At the beginning of my Disney College Program, I felt like everything was going right and I was ahead of the game in my professional field. I was so motivated to keep pushing the bar, too. I applied to dozens of internships within the Walt Disney Company, Sony, NFL Films, Fox, you name it. I had an application in there. Since then, everything has been flipped upside down. Plans back at home were fast tracked and I was stuck trying to play “catch-up” in California 1600 miles away. After a few weeks of this, I decided that taking a spring or summer internship away from home probably wasn’t exactly feasible anymore.
That was a tough pill to swallow. I have always been more work driven, rather than school driven. I have always preferred real world experience to the classroom work and it shows with my completely average GPA (sorry, mom) and me getting my first production job less than a month into my freshman year. I was eager to get out there and get my hands dirty and now it feels like they are a little tied up.
I decided I needed to do something about this. Just because things weren’t working out as planned, I couldn’t just sit on my hands and wait for everything to clear up again. I knew I was going to need something that was going to be more or less lenient with the scheduling. After some thought, I decided I wanted to pursue an idea I have been working on for about a year now. A documentary about pageants.
I have wanted to work on a documentary for awhile now and I thought this would be my shot to try my hand at it. Documentaries have always interested me, but I have never had the opportunity to work on one. Pretty much every class at my college is for tv reporting and there’s always jobs working for the ESPN3 team, but nothing else has really popped up on my radar before outside of these two fields. I figured I might as well do something about that for myself.
This project will have some huge road blocks for me, but I’m ready for the challenge. One of the speakers that came to talk to my Leadership Speaker Series class, Clark Jones, told us we should love opportunities no matter how big or small. So, Clark, I see mine and I have to say it. “I love opportunities!”