I’m finding it hard to wrap my head around the fact that this quarter is coming to an end. By next week at this time, I’ll have already finished my internship at MTV. To bring everything full circle, I want to use this blog post to expand upon a subject that I briefly mentioned back in January…editing.
I initially had no (seriously, zero) experience in this field. Times have certainly changed. I’m now proud to announce I can finally use Final Cut Pro. Learning how to edit did not come easy for me. Disclaimer: I’ve always struggled to master new technology so don’t take my word too seriously.
Fortunately, I had mentors at MTV who actually made it fun to learn. They walked me through every step of the editing process (over and over and over). I watched as they cut “hits” about Chris Brown’s new music video, Clive Davis’ sexuality, and Ultra Music Festival. I also got to add my own input along the way like what background music sounds best, what camera angle captures most, and what scenes to include and what scenes to disregard.
Last week, I finally had the chance to cut my own “hit” starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin speaking about their new movie The Call. I created the entire thirty-second piece on my own, from start to finish. That’s progress, right?
By this point in my college career, I’ve completed lots of internships in lots of different fields. Each experience has rewarded me in some tangible way. I’ll walk away from MTV with the ability to edit, amongst others.
More importantly, each experience has rewarded me with greater knowledge of myself. They’ve shown me what fields I like most and what skill sets I can offer to the workforce. They’ve even shown me what type of office I like to work in. So if I can offer one piece of advice, this is it: take advantage of the opportunities you have now, and use these four years to learn about yourself.
Mallory Ladenheim is a senior communication studies major at Northwestern and is currently interning at MTV News and Documentaries in Los Angeles.