Monday, October 5, 2015

Informational Interviews: The Key Tool in Your Job-Hunting Arsenal That You Probably Aren't Using

Informational Interviews often revolve around "grabbing coffee", but also may take place in an office.

I know you think Informational Interviews are those blind-date adjacent things your Mom keeps setting you up with whenever you're home. However, don't give up on them yet!

I've found Information Interviews to be one of the most important tools in your job-seeker arsenal. The job or internship of your dreams may be just one coffee date away.

Why Information Interviews Set You Up For Success

1. The Industry is notorious for being all about connections. Informational Interviews allow you to pick and choose who those connections are - a must have in sectors of the industry where internships are few and far between (Casting, Sound Design, etc.). All it takes is a little research, a list of companies that you would like to work/intern for, and a strong persistent nature.

2. It shows your best side to a potential employer. If you manage to set up an informational interview, you have shown that you are persistent, knowledgable about the company and the competitive space they operate in, and truly interested in working with them and hearing what they want to say. Informational Interviews can take months to set up, especially with executives, but they are so worth it. You could be offered an internship or job on the spot.

How to Score An Informational Interview 

There's two ways to score an informational interview. One way is through your current connections and requires only a small effort on your part. The other way is 'cold contacting' through Linkedin and Google Search. Obviously, this requires a large amount of effort and research. However, it can be equally as rewarding as if you knew the interviewee through a secondary connection.

Utilizing Current Connections 
This type of informational interview is most like the ones your Mom tried to set up. It requires reaching out to your connections so they may introduce you to their peers. The best people to reach out to are Past Internship Supervisors as they are often interested in your career development. If you succeed, it will reflect well on them.

Step 1: Reach out to Past Internship Supervisors or other connections. Make sure you have spoken to them within the past three months.

Step 2: Send them an introductory email that gives them an update on what you've been up to, any projects you are working on, and any internships/jobs you currently hold.

Step 3: After sending an introductory email, arrange to meet with them in person or continue your correspondence via email. If they end their previous message with a courtesy "any way I can help", you may move on to step #4.

Step 4:  Explain your career goals and express an interest in meeting some of their peers that work in certain sectors of the industry. For this, it is helpful to have a particular person or company in mind that your connection has worked with. However, it is not necessary.

Step 5: If your connections puts you in contact with someone, you owe it to them to follow up, follow up, follow up! Persistence and patience will get you that informational interview, eventually.

LinkedIn is the best tool for finding people in the industry you want to work/intern in.

The Linkedin Way ("Cold Contacting")
This type of informational interview can take a lot longer to set up. However, it allows you to pin point particular contacts at the companies you are most interested in interning for or working for in the future. 

Step 1: Create a list of about 10 companies you would love to work for. I'm talking dream job prospects. It's best to limit the list to about 1-2 big companies (i.e. Comedy Central), and fill the rest with smaller startups and medium sized studios. This is because it can be a lot harder to contact and set up appointments with larger corporate companies. 

Step 2: Work your way through each company individually in order to find the perfect candidate to contact. I cannot stress this enough. You need to focus on setting up one individual interview at a time as setting them up requires constant emails and scheduling. You can use Linkedin or the companies website to locate the perfect connection. DON'T CONTACT THE CEO. They will likely be too busy to meet with you, don't have interns of their own, and are not really in a hiring position. Aim for someone with the job title that you may someday want. They may be the head or manager of the department you hope to hire into. As a general rule, make sure they are not more than about 10-12 years ahead of you in their careers. That way they can still remember what that initial job search was like and will be game to assist you in yours. 

Step 3: Once you have located the person, the research stage continues. Look at their personal website and find things that inspire you, that you find interesting, or things you may have in common. For instance, they went to the same college as you or you both are obsessed with fonts. At this point, also take the time to heavily research the company. You should know what they do, how they do it, and, most importantly, how they make money. 

Step 4: Craft the initial email. It should showcase your excitement for what they do and the company they work for. You want to convey that you wish to learn about their industry, not that you're asking for a job. You should be mindful of their time in both asking for an "informational interview" or to "meetup" and in the length of the email. It shouldn't be more than four paragraphs. Make sure to watch your grammar and spelling. DO NOT ATTACH A RESUME AT THIS POINT. However, include your entire name and briefly mention the experience you have had in the field. If they want to, they can look you up on Linkedin prior to the interview. Keep it brief and fun. 

