I've officially started my internship! All big and bushy eyed, I careered into the broadcasting offices with a slightly neurotic, permanent grin clinging to my face. 'OH HAI, NICE TO MEET YOU!!!!!!11' was my general opening line to anyone who would stand still long enough for me to accost them and shower them with my infectious Overly Helpful Intern conversation. It actually went surprisingly well for what I was expecting... which was the worst. Indeed, there were a few hiccups... which included me welcoming in a guest and finding out after he left that he was actually a rather renowned and revered comedian... I was perfectly welcoming obviously, and did laugh at all his jokes - I just feel terrible that I didn't know who he was.
One of the staff kept on forgetting my name and called me Janet, Jennifer, Jane, Josephine. She called my Janet in front of the guests and for what seemed like half a century of an awkward pause I corrected her (politely). I considered taking on the grovelling intern role and just answering to any name she threw my way, but I managed to grow a pair and not go with that stellar plan. How the hell would I be able to explain that idea once they all figured out my actual name? I pondered. There was also the awkward, 'Oh, you're still here' at the end of the day when I was sat at the desk with another intern twiddling my thumbs with little to do. I'm not a lazy, work-shy oaf but I mean, there's a thin line between the willing 'eager to help' intern and the 'annoying twat' who constantly pierces the atmosphere with shrill 'what can I do next!!" questions.
Here's to day 2, which will be shooting on location!
PS for the lovely commenter who asked my questions about interning etc, I will answer them in an upcoming post :)