30 SPF isn’t enough.

Last week was a very busy week for me in the office. On Tuesday, I was a PA (production assistant) on a shoot for Mother’s Milk Bank of Austin. We were filming a web spot to help raise awareness about this nonprofit organization. I basically did whatever I had to do to help people out. Myself and the other intern directed sidewalk traffic and ran for errands. Since the shoot was outside, I was also in charge of hair and make up. I really didn’t do much in this position other than make sure the talent didn’t look too sweaty. The day was really, really long, but it was great being on a professional shoot, although it was still small. 

On Wednesday, I was to find a location for the next Dell shoot. The location is suppose to be in a dorm room and I was given several private dorms to contact. Before doing this research, I didn’t even know private dorms existed! I guess they have to with ginormous schools like UT and Texas A&M around. Anyway, none of the ones that I contacted got back to me, but I found another and after some scouting, the client loved it! We should be filming this commercial in about two weeks.

On Thursday, I went on another shoot. This shoot was for a company called Razorfish and we were in charge of filming an interview set up for them. This was very familiar for me since this is a lot of what we do in the DMS back at Juniata. I was able to help set up the equipment and be an extra hand when I was needed. I don’t believe many producing interns know a lot about the equipment side of things since the director of photography (DP) and the assistant camera (AC) seemed surprised when I knew what I was doing. 

I was asked to then come in on Monday (today) to help prep for the Dell commercial that I was working on last week. I have been putting together call sheets and finishing the production book so everyone knows what is going on tomorrow and Wednesday. I am so happy I am learning more about these things because they will keep me more organized in the future when I work on projects. I will be out in the field working on the Dell commercial for the next two days. 

Other than my internship, I have been playing a lot of tennis with the family that I am staying with and I went to Rockport beach on Saturday with a friend. I had a lot of fun, but I have learned quickly that this sun is nothing like PA’s sun and extra, EXTRA sunscreen is an absolute must. But to all my friends back at home who think I am extremely pale…I am finally tan! 🙂 Also, this small town girl is getting the hang of parking in a city, but not without a few calls to my dad making sure what I did was okay. THANKS DAD!

Before I came down here, I had doubts that traveling down to Texas was the right decision to make, but I realize more and more everyday that I made the right decision.

Here are some pictures from the past week. The first is from the Mother’s Milk bank shoot, the beach, Mrs. Scholl’s birthday dinner (please excuse how gross and sweaty I look, I just came back from the MMB shoot), a selfie with me and Princess Lola, a pier at Rockport, then before and after pictures from me and Gabriele’s insane seafood dinner. It was quite the workout.



One Week Down!

This past week was the first week at my internship at Arts + Labor. On Tuesday, I met some really awesome people who work in all different departments of the company. I met everyone from motion graphic editors to the CEO. Crazy! The next day, I was assigned a research project which required me to find everything I could about a particular marketing company, their brands, and what outreach each brand had. After I found all of that, I had to find out if any of the brands had a web series and, if so, what about. This project took all day to do. I was staring at my computer screen for about seven hours finding everything I could. The next day the client already responded and was impressed with the thoroughness of the work. I’m so happy they were pleased!

Besides doing research, I have been helping the executive producer of the company prepare for a shoot for tomorrow. It’s about a minute commercial that we are shooting, but it will take all day. I have helped her gather equipment and necessities that we will be needing. I have been able to learn a lot about what the producer is required to bring to these particular types of shoots. It was also really helpful that I could apply previous knowledge I had about this from what I have already learned. It will be interesting to see how this shoot goes off tomorrow! My role in it is a Production Assistant. 

I’ve also been putting together a production book for a commercial for Dell that is coming up soon. How cool is that!? I have never put together a production book before, but it basically the bible of a shoot. It has everything you could possibly need to know about a particular project in case anything were to happen on the shoot. I have been learning so much and I am so excited to keep learning everything I can!

On a side note, this weekend I went horseback riding!!! The Scholl’s, the people that I am staying with, showed me how to saddle and ride a horse. Although I am still a beginner, it was still a lot of fun and they said I did really well! Here is a picture of me and Strait.Image

Here! Safe and sound.

 I have been in Austin about a day and a half and I already really enjoy it. The drive down wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be; I actually drove the majority of the time. It was so amazing how the terrain dramatically changed sometime. As soon as we crossed over into Texas the entire world was flat and there was just a never ending field. Truly breathtaking. We arrived to the house of where I’ll be staying about two and a half days after we set out. We were welcomed by homemade BBQ and some of the nicest people that I ever met. My dad and I then drove down to Arts + Labor (where I will be interning) to get a feel of the different roadways. Texan drivers are very different than PA drivers! But overall, I feel comfortable getting around. After the drive down here I feel like I can do anything.

The next day, Father’s Day, I drove my dad to the airport and made sure that he got his tickets. Although I was nervous on the drive down here, I feel really confident and comfortable with the arrangements and I am happy with the people that I am staying with. They have really made me feel welcomed.

After dropping my dad off, I just slept. All day. It was wonderful and much needed. Today, I am ready to go exploring in this new town and see what’s around and tomorrow I start my internship! Wish me luck! 🙂

Sunflower Fields Forever.MemphisFirst meal in TX. So Good!


T – 2 days!

Hello everyone!

I am headed down to Austin on Thursday morning with my dad and I couldn’t be more excited. I have been extremely blessed and fortunate to receive funding from Juniata’s Super Internship Scholarship to help me out on this adventure. Not only am I going on an incredible road trip, but I also have an internship in Austin with the production company Arts + Labor. They make some of the coolest stuff I have ever seen and I couldn’t be more happy to be working with them.

I hope you find this blog enlightening to my internship experience and my time in Texas. Although this is a very exciting time, I have never had the opportunity to travel to a new city on my own, so I am sure I’ll come across many new experiences which I’ll be able to tell you about right here. I will update this blog as regularly as  I can to make sure my friends, family, and fellow Juniataians can keep up with my travels.

Sorry to keep this first post short, but I have a ton of packing to do!

Talk to you soon!