Step 5: If they don't get back to you right away, you can send a follow up email. At this point, you are just trying to show them how excited you are to meet them and learn from them. If they do respond positively, just keep actively trying to set up a date. This can often be the longest stage in the process. However, patience is key at this point. Remember they are a lot busier than you. 

If they do not respond positively or haven't responded after three emails, you are more than welcome to move on to another contact. Quality, not quantity, is key in requesting informational interviews. And you'll be surprised to find many people are more than willing to help you out. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Entertaining the idea of Law School? The Best Schools for Future Entertainment Lawers

I'll begin this article with one important caveat. No matter what your parents say or how your degree in Theatre or Film looks now that it is staring back at you from the diploma case, don't go to Law School if you do not want to be a lawyer (or work in the Public Sector). It will be a waste of time, money,   and will be vastly unproductive. Follow your passion. If you aren't passionate about law and a career in it, you'll quickly fall behind those that do.

Okay, now that we got the real talk out of the way. If you are passionate about contract law and becoming an entertainment/ intellectual property lawyer, there is likely one question on your mind: What law schools should I apply to? 

Last year, The Hollywood Reporter wrote a fantastic article in which they identified which schools the Power 100 Entertainment Lawyers attended. Los Angeles schools (UCLA, USC) lead the pack, followed by Ivys, some New York schools, and the center of the nation's law in Washington D.C (Georgetown, George Washington).

Using the article as a great starting point, I've chosen to focus on the three schools here in the heart of Hollywood that are unparalleled in internship opportunities and industry experiences.

The Los Angeles Powerhouse Law Schools

Accounting for 37 of the 100 Powerhouse lawyers, it's no doubt Los Angeles schools UCLA, USC, and, to a lesser extent, Loyola Law School are famous for producing the lawyers that run the industry.  Just like in Film School, anyone looking for a career in the entertainment industry will most likely have to spend some time in Los Angeles eventually.


The top of your list and arguably the best law school for entertainment lawyers, UCLA is located in the heart of Los Angeles in the centrally located Westwood neighborhood. What sets it so far apart from the rest?

  • 19 alums made the Powerhouse 100 + innumerable alumni working in the Entertainment Industry
  • Central Location with easy access to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Downtown LA for Internships and Externships
  • California Resident price (save more than $6,000 per year!) 
  • Declare a Specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law: The Program is the Most Comprehensive in the World
  • Courses like: Art and Cultural Property LawMusic Industry Law and Motion Picture Distribution
  • Speaker Series with Industry players
  • Entertainment Roundtables with alumni 
  • UCLA Entertainment Symposium: The industry's top legal conference on entertainment legal issues.
Median LSAT Score: 167
Median GPA: 3.79
US News and World Report ranking: #17 

2. USC

The second school to command the most lawyers on the Powerhouse 100 list and also located in Los Angeles, USC should make it on your list. What sets it so far apart from the rest?

  • 16 alums made the Powerhouse 100 + innumerable alumni working in the Entertainment Industry
  • Location on the east side with easy access to Downtown LA, Burbank, and Glendale for Internships and Externships
  • Private University with the #1 Film School 
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic that provides free assistance to filmmakers, musicians, and artists - in addition to The Entertainment Law Society 
  • Media, Entertainment, and Technology Law Program/ Certificate 
  • Courses like: Video Game Law, Digital Media Transactions, etc.
  • Also, the ability to take classes at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (i.e. Seminar in Motion Picture Business) 
  • Two Annual Conferences: Institute on Entertainment Law and Business & Intellectual Property Law Institute
Median LSAT Score: 166
Median GPA: 3.76
US News and World Report ranking: #18

