When I first heard about the LA semester, I knew it was something I needed to do. As a little kid I always saw myself in California and now I finally got the chance to go. Being here for just a little over a month I have had so many great experiences already. It is really inspiring to be taught by professors who are so successful and who are still working in the industry and in LA. I have already learned so much more about how the industry works than I would in Syracuse.
One thing I found very beneficial was meeting two of the producers from How I Met Your Mother who were Syracuse alumni. They gave us so much insight on how they made their journey from being TRF students to becoming writers on a successful television show. This was very helpful because as a student it is hard to imagine how you get from your first job to your dream job and they gave us a lot of useful advice. Becoming successful seems so much more possible when you are hearing from someone who was once in your shoes and was able to pull it off.
Another great experience I had was being able to attend the Creative Arts Emmy’s. It was nice to get dressed up and go to an event honoring the people who work behind the scenes and make the great TV shows what they are, without always getting praised for it. While I was there I got to meet Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, which was really amazing.
Interning at Allison Shearmur Productions has also been very rewarding. I’ve been able to read so many interesting scripts and I’m getting a much better handle on how the industry operates. It felt great to hear that I have a good handle on the material and that my superiors trust my opinions.
So far this semester has made me feel a lot more prepared and comfortable joining the real world after I graduate, and I’m looking forward to starting my career in Los Angeles. I’ve met a lot of interesting people, had a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else the LA semester has to offer.