By Taylor Van Sickle
When coming to Los Angeles I was mostly excited to escape the Syracuse winter and at the fact that I could possibly stumble upon the Entourage movie set. While I haven’t seen them shooting the actual film, I did see Jeremy Piven driving his Porsche down Santa Monica Blvd, but that’s beside the point. I’ve realized now after being here for over 2 months that I had so much more to be excited about back in December. There is absolutely no way that I could have imagined all the fun and unique experiences that I have had while out here; from hikes to days on the beach to all the incredible stuff I do at my internship. Seeing celebrities and being on sets is a lot of fun, but there is so much that gets overlooked.
One of my main things I have taken away from this experience so far has come from an early activity; a panel with Syracuse Alums on the Sony lot. While it was great to hear about what incredible things these men were doing, there was something that stood out even more to me than what they had accomplished. They were all friends at school and still are. I had never really thought about the fact that the people in SULA with me this semester would soon be my colleagues after we graduated. This obviously got me excited because I’ve made some great friends since being here and I started to imagine that panel being us in a few years (probably more than a few years, but whatever), and I found that I was so thrilled for the future. One of my favorite aspects of the entertainment industry is that you can work your way up from the bottom, and everyone that is successful now started exactly where we are starting when we graduated. It made me realize that not only are we all going on the SULA journey together, but that our journeys will likely overlap for the rest of our careers.