3. Loyola Law School
Further down on the list, clocking in at #9, is Loyola Law School. The East-side brother of private Catholic University Loyola Marymount, Loyola has made strides in the industry in the past few years (having a top ranking film school doesn't hurt either). It just launched a Fashion Law Program in addition to already having an impressive Sports Law Program. This is interesting as Fashion has been greatly ignored by the other schools who have chosen to focus on music and film.
  • 3 alums made the Powerhouse 100 + recent alumni working in the Entertainment Industry
  • Central Location with easy access to Downtown LA, Burbank, and Glendale for Internships and Externships
  • Private University with a Top Film School (although you are far from that campus) 
  • Concentration in Entertainment Law offered, divided into two categories: Transactional & Advocacy
  • Sub-concentrations in Fashion Law (no current concentration in Sports Law) 
  • Courses like: Fashion Mergers and Acquisitions, Sports Law Negotiations, Entertainment-Focused Business Planning Class
  • Impressive student-run Entertainment Law Review 
  • Annual Fashion Law Symposium & Frequent Live Symposia on Sports Law

Median LSAT Score: 157Median GPA: 3.29US News and World Report ranking: #75
Of course these are far from the only schools that teach Entertainment Law - these are not even the only schools that do so in the area! These are merely the schools that are proven to supply the entertainment industry with bar-passing lawyers. Your search for a law school will take you far and wide, yet these schools should be at the top of your list.
Best of luck with the October LSAT!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Complete List of Fall 2015 Internship Applications (UPDATED)

Yep, it's that time again! Application season is upon us.

UPDATED: 7/10/15 

Want more info/ everything you need to apply....CLICK HERE. This includes resume tips, cover letter advice, interview how-to's, and even housing advice. 

This page will be updated when more applications are posted. I recommend bookmarking it. 

Most studio applications are due the first week of July to mid-August. However, I would reccomend applying now! 

Notes about FALL SEASON: Fall season is the least competitive season! However, there are WAY less internships and some of the major studios forgo all Fall internships. 

NBCUniversal Campus2Career Internship Program Fall 2015 (Apply by 8/1/15). 

This cycle the application is by business sector (like ABC). 

APPLY West Coast (LA)

-Broadcast Operations
-News Group
-Ad Sales
-NBC Entertainment
-Cable Entertainment
-Corporate Functions 
-NBC International 
-Parks and Resorts 

APPLY East Coast (New York City)

-Broadcast Operations
-News Group
-Ad Sales
-NBC Entertainment
-Cable Entertainment
-Content Distribution 
-Corporate Functions 


APPLY NBC Sports (Connecticut)
APPLY NBC Bay Area (San Fran.)
APPLY Maury, Springer & Wilkos Show (Connecticut)
APPLY CNBC (New Jersey) 

VIACOM Internship Program Fall 2015: 

Note: Viacom has a rolling application process. Apply ASAP. 

-NEW YORK CITY LOCATION : Apply here for the General Application (most departments, except for listed below)

            -General Application Not available yet. Check back soon.  

-CHICAGO (Ad, Sales, Marketing): Fall 2015 Application


       Fall 2015 General Application    Not available yet. Check back soon.  

-BURBANK, CA (Nick Animation Studio):
       Fall 2015 General Application    

Disney Internship Program. Fall 2015 (due 7/10 - 7/18).

Note: Disney Careers is always posting new internships! Check back every week.  

Walt Disney Studio Internships & ABC Internships (Publicity, News, Digital Media, Development, Programming, etc.) in New York & Burbank Apply here. 

Interested in Disney Parks/ Imagineering Internships in Anaheim, Orlando, and Glendale? Click here.

SONY Internships. Fall 2015. NY/LA/CHICAGO

There are internships in Corporate, IT, Televison Creative, Home Entertainment, Motion Picture, Acquistions, Fiance, Development, PR etc.

Not available yet. Check back soon.  

Fall 2015 Internships in Time Warner Properties (LA/ NY/ ATLANTA). 

CONAN FALL 2014 Internships (due July 30th!)- LA

Apply here.  Unpaid. 

FOX/ National Geographic Channel Internships. Fall 2015

California Internship Program Fall 2015, apply here. 

New York Internship Program Fall 2015, apply here.   

National Geographic Channels, D.C Fall 2015, apply here.  

