Friday, August 27, 2010
Ophelia, how absolutely liberating! I can just imagine how amazing you feel as it is not every day us interns are granted any sort of power in the work place.
I know exactly how you feel... I have also been pushed to quit an internship once. It was a small commercial production company in Santa Monica. After the first couple of weeks of working my ass off for them on shoots and in the office transcribing boring footage, I thought that my b**chy supervisor had warmed up to me. Well I was wrong! She asked me to go on a run from their office in Santa Monica to pick up lighting equipment from a company in Burbank! That is like a 30 mile trip each way!!! I was really broke at the time and it just so happened that on that particular day I had almost no gas left in my tank. So I asked my superior if I could be reimbursed at the beginning of my trip instead of at the end so that I could fill up my tank before I took off deep into the valley for a 60 mile trip!
Instead of being grateful and understanding my situation, she went off on me... 'how dare you ask for special treatment?' and 'it sucks that I have to bend the rules for you! No one should get special treatment.'
I was so furious I told her to forget about it and went on the run, brought back the heavy equipment to the office and then told her where to stick it! I sent a kind email to the heads of the company highlighting what had happened and I never went back!
I say good riddance to experiences like that! I have learned a lot from good internships and there is absolutely no excuse for miserable human beings. Not when I have seen how generous and kind some of the busiest and most successful people can be.
There are great people out there, and I am sure that your next experience will be exponentially more pleasant because you deserve it, Ophelia!
Big kisses to you and enjoy the wedding!
Posted by Rose