Intern Insight: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Canada Interview

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Having hustled my way into a conversation with Disney’s marketing assistant, and submitted a resume/cover letter, I was offered the opportunity to interview at the Toronto office.

It’s hard to realize that what had been a dream of mine for so many years was finally coming true.  Hours were spent absorbing as much knowledge I could about the organization and upcoming theatrical releases, reviewing my past work experience, and – of course – preparing how best to tackle Disney’s current marketing initiatives.

The one (fatal) question?  What’s the most recent movie you watched in a movie theatre?  For some reason – as the most dim-witted individual – I froze and forgot the many movies I had watched just in the last month.  You’d think I’d mention Argo, Silver Lining Playbook, etc.  What did I mention?  Iron Man 2.  What was I thinking?  How did the movie geek get movie stumped?  I was crushed.  The spotless impression I tried to make was now a disaster.

Please let there be hope!  This position is all I’ve wanted and prepared for for the last two years.  Fingers crossed!

Intern Insight: Professional Networking…There’s Hope For Me Yet

Amidst the frantic email and phone interviews with professionals in the entertainment industry, I came across one of the nicest interviewees yet (and he just happens to be Canadian).  As the former marketing assistant for Focus Features, he volunteered to take a look at my resume and pass it along to a coordinator and Focus.  His last email to me was a tremendous boost of confidence that I sorely needed.  Take a look below!

I admire your drive. You remind me of myself when I was starting out. I’d e-mail anyone to get my foot in the door! But you have the resume and cover letter to back it so you are on the right track.
Always open to helping a fellow Canadian…
I sent your resume/cover letter to the coordinator in the intern department at Focus. Keep me updated. Hope something comes of it.
Thanks,
“X”

Melanie Cook: Power-House Talent Lawyer

Melanie Cook is without a doubt one of my most inspiring role models in the entertainment industry.  During a time when it was rare to find women practicing entertainment law,  Cook made her mark as the first female partner at Hollywood law firm, Ziffren-Brittenham.  (FYI, Ziffren-Brittenham is incredibly exclusive, so much so that they do not have a website). 

Cook is what I one day hope to be: a power-house talent lawyer with an A-list client list (Tim Burton, Keanu Reeves to name a few).  In an industry, however, where men are keepers of executive positions, it makes me wonder what would it take for more women to rise to senior-level positions.  More on that later.

Check out The Hollywood Reporter for the complete article about Cook (I know I’ve read it at least 10 times).

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a 2011 Japanese documentary film directed by David Gelb.  The story follows Jiro Ono, an 85 year old master sushi chief on a quest to perfect the art of sushi making (you’d think he’d be satisfied after over 75 years in the business).  From his humble appearance, you wouldn’t guess that Jiro was a Micheline Guide 3-star chief.  However, Jiro’s story is surprisingly poignant.  He is in fact a rare breed of man who, by age 9, had been forced to live on his own in rural Japan.  Today, Jiro’s humble restaurant, a 10 seat hole in the wall, is one of Japan’s most haled culinary experiences and prices at around $300 per meal.

And yet, for Jiro, it’s not about the money.  As he and his apprentices prepare the evening meal, it was clear that the attention to taste and the manner of serving was absolute.  Perhaps it is the Japanese Kaizen way, the indescribable discipline, that fuels Jiro’s craftsmanship or perhaps it is simply the need for Jiro to prove to himself that he has achieved perfection.  We don’t know.  The documentary is simple in that it does not attempt to characterize Jiro as a Miyagi-like sage, an absentee father, or even a celebrity.  It sets out only to detail the amount of thought and preparation that Jiro puts in to creating each piece of sushi.

As a Vancouverite who has eaten many-a-sushi in my day, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a surprisingly engaging film experience, one that has without a doubt left me questioning how I could have ever eaten sushi that was presented to me via the standard conveyer belt.

The Prospective Intern

As a one of many bright-eyed youth chasing after the entertainment industry, I was inspired to log what I hope will be my  journey as an intern from pouring streets of Vancouver to the hub of high (and low) Hollywood culture.  Film and celebrity culture has been two of my great curiosities. But before you predispose yourselves to judge me as an peeping, Hollywood-obsessed gossip, I offer unto you a blog that will hopefully be an objective and (somewhat) high-brow perspective on the entertainment industry and what it can offer the next generation of hopeful actors, producers, lawyers, and the like.

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