Lionsgate Internships. Spring 2015 (Santa Monica/ New York)- Apply by 6/31/15 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Working at the Parks: The Backdoor to the Industry

You'd be hard-pressed to find an employee in the entertainment industry that has remained untouched by Disney magic. They may have been inspired by the stories growing up, visited the theme parks, or even worked in the Parks at one time or another. This is especially true when you walk into any Disney-owned entertainment conglomerate like ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Marvel, and even ESPN. Obviously, there is some kind of correlation. Disney is a company known for hiring its own, however Disney jobs really do look great on any entertainment resume. There is a sense of fascination that these jobs and internships inspire that are virtually unmatched by any other job with a similar pay scale (retail, waiter, etc.). 

Now, how do you go about getting these widely competitive jobs on your resume? 

1. The Disney College Program

Everyone always asks me to write about the Disney College Program. I haven't for a number of reasons, namely I have no applied and it isn't a "Professional Internship." However, it is a great way to take off a semester from school and discover new friends, get work experience, and have a whole lot of Disney in your life.

Overview: You will be working full-time in the many positions at Disney World Resort or Disneyland. The pay is often around minimum wage and you will be working in Attractions, Character Attendant (Disney World only), Food Service, Hotels, Costumes, Custodial, Lifeguarding, Retail, Character Performer (audition required), etc. Although you can request one, you will find out what and where you will be working the first day. You also take classes through Disney University like Human Resource Management and Hospitality Advanced Studies. Some of these classes are even all about Disney. However, you HAVE TO check with your school to see if you will get credit for these classes. For one, Chapman University does not allow credit. You also live in Disney College Program housing. #dormlyfe

The Application Process:

First, when do you apply:

Walt Disney World: 

  • Students should apply/interview late August – late October
  • Program begins mid/late January and ends in early/mid May
Spring Advantage
  • Students should apply/interview late August –late October
  • Program begins late January/early February and ends in early/mid August
  • Students should apply/interview February – late March
  • Program begins mid/late August and ends in early January
Fall Advantage
  • Students should apply/interview February – late March
  • Program begins late May/early June and ends in early January
There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.
There is not a summer-only program session for first-time participants.

Disneyland Resort

  • Students should apply/interview late August – late October
  • Program begins mid January/early February and ends in mid August
  • Due to extremely limited number of positions, applicants for this session are restricted to Disney College Program Alumni who meet certain criteria.
  • Eligible Disney College Program Alumni will be contacted via email with specific details about this opportunity approximately in early February.  Alumni are encouraged to opt-in to receive information as it becomes available.
  • Opportunity begins in May and ends in August.
  • Students should apply/interview February – late March
  • Applicants for the session spanning May – January must be able to provide their own housing accommodations in the Disneyland Resort area.  This session does not offer housing.
  • Students should apply/interview February – late March
  • Applicants for the session spanning August – January must reside in the provided housing.

You do not need to supply a resume and this is many of the applicant's first internship or job. That being said, try to express interest in your top 3 roles as if you don't you may be stuck with one you didn't want. You also have to live in expensive housing and your courses may not transfer- please take this into consideration. The application process is intense: a survey online and two phone interviews. 

That being said, this can be a great stepping stone to an entertainment internship or job - especially with the Walt Disney Company/ Disney ABC TV Group Professional internships. If this sounds like something you will be interested in, please apply during the above dates. More information and the application can be found on 

2. Part Time or Seasonal Disneyland/Disney World

If you live in Southern California or Florida, getting a job at the Parks can be an amazing stepping stool into the company. Many Disney employees at corporate and ABC have worked in the parks! It's a great thing to talk about in an interview and get you noticed.

How to Get a Job:

1. Figure out what you are applying for. 

Seasonal: You must have full availability during Holiday periods. These periods are June-August, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and New Year's weeks. The downside: You have limited hours the rest of the year. You also have 5 days of corporate training (called "Traditions"). The upside: If you are looking for a summer job, you can't go wrong. However, there is a limited number of positions free.

Casual Regular P/T: This is the part-time position. You must be free during Holiday periods and during the year on Friday Night, Saturday, and Sunday. The downside: Hard life/work balance. The hours are dictated by the union seniority (+ union dues). Training schedules are unflexible. The upside: After a couple months you can cross-train on another ride or transfer to another position (i.e. tour guide, character attendant, etc.).

Regular: This is full-time. You must have full availability.

