One Last Post (With a Video)

Hey Everyone:

This is my closing post featuring ME! Thanks to everyone who read the blog and supported me through this experience! I had a BLAST <3
XOXO
-Gillian

 

I have also attached my last pictures for you all to see!

<3

Weeks 9 and 10: Nearing the end!

So I know i’m a little late with this one but better late than never, right? 

These are the last few weeks of my internship. I really can’t believe it has winded down so quickly. It is definitely a bittersweet time for me. I am graduating college in less that 2 months and will have to be catapulted into the real world! As I have said in numerous blog posts before this, my internship here at MTV was a dream come true. I am so passionate about creating things and to be able to do that at a network as big as MTV and a company as large as Viacom is surreal. 

Throughout my time here, I have learned so much about myself and about the talent and casting industry. It takes a lot of time, energy, and patience to work here. New talent is dealt with on a daily basis so you definitely must be friendly and enthusiastic.I have enjoyed every single project I am given here.

Something new that I have picked up on over these past 2 weeks has been how quick paced my department is. Since we are directly involved in creating and developing new shows out of nothings, things have to move fast. My superiors are constantly meeting with people and Skyping with them in order to obtain the right footage to make a casting tape. If one person doesn’t work out, they quickly move on to the next without hesitation. Over the course of my internship, I have been directly involved with 4 shows in development. 2 other shows that I have worked on have been on air for some time and include: Girl Code, What’s Good (on MTV2). It is truly amazing how hard everyone works in order to submit these new shows to executives. I love being able to see firsthand what MTV looks for in their talent and how they ultimately get chosen for the shows!

I have really begun to grow a relationship with all of the people above me and have learned a lot from them. I will definitely miss their guidance once I leave but I know I will be able to network with them long after I am gone. My graduation countdown is at 46 days… It is definitely a crazy time for me. Once my internship is officially over next week, I will have a lot more time to focus on my schoolwork (my two online classes) as well as finish up the crazy amounts of internship work that has to be handed in before graduation. I am working on getting together my producer reel featuring all of the projects I have done throughout my college career! I am excited to share that with everyone and hopefully it comes out great! 

I will have one more wrap up blog post next week with a video and reel of pictures of my experiences thus far so be on the lookout for that! 

Thanks For Reading 

<3 Gillian 

 

Weeks 7 & 8: Learning more and more

Hello to the end of week 8. past the halfway point of the end of my internship! Not only is this CRAZY but that also means I am graduating college in 2 months!  I have never wanted time to slow down this much. I am still learning so much while at my internship. I feel like everything I am learning is helping me not only in my internship, but also in real life. In this industry, you need to have a tough shell. You have to be outgoing, talk to the right people, and make sure you are persistent in things getting done. So far, I feel that at this internship, the projects I have been working on have really  helped me brush up on all of these skills. While assisting on the development of a new show, sometimes, the executives will hate what you’ve done. Even though you have put hours of hard work into editing and research, you have to move on and most importantly, try harder. In the short time I’ve been here, I have learned that persistence will make you stand out in the casting department.

Even 8 weeks in, I still feel blessed about having the opportunity to do this internship. It is also still cool when I get to tell people that I work (intern) at MTV. i think that not only is this internship great for my resume, but also for my self confidence. I haven’t always been the most confident in my abilities and really rely on my peers to remind me that I am good at what I do. I know that there are so many people to compete with so it sometimes takes a toll on my ability to feel that I am the best! With the end of my internship comes a rapid job search. Here at MTV, there aren’t very many jobs which I feel I would fit into! I have realized through my internship that I love dealing directly with talent and getting to know them. I really consider myself a people person and love to interact with people who I am producing for TV! I

A really positive  thing that has happened these past 2 weeks was being under a time crunch while helping with a new show pitch. The show that I have been doing  a lot of editing for is in its final stages of development and is constantly being pitched to different executives. I have learned a lot about time crunching deadlines which have really helped me to prepare myself for what is to come in the real world.  I think that being under strict deadlines such as these really boost my ability to time manage and be the best at balancing that I can be.

I know that doing this internship was the right choice, but it has been pretty tough being away from all my friends up at school this semester. I definitely miss the outings on weekends and have pretty much traded in that life for one filled with work and sleep. All I can hope for is a job straight out of school as a result of all the hard work that I have put into all of my internships!

Thanks for reading

XOXO Gillian <3

 

 

 

Weeks 5 and 6: Much More Responsibility

Welcome to the end of week 6! LIKE WHAT? Of all the semesters of my college career, this one is flying by SO FAST. My internship is still really exciting, even 6 weeks in. Over the past few weeks, I feel  that I have really proved myself to my superiors. I have been presented with a lot of tasks, ranging from helping with casting calls, to watching over the desk of the SVP. Because I have been proving myself to everyone, I am being required to take on a lot more. I have recently been responsible for choosing bytes from Skype calls for a show in development. It is SO interesting because I get to learn about what criteria MTV uses to cast characters for a show. A lot of the footage I have been going through is very exciting and definitely keeps me busy.

