Ever had a bad/embarrassing moment at an internship? I’m pretty sure mine are worse.
When I was 18-years-old, I interned at ABC 7 in Los Angeles. I grew up watching all of the anchors and reporters and considered them somewhat celebrities.
I snagged a job as an intern for the entertainment reporter George Pennachio. One of my first days, I got an orientation of how to work the computers. Let’s just say technology and I are not friends.
On the first day they gave me a run down of how to log off and on the computer. They stressed the importance of always logging out because if you didn’t, it would lock the computer and would be a process to unlock it.
One day I came to work sat down at a computer, logged on, then got asked to go in the news truck and interview people on the street. I showed up to work the next day, and found out I had locked reporter Rick Romero’s computer… Awesome.
My most recent embarrassing/hide in a dark hole moment was this summer. I got the chance to serve as a production assistant for a press junket company. The junket that day was for “Kung Fu Panda 2.” I was so excited! I drove to the Four Seasons and went up to the floor of the junket where Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, and Jack Black would be!
The premiere of the film was the same day as junket so it was running a little late, but it was no big deal, I was just in awe that I was working on a press junket.
For a press junket, reporters come from all over the country and have a certain amount of time with the celebrity. The reporter leaves and goes to another room to get the tape of them interviewing the celeb to bring back to their station.
So Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black go into the room I was working. I’m standing outside waiting to get the tapes for the reporters. I had been standing for awhile because I did not want to look like I was slacking and was leaning against the wall.
Well guess what? its a hotel, so on the wall is a doorbell. And guess who was ringing the doorbell during an interview….
Oh ya. It was me.
All the reporters thought it was the funniest thing in the world, and allegedly no one was mad. But at that moment I wanted to jump off the balcony at the Four Seasons.
So my life.