2. Choose Your Role

Most people start out in one of five roles.

1. Attractions: You are controlling the rides, greeting guests, setting up the parade routes/shows (World of Color, etc.), and keeping the magic alive.

2. Merchandise: You are working in retail. Unless you are places in Downtown Disney or Main Street, you often rotate around to different stores/pin-trading areas.

3. Food Service: You are cooking, ringing up guests, and working in the many restaurants and stands in the parks or Downtown Disney.

4. Entertainment: You are a Character Attendant, a costumer, or even a character (audition required).

5. Custodial: Pretty self explanatory.

Other roles include Photo Pass Photographer, Greeter, Tickets, or Parking Lot. However, these are less common.

3. Application Process

I'm not going to lie to you, the application process is long and it widely varies. Some people can apply and not hear back for an online interview for 8 months. Others can hear back in 2 weeks. However, I'm going to breakdown the entire process for you. 

1. You apply on You have the highest chance of getting an interview if you apply the DAY the position is posted. These positions are very competitive and see a huge number of applications. I would recommend checking every day. Keeping in mind they post a position in March to hire for Summer (May). You will also see a post in October to hire for the Holiday Season. It is very similar to entertainment internship scheduling, but with higher stakes. 

2. Days or Weeks or Months goes by and you hear back for an online interview. It is an interview testing your customer service skills and moral aptitude. The best advice I can give you is just to be consistent. They will ask you pretty much the same question multiple times in different ways. Also answer the same way as you did the first time. 

3. If you pass, you will immediately be asked to schedule an in-person interview online. 

4. The day of your interview, you must arrive about 20 mins ahead of time at the Disney Casting Center. You will get the name of your interviewer and asked to take a seat. When they are done interviewing another applicant, the interviewer will lead you inside their office. First off, they will ask why you want to work at Disney. Then they will ask you a series of questions pertaining to your work experience and the role you applied for. 

For attractions, they will ask you where you would like to work. Don't be afraid to say your favorite land, park, or attraction! They will also ask if you are afraid of heights and can swim. 

You must be in Disney look. This means no crazy hair color, neat natural colored fingers, no piecings, and covered tattoos. You must dress in business wear. If you do not do so, you WILL NOT get the job and will have to wait 6 months to reapply. 

5. At the end of the interview, they will tell you that you did not get the job OR give you a blue sheet of paper that indicates you are on the waitlist OR give you a yellow sheet of paper that indicated you got the job now. 

If you are on the waitlist, you will be called in about a month or longer if positions become available. They will email before they call. If you do not answer this call, you will likely not be hired. 

If you got the job, you will be sent to fill out a drug test authorization form. You will then have to take a drug test in 48 hours at a specified clinic. You will also schedule an on-boarding appointment and fill out paperwork online. At the appointment you will finish filling out paperwork and get the picture for your ID taken. You will then get the schedule for your three corporate training seminars ("Traditions")! 

Congrats, you're a Disney employee now. 

3. Disney Professional Internship Program

We've been over this...many times. :) 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How to Turn Your Internships into a Job (w/ Google Drive)

Google Drive: Not the Wingman you need, the Wingman you deserve.  It's fast, it's smart, and it never forgets a careers website.

In this lengthy article I'm going to teach you how to turn those networking opportunities we like to refer to as Internships into the frameworks for your future success. Yes, one Google Drive folder can get you organized, prepared, and ready to tackle your future job search (+ quell your panic a bit Seniors).

 If you aren't using Google Drive - it's time to start. Click here and log-in using your Google Account. If you don't have a Google account, we have other problems.

As you can see above, my Google Drive is pretty fleshed out - Say Hi to the Hollywood Intern Diaries Folder! Home to all the graphics and resumes that you embrace. Other than Hollywood Intern Diaries you will see a Chapman Folder (home to class projects), Competition Research/Key Verticals/Quarterly Category Reviews (leftover from my Discovery internship), Exchange Documentary (coming next year), and finally the most important two folders on here: Work Portfolio and Life in LA/The Industry. 

Although I hope the above list will give you a better understanding of the many ways you can use Google Drive in your everyday life - the last two folders are what this article will focus on. Let's go folder by folder.

