It’s my final week at both MGM and Good Clean Fun, and I’m constantly shocked at how quickly this summer slipped by. I’m certainly ready to make the trek back to Portland, but there’s no doubt I’ll miss all the new people I’ve met at my offices. I might not miss LA so much, or rather, I surely won’t miss the traffic and constant struggle to find parking anywhere I go.
A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to see Hercules at the cozy theater in the MGM Studios building one day before it premiered. It was a thrilling experience because I’d never gotten to attend a company event like this before. When the lights dimmed and the MGM logo burst onto the screen, the whole auditorium cheered. It was fantastic to be in the presence of so many prideful people who’d worked tireless months on the project unfolding before us. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to see MGM’s next production, If I Stay, during my last week at the office!
A couple weeks ago, I also had the pleasure of working the Summer Soiree event with The Creative Coalition, a non-profit production organization. The event took place at an adorable Russian restaurant and bar in West Hollywood called Mari Vanna. My duty was to stand at the front door with a guest list and check in the executives, producers, and actors who would attend the event. I’ve gotten many opportunities this summer to speak professionally with office executives, talent agents, and famous actors, and it’s been an extremely beneficial skill to master.
For instance, these last few weeks at MGM, I’ve been entrusted with the task of covering an assistant’s desk. I’ve learned to answer phones and transfer calls while using all the professional lingo of a Hollywood assistant. While terrifying at times, I know the things I’m learning as a temp assistant are going to come in handy very soon, as most higher-ups in the entertainment industry start off as assistants. I also understand that, as an intern, by bosses assume that I will make some mistakes along the way, but in the end, it’s all a learning experience.
Although I’m saying goodbye to LA soon, I am extremely thankful for all the connections I’ve made this summer, not only with my bosses at both companies, but also with my fellow interns and Northwestern cohorts. I know that I will take all these new skills back to student film sets at Northwestern, to my leadership positions on campus, and, most importantly, to my next internship. The life of an unpaid intern is not a glamorous one – I’ve worked long hours, been pushed far outside my comfort zone, and dealt with unforeseen professional issues – but it’s wholly necessary for one to grow in this industry. Without these summers as the lowest figure on the totem pole, it would be very difficult to understand how to excel in the months to come, and most importantly, how to eventually become the highest head on the statue.
Haley Boston is a rising junior RTVF Major interning at MGM Studios in Los Angeles, California.