By Trevor Heckendorn
During the months leading up to my departure for Los Angeles, I second-guessed myself multiple times, as I wasn’t sure if the entertainment industry was right for me. It only took a week in Los Angeles for these anxieties to subside; I had found my people.
My conversations have ranged from writing to cinematography to favorite soundtracks. These are conversations that I’ve never really had the opportunity to have before, usually because no one would listen to me talk about how good the Jurassic Park score is. Here in Los Angeles, everyone lives to create entertainment, which usually makes for a busy, but amusing workplace.
During the first week, as SULA mingled amongst ourselves and with other industry professionals, I went from thinking that I watch too much TV to thinking I’ve never seen a television in my life. For most people, working in the entertainment industry isn’t just a job – it’s a lifestyle. After working long hours, everyone from the biggest agents to the college grads trying to work their way out of the mailroom, go home and spend what little free time they have watching Netflix or Oscar screeners (an incredible job perk). I, along with many other interns, have run into the awkward situation where my boss will mention a movie, TV show, or actor that I have never even heard of before. If I could go back, I would have spent the endless amount of free time that I once had watching as many movies and TV shows as possible. Fortunately, nobody will ever be able to see every movie or show, so the rest of ‘my people’ are in the same situation.
However, every once in a while, I will have seen a movie that my boss hasn’t – and it’s a great feeling.