A new project that I have recently been given is a casting mailbox. Basically, it is an open casting call listed on MTV’s website looking for a specific category of people all around the country. With this project, I have been communicating with prospective talent and deciding whether they fit the criteria outlined by MTV for the show. I have been in contact with very interesting people and I LOVE talking with them. I have always considered myself a people person which is why this project is so much fun for me. I love to communicate with people and learn more about them as well. Basically, the way these open castings work is that once connected with me, I forward them a questionnaire. If I feel that the people I’m in contact with fit the requirements of the network, I have them create a 2 minute video expressing why they believe they should be cast. I think that giving someone the opportunity to introduce themselves via video opens up more conversation than anything written on paper. I have found it so amazing that I am the first step in casting a show that will be on television.

The best part of these last 2 weeks has been hearing from my superiors how awesome I’m doing. I cut together a 5 minute video for a new show in development and when it was shown to the SVP of Talent and Casting, they commended me! I have never felt so confident in my abilities. I feel that I have grown so much from the beginning of my time at SUNY Oswego up until now. My editing skills are now top notch and my sense of creativity is really sharp. I am SO amazed at my confidence levels since I’ve gotten here. I guess it takes MTV executives to make you feel that you’re good at what you do!

I’ve really been thinking about my future A LOT since i’m graduating in May. I have never wanted to do something more than to get a full time career in TV production. It is more than a career for me, but rather a dream. I have been non-stop applying for jobs all over NYC! Fingers crossed that my dreams come true <3.

More in 2 weeks!

Thanks for reading

Mwah!

-G

Also,  read the article that was posted about me from Generation SUNY!

Oh and here’s the view from the SVP’s office 23 stories high above NYC!

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Also answer this cool poll :)

Weeks 3 and 4: When Did That Happen?

Hey Everyone,

I have been so busy and I honestly have to give props to bloggers everywhere who keep up with their daily blogging (you go guys!) I am now starting my FIFTH WEEK HERE (like what?!?) Time has gone by so quick and I honestly cant believe it.

Things here have been exciting as usual. I have been helping out a lot in the department with casting calls for new shows, researching new talent, and creating one sheets for the Senior Vice President (SVP) (AKA briefing her on new clients coming for a meeting.) So far, I have learned so much about this department and what goes into choosing the right people for a new show. The process is pretty intense and takes a large amount of people to make it happen.

One new thing I got to experience these last few weeks was watching over the desk of the executive assistant to Senior Vice President. It is pretty much one of the most nerve wracking things I have done here thus far. The SVP deals with many new clients and their agents on a daily basis so her phone call volume is pretty heavy. At my past internships, I have had terrible experiences with the phones, as I tended to accidentally hang up on people while I tried to transfer their calls. Throughout my time here, I was asked to watch the phone many times, but last week I was required to sit the entire day.. (I am acting like this is doomsday but it kind of was lol). After a few phone calls, I felt more comfortable, but obviously anything that is new to you and really important can be pretty scary.

One of my main and most important tasks as a Talent and Casting intern is to edit tapes for the director of talent and casting who oversees the auditions. I have done a significant amount of editing here thus far and it has been a very cool experience. As I said in my last post, we are allowed to use iMovie here which is completely foreign to me since I have been trained to use Adobe Premiere and Avid. Since the cuts are relatively simple, using iMovie is the best option. The tapes usually take me around 30 to 40 minutes each to edit depending upon how long or short the audition was. It is really cool to think that the auditions that I have been editing will be seen by execs who will eventually put one of these people on MTV!

Throughout my time here thus far, I have honestly  rarely interacted with my fellow interns because we are all so involved in the work we have going on. Within the last 2 weeks me and the other interns have really gotten to know one another through our conversations at lunch. Its cool to know that their are other people who are doing classes and working a lot of hours at an internship. It is also cool to know you have someone there to reference when you are unsure whether or not to do something. We have all experienced some pretty hilarious things that have taught us the ropes around the office. During my first week here, I had NO idea where anything was, and THANK GOD for my fellow interns and their help.

The hardest thing that I have been dealing with thus far is balancing being a student and being an intern. I work 5 days a week at the internship all day and don’t get home til after dark. I am enrolled in 2 online classes as well as required to do intern assignments as a part of my experience here. It’s been so hard to get all my schoolwork done by the end of the week and also be able to live my life, spend time with family and friends, and do things that I want. I am using my time struggles to teach me a lesson and discover how to better manage my time as well as prepare myself for a future in this industry. As an aspiring producer in NYC, I have found out that there are no end to the long, tough, late hours that will come my way. I am so glad I am able to have this experience and learn these things so I know as much as possible before beginning my career.

I am about to start a new project here at the internship (sorry can’t disclose that info), but it is a pretty cool one for sure. I love being exposed to new things and I believe that is THE BEST part about internships. It is really stressful always being at the bottom of the chain of command, but I know that one day, all of my 7 internships will pay off and I will land into the position of my dreams.

