How I Caught Fire
By Kayla Grogan
Class of 2015
Television, Radio and Film
Okay, so I didn’t actually catch on fire in Los Angeles, but I did get a taste of the behind the scenes of the Hunger Games world as a development intern for Color Force Pictures. Color Force is, former Buena Vista President, Nina Jacobson’s production company. The company is responsible for film adaptations of The Hunger Games Series, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, and several other projects currently in development. With the upcoming premier of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the current principal photography of Mockingjay: Parts I and II, the office is in a constant state of buzz. (And I don’t mean with Tracker Jackers!)
So this sounds awesome right?! But wait it gets better… this is only one aspect of why my experience in Los Angeles has been truly unbelievable. I cannot put into words how beneficial this semester has been, and I am truly blessed for being able to participate in a program that offers such an immersive opportunity. Before coming to LA I thought the best decision I ever made was deciding to go to Syracuse. I’ve changed my mind. I’ve come to the conclusion that coming to Syracuse was just a starting point because I can honestly say that choosing to spend the fall semester in Los Angeles was by far the best thing I have ever done. I’ve been exposed to things that you simply cannot learn or grasp in a classroom. I’ve met people that one-day will probably be the reason I’m not unemployed! And I’ve had so much fun exploring everything that this awesome city has to offer!
It’s pretty simple if you want to work in the entertainment industry you have to come to LA. This town revolves around the industry and the best way to get involved is by being here and meeting people. “Network! Network! Network!” That word has been beaten into me ever since I decided to pursue a career in Entertainment. I’ve realized people aren’t lying when they say that socializing and networking are probably the most important aspects of the industry. So get coffee, get lunch, get breakfast, dinner, snacks who cares… with EVERYONE you possibly can. Every informative meeting I’ve set up I learned something new and each person I met with made my passion for the industry grow even further. People want to help you because they realize that someday you will be in the position to return the favor. It’s so sad that the semester is wrapping up and soon I will be back in snowy Syracuse. I’d do anything to stay in LA. This city has seriously started to feel like home and I will miss it more than you can imagine. I can’t wait to come back this summer and pick up right where I left off.