Work Portfolio

Home to all the projects you completed at your internship that do not revel confidential information/ have already aired/ or in which confidential info has been edited out. 

I can't tell you how many people I know have toiled away for months doing research, constructing presentations, doing coverage, and creating casting lists - only to leave them on their Internship computer never to see them again. DON'T DO THIS. Samples of these can go in a portfolio, be sent to potential employers before an interview, and generally represent that YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. You've got that real world experience. Don't throw it away. 

Before ending an Internship, transfer select files that you created into a private Google Drive folder. Then they will be there years down the line when you need them. 

Life in LA/ The Industry

Home to your life blood. Okay, seriously, this is the place for lists of your Industry contacts, the contact info of fellow Interns, possible job opportunities, and samples of work that you can model yours off of (Scripts, Production Design Plans, etc.). 

By creating a can-be-accessed-anywhere (phone, tablet, any computer) organized folder like this, you will no doubt have success in the job search.

Part 1: Industry Contacts

One of the most important sub-folders on this list. This is the place for the contact information of everyone you've ever worked with, interned with, past friends who have graduated, and those people that just gave you their business card. This is your Holy Grail. This will maximize networking opportunities. It's a great way to keep track of how long it's been since you've talked to your contacts and who is due for a good old fashioned coffee date to talk about job opportunities (or drinks if you swing that way). 

How to make it: Make a Google Sheets Spreadsheet. Make columns for Name, Phone, Email, Facebook, Current Title, Company, Department, College (helpful if they are an Alum), How You Know Them (Past Supervisor @ABC, etc.), and Last Time Talked (Within 3 Months, 6 Months, 1 Year, etc.). Ideally, you don't want to have anyone on here that you haven't talked to in 2 years - that's the networking cutoff. 

Keep it updated! Every time you start or end an internship, add the emails/phone numbers of everyone you worked with there (before your temporary email expires!).

Part 2: Intern Contact Sheet

Before you end an internship (and I would encourage you to do it at the start!), be sure to get the other Interns you worked with to fill out an contact list via Google Drive. That way you guys can hang out, add each other on Facebook, keep in contact, and maybe help each other get a job someday. After they've add their information, add them to the Industry Contact list you created above. 

Part 3: Possible Job Opportunities

This is another very important document. Invaluable even. This is the place where you list all the companies, in every 'industry' of the entertainment sector (Production, Development, TV, Digital, etc.), where you would like to work. You can see from mine below that this is a project that will take a bit - but it is so worth it. I don't have to search for NBC Careers if I want to see what jobs are open. All I do is go on the Drive and click their website. It's that easy. Let's go ahead and talk about how to create this awesome resource for yourself. 

The Columns are as followed:
Industry- Which sector of the Industry does this Company fit in? For instance: Production, Film, TV, Digital, Digital-YouTube, Career Development, Fashion, etc. You can make up your own Industry titles, these are just examples to get your brain thinking. 

Company- The Name of the Company as given by their Careers website (i.e. Disney based on You can make separate rows for each company within a monopoly (i.e. Maker/Disney). However, I would decide against it unless that is your favorite company. It saves time to click and browse on one link.

Department- A list of all the Departments you are capable of working in. This can be based off the careers listings or very general: Development, Alternative Programming, Digital Research, etc. 

Years of Experience Required- You may be able to find this out by browsing the entry-level jobs (Assistants, etc.) posted on their websites. 

Level- A colored coded off hand analysis of the company and your prospect of getting hired by them. This will help when deciding where to spend your time applying. You must take into account the years of experience required, their locations, if they are opening a new office, how they have been doing financially (and ratings-wise), and if you know someone or have a connection with that company. I've ranked them 1-3, with 3 being the hardest. 

Locations- Although it sometime feels like everything is in LA -  it isn't. If you are thinking about moving post-grad, make sure to list all the Locations a company has. 

Website: The address of their careers website!


Part 4: Professional Samples (Optional)

Now, this part is optional. However, if you are seeking a job in a creative filed like writing, production design, or cinematography, I would highly recommend it. These are basically samples of other people's work that you have acquired through the years that will show you what a professional's work looks like and will allow you to produce work of the same quality/format.

