I’m a huge Breaking Bad fan. Huge. So, naturally, over the course of the five seasons I grew to love Jesse Pinkman and consequently gain a huge amount of respect for Aaron Paul as an actor. The first thing I said to my friends and family when I was accepted into the SULA program was, “Okay, now that I’m going to LA the next step is to meet Aaron Paul.” Obviously I was half joking, but if the opportunity ever presented itself where I had the chance to meet him it would be awesome.
On the very first day at my internship at Liquid Theory I asked my intern supervisor if there were any upcoming shoots that I could tag along on. He told me there was a shoot the next day for a bunch of Need for Speed promos, the movie starring, you guessed it, Aaron Paul. I spent the entire next day on set with Aaron Paul, Kid Cudi, and some other actors from the movie.
At the end of the day Aaron was the last guy to wrap on set and he had a car waiting outside for him because he was in a rush to his next job. On his way out he passed me, did a double take, I nodded his way and told him nice job. He stopped, looked me dead in the face, shook my hand and said thanks. This gesture was nothing earth shattering to him, but for me it was surreal that on my second day of work I shook the guy’s hand who’s work I had been admiring for over a year and who I had jokingly planned to meet after I was accepted into SULA months before. This story goes to show that literally nothing is out of the question when you get out here. Even things that you think are a long shot to happen can present themselves out of nowhere and you just have to be ready for it. If I hadn’t asked my intern supervisor if there were any shoots coming up I probably wouldn’t have had that opportunity. Being on set was a great experience and I can only imagine what else is in store for me at Liquid Theory.