My Summer Robert Rodriguezing It – June 24th part 1

1rodriguezJune 24th, 2013

A week or so ago, I panicked and started to apply for internships, not just jobs.

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I don’t know what I was thinking.

Well, what I think I was thinking was that I wouldn’t find any one to give me any money and then I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent.

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This had stemmed from that fact that at the beginning of the summer I applied for a writing gig and an editing gig.

I got to the second round of hiring. For one I had to write celebrity news stories for a blog. I wrote those up, sent them out, and was confident.

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For the Editing one, I had to take a movie clip and so people would want to see the movie AND be able to tell what the movie is.

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But, in the end, I didn’t get either of the jobs.

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That’s basically when I decided that internships that were paid, but boring or had a stipend were going to be applied for.

An acting studio replied and asked if I wanted to come interview.

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So I went, got to this tiny, weird building a few blocks from Penn station.

I got upstairs and saw this beautiful office in front of me…

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Unfortunately, where I was interviewing was down the hall.

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I opened the door to this  tiny studio. It looked like an eccentric Broadway star turned hoarder lived there.

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A girl my age or younger interviewed me… except, it really wasn’t an interview. It was a “you have the job if you’re not going to murder anyone or be annoying” kind of thing.

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After seeing that I wasn’t going to murder anyone, she was asking when I could come in and told me what I’d be doing there.

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I intervened and mentioned the stipend that the ad talked about. I explained that I needed to work for pay because I had to make rent.

The girl said “Oh, I’m not sure. I’ll have to ask her about that.”

I left feeling like I had a job thrust upon me that I wasn’t even certain I was getting paid for.

Fast forward to today where I am standing outside of the dingy building, wondering what the hell am I doing here.

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I get there 5 minutes late (probably because I wasn’t particularly interested in being there. It was like when that ok looking guy asks you on a date and no one has asked you out in a really long time so you say yes and then realize your mistake ten minutes later).

No one else is there.

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I sit down on the bench and wait ten more minutes and finally someone walks in. It’s this old, hippie looking costume lady. She informs me that shoes are optional here.

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A half an hour later the girl that was training me finally comes in.

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And that half an hour was long enough for me to realize that everyone that worked there hated being there.

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I had already decided at 10:30 in the morning, that I was never going to return to this internship that I had somehow been tricked into taking in the first place.

The girl told me how the stipend was the boss, whom I still hadn’t met or spoke too at all, paying for my monthly subway card (which I had just bought two days earlier on my own) and they needed me a minimum 3 days per week.

Then she explained how we send all the emails and make all the calls through our own phones.

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I spent the rest of the day in a semi haze of not listening while I performed a bunch of tasks I would never do again.

The acting teacher was a morbidly obese, possibly insane woman. I could see why everyone hated being there. I actually felt bad not breaking out all the kids who had pay to go to this school. They seemed a little odd anyway, though.

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Lucky for me I had to leave early because I had a gig (yes, a paid audience gig) at MTV that I had to get to.

Normally I would feel enormous guilt walking out of somewhere knowing I would never return to… but not this time. There was no ac, phone, computers, payment and an abundance of crazy people. I walked out with a song in my step.

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Join us for Part 2 of June 24th where I help Break a World Record on a new MTV2 show.

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