more to come hopefully as the desired number is 7.
I’m a busy guy; always have been and always will be.