Travelling to Los Angeles has been a dream of mine for longer than I can remember. After now having spent the past three-plus months in the City of Angels, I can say that it has been everything I could have imagined and more. Being a musician and composer, I came to LA with the goal of seeking out a job in more of the music side of Hollywood. I applied to as many music studios as I could find, as well as one pipe-dream that I had come across, an internship for the late night show Conan. Much to my surprise, the music team at Conan were the first to get back to me of all other applications, and I had a job within a week of applying. My experience of working on the Warner Brothers lot in sunny Burbank has been nothing short of spectacular. Each day I get to drive a five-minute commute (unheard of in LA) from the Oakwood to where some of the most famous films and TV shows of all time have been conceived: The Warner Brothers Studio Lot. The lot is one hundred and thirty-plus acres of gargantuan tan studio hangars and outdoor sets, each with its own incredibly long history of Hollywood blockbusters.
The work life at Conan is about as far as you can deviate from the mundane desk-work of a typical intern. My responsibilities as intern for the music team mainly involve dealing directly with the visiting bands and musical talent performing on the show. On any given day I could be giving a famous rock-band a golf-cart tour of the studio lot, or personally assisting artists and their VIP guests during their visit to the show. Each day’s schedule is always different and more enthralling than the last, depending on which musical artist walks through the door for the day. Conan and his staff, despite their YouTube antics with interns, are some of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Being on a late-night show’s music team has taught me more about what I would like to be doing with my career than all of my previous years of schooling combined. I have never had more motivation to enter a career as a music supervisor or composer than I do now. For music students reading this that may be wondering whether or not a semester in Los Angeles would be relevant for their career aspirations, from someone who was in the same boat not too long ago, I can honestly say it has been the best decision I have made while at Syracuse University. You’ll never know if it works for you unless you go to Los Angeles and put in the effort, but there will without a doubt be unrivaled opportunity and experience waiting for you when you arrive.