“Intern Out” Brittany Bonnano – Rowan University

If I’m writing this, it means it’s over and I don’t want it to be over…not yet.

It seems like just yesterday I started my journey with JTwo. I cannot believe that twelve whole weeks have already flown by. But wait, that makes no sense, I thought time only flew by when you were having fun…? I’m KIDDING…relax.Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 5.07.10 PM

I’m so beyond lucky to have been given the chance to intern at such a hardworking, passionate, and experienced company. There was never a day that I didn’t want to come in to work. Travis, Justin, Jelani, and Crista, these guys all make the workday something exciting, fun, refreshing! They are a unique clan and I’m going to miss them beyond words.

When I started working here, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Every internship tells you, you won’t be making coffee runs, or answering phone calls all day, or sorting through a six foot stack of UNNECESSARY papers until your knees are weak and fingers, bleeding. Yes, unfortunately, companies lie to us (the interns). You see, we’re not important to them, we’re young, naive…stupid.

But, JTwo came up with this amazing idea…why don’t we actually teach the interns something valuable so that they can succeed in a career, just like we are now!? And so, they did; and the knowledge I’ve absorbed in this short 12-week period, is incredible. I am so grateful.

When I interviewed with Jelani and Justin, I told them I’d like to strengthen my experience in post-production since I wanted to be an editor. If someone could have punched me in the face right then and there, I would have thanked them. Editing….EDITING. No. Never. I’ve learned that the extreme attention to detail, long hours in front of the computer, and searching through footage until your face is numb just isn’t what I always want to be doing. I give credit to all editors, Trav especially, because he’s rocks.

What I really wanted to be doing, was writing. I didn’t know that yet, but I would soon.

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 5.08.08 PMFor my semester long project, Justin gave me the opportunity to write a field journal on JTwo’s Projects That Matter initiative. In the beginning, I was super excited. I’d be able to interview some of their nonprofit clients, hear about the teams individual experiences with PTM, and all together gain a better understanding of this philanthropic program. But, I wasn’t expecting such a major setback.

I love writing. It takes me to a better world, one outside of this crazy, overwhelming, loud one. I become the person I want to be when I write, free and expressive in all my natures. But one thing that absolutely sucks about writing, and I mean SUCKS, more than anything, is when you experience a block. And half way into my field journal, I hit one…hard.

I wanted to write something that the team would be proud of, something compelling and brilliant! But why would anything I have to say, be useful? I struggled with my limited knowledge on PTM and the fact that I’d only been a part of the initiative for a couple months. I didn’t believe that my words would be appealing to anyone. But then, I realized I was overthinking it.

I had never worked on a field journal/ newsletter before, so I was naive to the entire process. Once I began interviewing clients and the team themselves, I felt much more comfortable with my writing. I knew what I was talking about now, and it felt good. Once I stopped panicking, everything fell into place. That’s usually what happens with writing.

So, now that my projects are done and my time here has come to an end, I have some words of advice for the next interns…take it or leave it, it’s your choice.

1. Don’t wear black to the office unless you want to leave with mounds of dog hair swallowing your soul.
2. Be on time. 1) No one likes a bum. 2) Your time here is valuable and will fly by fast, take in every minute you can.
3. Make friends with the other interns, whether they smell or not. They are YOUR team, under the team at JTwo. If you want to succeed here, you’ll have to help each other out. Plus, you’re going to need people to vent to when the guys are Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 5.10.19 PM
pissing you off.
4. Ask questions. I am 100 % sure Jelani, Travis, and Justin told you guys in the interview, “If you have a question, google it first.” Although you should definitely do that, don’t feel like an idiot if you have to double check with them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Bring your own cup…just do it.
6. Write things down. Let me say that again. WRITE THINGS THE FUCK DOWN. There is nothing more annoying then having to repeat yourself. These guys hate that. If you have a question, there’s a 90% chance that you are going to have that question again, so always write down the answer.
7. Be a sponge. Absorb everything and anything you can. Don’t limit yourself to learning about only one part of production. Writing, editing, business planning, producing, directing…everything.
8. Work hard. 1) No one likes a slacker. 2) These guys chose YOU because they saw your potential. Don’t waste their time by not giving a shit.
9. STAY ORGANIZED or Trav will actually murder you. I’m not entirely kidding. RIP Intern A, B, and C.
10. Have fun. This was one of the best experiences of my life. I can only wish the same for you.

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 5.12.54 PMI am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with JTwo. I’ve learned so much from traveling to shoots, to writing scripts, to shooting on the DSLR and FS7. I have worked with the most amazing organizations met the sweetest people. I’ll never forget my time here.

Justin, thank you for pushing me to write more and for teaching me the in’s and out’s of a writer’s world. You’ve taught me more than you think. I’m forever grateful for that.
Jelani, thank you for always making sure I’m doing okay with my work/ life in general. You are literally the nicest guy in the world.
Trav, thank you for pushing me to be organized because I normally score incredibly low in that category. Also, thanks for that one time when you told me it’s okay to ask for help, it changed this experience for me.
Crista, Pill, my friend, thank you for being a girl and being here. I have no idea how you survive with these guys on your own. And, thank you for showing me the aesthetics behind shooting. Your talent will never go unnoticed.Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 5.11.48 PM

As for my intern crew, Pat and Andy, I’m going to miss your faces. Pat, I’ll be contacting you when I need a 10 page business plan, and Andy, when I fulfill my skateboarding dreams and want to catch them on film.

You guys are all wonderful and I’m going to miss you beyond compare. Thank you for everything.