When My Summer Nanny Job Made Me Look Good At My Internship
By Caley Wildermuth
You never know what to expect as an intern. Some days are writing coverages and grabbing coffee and others are…well, just different. I have a firm belief as an intern that you should never say no to project, even if you have no clue what you’re doing or what you’re about to get into. Always say yes! You will learn along the way. And that is the position I found myself in on my first day back at the internship I had had all summer. I got dressed, I grabbed my coffee, I headed to my car, and then my phone rang. It was my supervisor. “I know this sounds strange, but could you possibly babysit our director’s son today? He’s desperate.” Without hesitation, I drove the hour and a half to Santa Monica, called a man I didn’t know, and showed up at a random restaurant to meet this director. Now, babysitting was in my nature. I had spent all summer nannying four children full time (one of them being an 8 month old), so when this director handed his one year old over to me, I could confidently say, “Don’t worry. I know exactly what I am doing!” And I did. I spent five hours hanging out with a wonderful little boy and had no fear of what to do if I needed to change his diaper or what type of food he could eat with only two front teeth. I knew what I was doing. You could only guess how good I felt when a VP at the company came up to me later that day on set and said, “Throw a baby at her and she can still perform! She can do anything! Thank you so much. You saved us.” I thanked the universe and my nanny job for letting me have that moment. You never know when random skills will make you stand out at your internship.