As a production newbie trying to play career catch-up, I can claim no expert status when it comes to the world of film. However, in this fast-paced industry that brings new surprises every day, quick learning is required. I'd like to think that over the past few whirlwind months, I've picked up a little bit of the inside scoop on being an intern. Many of them may seem trivial, but trust me, minor details make a difference both in the office and on set. So without further ado, I present to you the Amateur Intern Survival Guide.
1.BE ONE WITH THE CAR
Before I started with Fueld, I was not excessively fond of driving. Let me rephrase that: Driving gave me so much anxiety that I'd do nearly anything to keep off the road. However, that kind of attitude is not optional in the film industry. As an intern, you will be sent out to run any number of errands and confidence behind the wheel is key. Even if it seems scary, leaving your comfort zone will allow you to become a better driver and explore new parts of your city. Even with these new mad skills, though, Google Maps is never a bad idea.
I know this is probably something your mom has lectured you about a hundred times before, but I can't stress enough how important sunscreen is on set. Almost every time I've worked a shoot, it's been outdoors in the blazing heat all day. If you're like me and don't particularly like being burnt to a crisp, keep UV protection by your side at all times. Don't be stingy with the stuff, either. The lobster red tops of my ears are proof that one application is never enough.
3.SIZE DOESN'T MATTER
People like interns who are efficient, ambitious, and willing to go the extra mile, even on a small job. What may seem like a menial task to you could be a lifesaver for someone swamped by more urgent work. So take care to treat all assignments like they matter, because to at least one person, they do.
4. DRESS FOR THE JOB
I'm not telling you to ditch the jeans and tees and throw on a three-piece suit. I know that most interns don't come equipped with a complete professional wardrobe, but you do the best with what you have. In general, you need to look like you didn't just roll out of bed (even if you did). On set, it's an entirely different story. You will get sweaty, you will smell like armpit, and you will get garbage juice on your leg, so don't break out your Sunday's best.
5. TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Film waits for no one and you are no exception. Being late will not look good in the eyes of your superiors and it could even set back projects. As internships are a learning process, you may be cut a little slack, but don't push your luck. Get a good alarm system, allow time for traffic, and chug all the coffee you need. Just be on time.
6.PEOPLE DON'T BITE
I have already met so many amazing people during my time as an intern and all you have to do to meet these wonderful folks is just talk to them. Of course, make sure your timing is appropriate and that you don't disturb important meetings or calls. However, most of the time, people are happy to have a conversation, whether it be about working in the industry or just about the latest viral video. Suddenly, people who you had never met before become a new branch in your network.
So now that you know everything (*insert laugh track here*), you're ready to start your exciting, hectic, and wonderful life in the world of film. If you think you'd like to start that journey with Fueld, please contact us. Good luck, fellow interns!!
Thanks to Marisa our Intern for sharing her thoughts for us on the Fueld Films Blog.