As always, questions and comments are appreciated and welcomed <3 Thanks for reading

-XOXO

G

Welcome to My Blog: My first weeks and a little about me!!!

Hey EVERYONE! 

My name is Gillian Kuhlman, and I am a senior broadcasting major from SUNY Oswego. I am in my last semester and honestly, I can’t believe it myself! I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and can honestly say there is NOTHING like NYC. I am an aspiring television producer and have dreamed of a job in television for a LONG time. This semester I have been blessed with the opportunity to do a semester long internship in the Talent and Casting department at MTV! This will be my SIXTH internship during my college career. Some of my past internships have included Post Production for Say Yes To the Dress at Half Yard Productions, A production internship at WSYR-News Channel 9’s morning talk show, Bridge Street in Syracuse,NY, and a Live Video Production intern at VidBid (a NYC video-based start-up). I sometimes compare myself to the infamous ‘Intern Queen’ but not to steal her title or anything, I can deal with being ‘The Intern Princess’. Going about getting this internship is a story in itself. I have completed 7 and a half semesters on the SUNY Oswego campus. As a second semester senior, I did not have many required classes left to take. Upon looking at this semesters classes, I noticed that the ONE class that I need to graduate, Broadcast Sales, would be offered online, I jumped at the opportunity of an internship at home and applied at many stations. I ended up getting a call from a college relations coordinator at MTV in November. She gave me a preliminary over the phone interview which made sure I was qualified for the internship and surveyed my interests. I was then connected to a person in MTV’s talent and casting department who had a skype interview with me (since I was up in Oswego.) I was EXTREMELY nervous for the interview but I knew that doing my best would land me the internship. After it was over, I was SUPER anxious and awaited a response. After Thanksgiving break, I received an email from College relations stating that I would be a SPRING 2014 INTERN for MTV’S TALENT AND CASTING DEPARTMENT WOOOO! I packed up my room at SUNY Oswego, headed to my house in Brooklyn and here I am! 

So now a little bit about my first couple of weeks…. 

I had my internship orientation on January 21st and started shortly after! Internship orientation day was super overwhelming but exciting at the same time. I took the hour and fifteen minute commute on the D train from Brooklyn to 44th street and Broadway. Upon arriving at the building, I was instantly amazed. 1515 Broadway is Viacom’s headquarters. It houses so many different networks like MTV, VHI, Nickelodeon, and SO many more. Upon entering the building, they have the V-stop which is a snack shop featuring salads, baked goods, and coffee. Once you pass the security checkpoint, There are a WHOLE SLEW of elevators. One set of elevators goes to floors 1-21, the next set goes 21-41, and so on! The building is HUGE.Orientation was held in Viacom’s Lodge which is a cafeteria style eating spot. The Lodge on the 7th floor has an amazing food and atmosphere and has awesome views of the area. As I arrived in the orientation room,  I was given many contracts to sign dealing with privacy, payroll, and legal issues. After getting a long lecture about Viacom’s rules and policies, I was off to start my first day! I headed up to the glorious 23rd floor where my department was located. Each floor is decorated differently to the theme of the network. My floor has zebra rugs, green walls, and features many different MTV shows on the walls! My first day was kind of a flop as the snow sent my whole office home early. I was aquainted with my desk (YES I HAVE ONE). I received my own MTV email, desk phone, and account. After my first day was over, I can definitely say I was excited to start. 

   I have now settled into my internship and have been here for 2 1/2 weeks. I work 5 days a week 10-6pm. The first thing you realize when you work here is that everyone is very relaxed, even the dress code is. Employees here wear jeans, they can leave as they please, and everyone works together on collective tasks. As an MTV Talent & Casting intern,  I have several different tasks. My first main task is to constantly research new potential talent for the network. I keep a running list of bloggers, new musicians, comedians, and more all of which I present to my supervisors to potentially cast them for new projects.  MTV aims to cast those 25 and younger so that they can better reach their demographic. I also research trends and gossip in the entertainment world and update my superiors on that as well. Some of my other tasks are really exciting as well. I have been assisting my site supervisor with casting calls where I have been acting out scenarios for a new show (SORRY CANT TELL YOU WHAT IT IS!). Attending these castings are a lot of fun, and it exposes me to the first stages of pre-production: Choosing your talent. Usually, there are about 3-4 castings a day and after they are done, the next phase begins. Each casting is recorded on video and then  my second job is to edit the reels into shortened versions to present to casting executives who will choose who is right for the part and who is not. I am used to editing on software like Premiere and Final Cut, but these cuts are SO great because I can use iMovie :). Through editing these castings, I have gained a better sense of what executives look for when choosing talent. Some other tasks of mine are pretty simple intern tasks like grabbing lunch for VP’s, answering phone calls, and researching phone numbers and contact info for people. 

Thank you for reading my FIRST post and I can’t wait to share more with you guys! I know there are some exciting things coming down the road so I hope you all stay tuned. My next blog post will include a video portion you don’t wanna miss. 

Thanks <3 

-Gillian

**** Here are some photos of my desk :) 

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