Episode 27: Interns, Internships and Getting Started

In this episode Terence and Philip are joined by Alpha Dogs’ employee┬áIsai Espinoza in a discussion about the value of Internships to both the employer and the intern, how to get the best out of an internship, and what’s in it for the employer. In typical fashion, this quickly leads to a discussion about breaking into the business, and what it takes to make it.

Many thanks to Isai Espinoza for not only joining us for the recording but for editing the show again and making us sound smart.

6 thoughts on “Episode 27: Interns, Internships and Getting Started

  1. At the risk of being rude I disagree with what you have to be. Not everyone is a go getter Robert Rodriguez style hustler as the guy on this episode presents himself. Some people are shy and talented, don’t confuse not getting involved with not wanting too, as I myself was like this for a long time and I’m now a BBC news cameraman. Maybe it’s also an Australian thing as we find it harder to sell ourselves like the yanks who we love!

    The other way I look at it if your that good with people and doing your job you obviously have an aptitude to go much higher than a post house ( no offense Terry) which is why you have Rodrigues I guess.

    This show is probably my fav podcast and picks up where the buzz veered. Larry was a great guest, Phils no bs line of questioning and crazy cackle was a much better show. And I only listen to the buzz around nab now… You may remember me as aussie 2.0 from the chatroom

    1. I do you remember you from the BuZZ chat. Welcome and glad you like the new show. There is a huge difference between Australian and US culture, particularly when it comes to self promotion. The assumption is pretty much that you’re selling yourself in your absolute, most optomistic best light! Assuming that they discount everyone accordingly. Difficult for an Aussie who wasn’t used to self promotion. I adapted and my business card with “Big Brains for Rent” on it would probably get me crucified in Australia :)

    2. From experience the shy person tends to get lost or even usurped by the next guy/gal. This is Hollywood! You may be the next great editor/actor/director but if you “wait your turn” chances are you will be swept under the proverbial rug that is smog-infested LA.

      Thanks for the Robert Rodriguez analogy, though! I am only 4 years in “the business” but I continue to look up through that smog…Thanks for listening!

  2. Hi Guys,

    Loved the talk as always. If we boil down interning, it is only free in the sense that the worker is not getting money for it. I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of interning since becoming a freelancer. I’m an experienced guy but I still often do side gigs free for people if I think they can provide me with some value in the future. Not quite interning but similar I think. A good example is that I will often cut short films cheap or free for directors I think show a lot of promise. Should I be doing this?

    In a future episode maybe you guys could lets us know what you think about a broader strategy for “free services” which come with a value add. After all, you guys provide a show at no cost to me, with free knowledge, and such. In short, which services are worth it?

    On a slight side track, one major problem with our nation’s jobless recovery has been that the housing crash made it more difficult for people to relocate and look for work elsewhere. It seems like people are glued to Hollywood for a similar reason, their network’s are here. Can raising your profile via social networks, podcasts, ect add to your mobility?

    1. Great questions all, including the future show ideas. I agree with the strategy of strategically working for free or very much lower than normal rates, where there looks like a reasonable advantage in return in the future.

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