Lights, Camera, Invoices?

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Its my third week of interning, and I’ve got a good routine down.  Park, throw my stuff in my cubicle, Starbucks, meetings, lunch, task, emails, emails, home.  This week I haven’t gotten lost in the halls and I now know where the big pantry is on our floor.  Its the small victories people.

This week I’ve been trained to work on setting up payments for material we’ve licensed.  Its really great that I have experience with excel and customer service as both are required in this task.  We have a policy of “killing people with kindness” and helping as much as we possibly and legally can.  I really appreciate that we have these kinds of policies; although it may take some time on our part, it can really help with our relationships for the future.  Plus it sends a message to all the peImageople we work with that we really care about their concerns and setting things right. 

This week I was also treated to a Live Taping for a new show.  Five of my fellow interns and I showed up to a local venue to be “bodies” in a preliminary taping.  We were given a private concert by Thomas Rhett and Danielle Bradbery and were able to observe the backstage experience of a taping.  Basically its all about sound, lighting, Imageand blocking.  The major point is to also capture a good run through in the event that the live taping with the real crowd doesn’t go as well.  

All I can say is that both performers were very personable and down to earth.  Thomas Rhett even posed for some pictures with us while Danielle also filled in as a crowd member to demonstrate the blocking.  Both were great live and I was really impressed with Danielle’s vocal range-no wonder she won The Voice.  

Although I was invited to stay for the real taping, I had to get back to work so I could go to class.  I am so lucky that my department encourages me to attend these events and allows me to work on tasks that they do themselves.Image 

In other news, My best friend was in Nashville this past weekend for her birthday and we went to the Keith Urban Light the Fuse Tour Finale at the Bridgestone Arena.  ImageDustin Lynch and Little Big Town opened the show, but nothing compared to Keith Urban on guitar.  With Special Guest Performances by Eric Church and Peter Frampton, this Imagefinale was one of the best I had ever seen.  

All of these artists (excluding Peter Frampton) have great new music out and can be found on iTunes and in stores such as Wal-mart if you’re feeling a little throwback. 

 

Abiguity, Confidence, and Leadership

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Today our Senior Director sent out some great articles to our team to discuss how to deal with ambiguity in the workplace along with confidence in your leadership decisions.  I thought they were great and I think you will too:

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130606150641-658789-9-qualities-of-truly-confident-people?utm_campaign=LinkedIn150&utm_content=Dealing

http://www.melanieallen.co.uk/articles/dealing-with-ambiguity/?utm_campaign=LinkedIn150&utm_content=Dealing%20with%20Ambiguity%20the%20New%20Business%20Imperative

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130829124922-284615-dealing-with-ambiguity-the-new-business-imperative

I think these articles are not only great for the workplace, but especially for interns as we deal with not really knowing what we are doing on the regular.  We’ve all heard the phrase “fake it till you make it”, but I do think there is something to be said for asking for help.  As interns we have to realize our main point of being on location is to learn.  Yes, everyone wants to be the star intern, but at the end of the day if you make a decision that you are not fully informed on-then you’re going to look like a fool.

So be wise and try hard to learn as much as you can.  As my supervisor says, “be a sponge”.

Show Spotlight: Party Down South

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ImageThis week’s Show Spotlight focuses on CMT’s newest hit show Party Down South.  The Show is brought to you by the producers of the Jersey Show and airs Thursdays on CMT at 9:00 EST.

Party Down South follows the summer of eight southern young adults and all the crazy fun they have.  Its trashy enough to keep your attention and just might remind you of some wild summers of your youth. 

Stationed in Murells Inlet, South Carolina this crew has a wild first night which includes lots of beer, peeing outside, a funnel, swimming in the canal, a late night feud, a drunken prayer from Little Bit, and ultimately the whole cast blacking out.  Yet their comradery remains and the summer is looking to be one hell of a good time. 

Make sure to like their page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PartyDownSouth) and Watch past episodes on CMT.com (http://www.cmt.com/show/party-down-south/series.jhtml).

2nd Week’s a Charm

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Its my second week on the job, and trust me I’m still feeling like a kid on Christmas Morning.

This week our boss, who works out of New York is in town AND he’s brought Chocolate! It’s a real crowd pleaser.  But in all seriousness, it was so nice to meet him because he personally tried to get to know me even though I’m just an intern.  Its a good feeling when people so high up in our company take the time to know you and invest themselves in your experience.  To start our day, some of us head to the Starbucks on 5th and Church.  Its a great way to start the day after a long weekend, plus they are helping me achieve my goal of a gold card (I’m 11 stars away).  Once we get back to the office, its time to get down to business. First we have a meeting with the whole team to go over a new database inputting protocol.  Then its off to a meeting with the CMT side department head to discuss a music research project I will be working on this week.  To make sure we have certain publishing rights in our shared catalogs I will be looking through various collections to see if we are listed as an owner.  Surprisingly, we found many song catalogs to which we were not credited.  This was a very interesting project to work on as I was able to see how companies work together and how differences in presentation can cause communication conflicts.

On Wednesday, it was very cold and as a girl I had a major life dilemma: What shoes do I wear to work.  Now, our work environment is very casual-I wear jeans every day, but for some reason Uggs just didn’t seem ideal.  I debated with myself in the shower, while making my lunch, while putting on my North Face, and finally I bit the bullet.  It was cold, I was wearing them and reaping whatever awkward consequences.  Upon arriving to work, I was relieved that not only were most of the women in my department wearing Uggs, but one had even brought a blanket to work.  Without the stress of such a high corporate atmosphere, employees are able to comfortably work and focus more on tasks on hand.  Plus we don’t have to freeze when we get our coffee.

The rest of this week, I was in several meetings-one of which allowed us to look ahead at upcoming programs and the stages they were in of production.  This prepared my department for the expected work we would be dealing with for our CMT partners.  Involved in this meeting were members from the production, MML, BALA, and Marketing.  Together we discussed our expectations, concerns, and ways to address setbacks.  Overall, this was a great way for me to see how multiple departments work together to get a a sole project on our TV’s.

After all is said and done, it was a great week at CMT and I’m grateful for the autonomy and trust that my superiors put in me to get work done correctly.  Sometimes I even forget I’m an intern and I’m happy to say that its like I am actually part of the team.  CMT/Viacom has made this experience so far very rewarding and I couldn’t be happier to be working with some of the greatest interns around!Image