Where do you go to school?
I go to Robert Fulton College Prep.
Where do you intern?
I'm at Premier Digital. They deal with digital content and providing services for big film companies like Paramount and Disney.
What do you do?
Every morning, I check in with my supervisor, and she lets me know who I will be working with. We rotate between the different departments every week so we can learn a little about everything. So far, my favorite department has been mastering, which is creating digital content and making sure that there are is no corruption or glitches. I like it because you get to work with the actual film and artwork. They walked me through the entire process and taught me how to do a few different things. They actually let me work on artwork on Photoshop and on audio files using Adobe Premiere Pro. It was so cool!
How has this changed the way you think about your future?
I realized that I can major in something, and that there are many different career paths that I could go into. I want to major in graphic design, and I wouldn't have thought about some place like Premiere Digital as somewhere I could do graphic design since it works on film content. But, I learned about how I could use graphic design skills during my rotation with the mastering department.
What's most important is to just have an open mind. There is a lot that you can learn from these internships. You'll find new things that will inspire you or other things that will make you think "oh wait this isn't what I wanted".
How did you feel when you first started your internship? Have your feelings changed?
Everything felt so new and overwhelming at first. The job is very professional, and I wasn't sure what to do. I soon realized that the people who worked there also had to learn stuff when they first started out. I feel way more relaxed now because at the end of the day, I feel like anything is do-able.
What do you think is the most valuable thing you've learned so far?
I think the most valuable thing has been a confirmation that if you work hard for something, you'll get it. I never thought that there were so many jobs that went into a film or something creative, and I feel like it’s confirmed that its okay to follow your passions.
If you could give a future TIP intern advice, what would it be?
What's most important is to just have an open mind. There is a lot that you can learn from these internships. You'll find new things that will inspire you or other things that will make you think "oh wait this isn't what I wanted." Just don't be afraid to ask questions and speak with other people at your internship, that is really the most important thing.