Ideas for Writing: I do some screenwriting and so I have a folder of Scripts. There I keep copies of all my polished originals and spec scripts ready to send off if someone says they will read one. I also keep copies of the pilot scripts for all my favorite shows and scripts I've done coverage on that I particularly loved. I also have a list of Writers PAs in case I ever want to go that career route. 

Ideas for Production Design: In my production design folder I keep plans, inspiration boards, and decks that I managed to get my hands on. I even have a PD resume in there as a sample. 

Now go forth, get organized, and GET A JOB!

-The Hollywood Intern Diaries

Monday, March 30, 2015

Best of Entertainment Careers (Summer Internships): March 23-30

Still looking for a Summer 2015 internship?

In semi-weekly "when I remember" feature, here's the most promising postings of this past week.  

Note: This is the result of my best judgement after evaluating their listings. I cannot guarantee these companies treat their interns with respect. 

For The Cable Fanatic who needs the "Name":
Summer Intern-Original Programming      Showtime  3/27
Summer Intern Finance & Accounting(MBA)       A+E Networks  3/23

Hands On No Coffee Development Internship:
Summer Intern                     Color Force 3/23
Films: Development Intern    CBS Films 3/20

For the People that Buy into the whole you have to work in an Agency...thing:
Intern- Talent Agency                                 Mavrick Artist Agency 3/27

For the Future Casting Director
Casting Intern      Judy Henderson Casting  (NEW YORK)  3/26 

For someone looking for an Industry Crash Corse
Intern Programming & Product Development       Confidential (on Universal Lot)  3/25

The Editors in the House
Post Production Intern      All Def Digital  3/24
Post Production Intern    Mandalay Sports Media 3/23

For the Person Who Did High School/ College Theatre
Stage Dept.                    Confidential  3/23

Friday, March 20, 2015

LA Living: Eastside VS Westside

One of the most confusing frustrating aspects of moving to LA is the entire west side/ east side debacle. Unbeknownst to me before moving here, LA isn't exactly one city. In fact, it's a zillion. Believe it or not Downtown LA, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica are all considered to be part of "Los Angeles."

People tend to disagree on what exactly composes "LA". Although most discount the idea of Sun Valley (Sherman Oaks, Burbank) being part of LA, it can sometimes be referred to as "LA" - especially by Orange County residents.

References to the East side and West side of LA add yet another layer of confusion. According to "Militant Angeleno" (a man who knows much more than I do), the following rules should be held true.

1. WHEREAS, The Eastside, in all absolute terms, is east, the Militant repeats, east of the Los Angeles River.

2. WHEREAS, The Westside, for all intents and purposes, is west of La Cienega Blvd (there are various self-defined variations on this, like the 405, or La Brea or even Lincoln Blvd, but we will go absolutely nowhere on the subject unless we have a consensus on the definition of the word, so use the general dividing line between 323- and 310- dom). There it is, take it.

3. THEREFORE, west of the Los Angeles River is NOT "The Westside" nor is east of La Cienega Blvd "The Eastside." There is no dividing line between the two. You cannot be on the Westside and throw crap across the street to the "Eastside." You cannot be on the Eastside and hock a loogie across the street to the Westside. You cannot jump between Westside and Eastside in a precisely-located game of hopscotch. Stop thinking binary here.

4. WHEREAS, there is a region between The Eastside and The Westside (The crowd silences, the earth quakes, the veil of the temple is torn in two).WHEREAS, The region between The Eastside and The Westside is the center of the city.THEREFORE, those of you transies who love to spout, "L.A. has no center," better go download Los Angeles Geography 3.0 - because you need an upgrade.

5.  The Valley is everything north of the Santa Monica Mountains ridge line or, when present, Mulholland Drive. Essentially Glendale is part of the The Valley, separated from NELA (That's NorthEast Los Angeles - which is technically part of the Eastside, but in certain instances can stand on its own) by the 2 Freeway. Why is Glendale part of the Valley? 818 area code. End of discussion.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ROUND 2 of Summer 2015 Internship Applications

The applications for Summer Internships at DisneyABC, NBCUniversal, Viacom, and Discovery Communications closed on February 27th, 2015.  There's always next year...

HOWEVER do not despair if you missed the deadline! This year several studios and large production companies have posted their applications late - with the majority being due in APRIL! These include Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, and FOX. 

Everything you need to apply is right HERE! This includes resume tips, cover letter advice, interview how-to's, and even housing advice. 

UPDATED: 3/7/15

Lionsgate (Santa Monica & Playa Vista, CA)

Deadline to Apply: April 17th @ 5pm

Departments: Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Acquisitions, Codeblack Films, Creative Services AV, Home Entertainment Marketing,  Creative Services Design: Home Entertainment Marketing, Film Music, Grindstone Entertainment Group, Home Entertainment Marketing, Human Resources, International Distribution, International Marketing, Motion Picture Development, Motion Picture Production, Operations, Sales Planning and Analysis, Tax, Television Development, Television International Marketing, Television Public Relations, Theatrical Marketing: AV, Theatrical Marketing: Strategy & Research, Theatrical Publicity, Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution

Also includes POP (rebranded TV Guide):
Pop- Consumer Marketing (Playa Vista, CA), 
Pop- Publicity (Playa Vista, CA)
Pop- West Coast Ad Sales (Playa Vista, CA)

Need to be in Law School
Departments: Business & Legal Affairs- Corporate, Business & Legal Affairs- General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Business & Legal Affairs- Worldwide TV Sales and Digital Distribution

Lionsgate (New York)

Deadline to Apply: April 17th @ 5pm

Theatrical Publicity (NEW YORK CITY): Interns in the Theatrical Publicity Department will be expected to help collect daily breaks, monitor Internet coverage, manage a periodicals library consisting of magazines and newspapers, research editorial calendars, update various documents including a grid of press reactions, assist with advanced screenings/talent appearances/press functions when needed, help with phones or mailings and other administrative tasks. Interns will be working on both Lionsgate and Summit titles, focusing on films that are being released in theaters.  Interns will gain an overall understanding of the role publicity plays in the studio system, while learning the basic skills of a PR assistant.  This internship is located in the Lionsgate NY office.

Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution (NEW YORK CITY): This department distributes films and television series to television and digital platforms worldwide.  An internship in this department offers the opportunity to research potential clients, analyze historical sales data to help shape current sales strategies, create sales presentations, work with legal and finance departments on matters relating to distribution deals and assist in preparing department status reports for senior management.  Ideal candidates will have strong Excel skills, excellent communication skills and great attention to detail.  Organized and quick learners with the motivation to learn about distribution and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once will thrive best in this department.  This internship is offered in the Lionsgate NY office.

FOX (Los Angeles)

Must be a Law Student. 

Commit to 6 months. 

Departments in the LA division: Acquisitions (Television and Film), Advertisement Sales, Business Development, Casting, Content Protection, Corporate Communications, Creative Advertising, Development (Television and Film), Digital Media, Engineering, Finance, Graphic Design, Human Resources, International Production (Film), Journalism, Legal, Marketing, Media Relations, Media Services and Operations, Music (Television and Film), On-Air Promotions, Production (Television and Film), Programming (Television), Publicity (Television and Film), Research (Television and Film)

Internship are in the following LA Divisions of FOX:

  • 20th Century Fox Film
  • Fox 2000 Pictures
  • Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Fox Consumer Products
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fox Filmed Entertainment
  • Fox Group
  • Fox International Productions
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Fox Sports 1
  • Fox Sports Networks
  • FX Networks and Productions
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Twentieth Century Fox Television

FOX (New York City)

Departments in the NY division: Corporate Communications, Journalism, Legal, Marketing  ,Music, Production (Television), Publicity

Internship are in the following NY Divisions of FOX:
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Fox Filmed Entertainment
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Fox Sports 1 
  • Fox Sports Networks
  • National Geographic Channels

FOX/Big Ten Network (Chicago)

National Geographic (Washington, D.C)

Warner Brothers (Burbank, CA)

Departments included: Marketing, Publicity, Finance, Digital/New Media, Research, Technology, or Creative

Paramount Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)

To Apply for a Summer Internship at Paramount:
  • Send resume to the appropriate email below:
  • Subject Line must include semester you are applying for (Summer 2015)
  • Be sure to include department / area(s) of interest. You can find a list of the departments here.

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