This past week and a half has literally been an insane blur, adjusting to my work schedule as an intern, adjusting to London in general, adjusting to British culture and idiosyncrasies (and there are many) and adjusting to this crazy balance between work and "play." It almost feels as if I'm living in the real world - other than the fact that I'm not paying for bills and food is mostly accounted for. So... I guess, other than worrying about the normal people worries, I'm living the dream! I guess that this is a good segue into the real world, though. I get to get some real world experience on the production side of the film industry, get to experience what it's like to have a 9-to-5 (or, 9:30-6:00) job in a big city, get to really understand what it's like to be young and employed and out of school... and I don't really have to worry about bills (a ginormous shout out to my parents - you're the BEEEEEST! Seriously, you guys should be knighted <3 <3 <3). So, in a sense, I'm totally not "experiencing the real world," which is a little disconcerting, and almost makes me feel as if I'm half-assing everything that I do. But, to be frank, I think that if I was just... thrown into the real world right out of my second year of university, I'd probably be so overwhelmed that I'd curl up into a little ball and disappear. Just POOF! And I'd probably be totally okay with that, too. So, really, this entire internship process is a good way to start a film career, I think - or, more importantly, start life as a young adult.
Though, honestly, I didn't feel like one this past week. In fact, I was probably incredibly immature. I kind of went a little bit crazy... I didn't have work until Tuesday, and I arrived in London on Saturday... and... the drinking age is... 18... of course, I found all of the good deals and such (like this one bar down Euston Street has one night a week where the pints are only £1, and if you buy two bottles of wine at a certain liquor store, you get insane discounts - and if you can split it with a mate, that's even better) and to be completely frank, I exercised my right to drink here! BOO-YAH!
But, really... it got to the point where I was abusing it. So, for the next few weeks, I'm going to calm myself down and drink only at the end of the week, or on special circumstances (like a flatmate's birthday - shout out to my Bearded Lady, Julie!). It's more responsible to pace yourself, and it's definitely cheaper. It's just something that I'm learning, now that I'm legal to drink. Sure, you have the right, but is it responsible? Is it fiscally and economically wise? Sometimes, yeah. In my current financial predicament? Nah. Good thing I'm learning it now rather than later, right?
Also, London is incredibly expensive (or "dear") - seriously, lunch at some places can cost upwards of £10 (that's $20, folks). Also, eating healthy and eating cheap are NOT synonymous, especially in the United Kingdom (why is it so hard to find green things here?! It's all bread and meat, have these people ever heard of asparagus?!). That would be my main concern if I ever ended up living here (which is a growing possibility, as I've noted before) - money. Seriously. Some places charge £500 a week for rent - and that's for a one bedroom flat with a teeny toilet in a decent part of town. It's like New York City, only not as extreme... but still just as terrifying to think about in regards to your bank account. So, really, I'm going to spare my bank account (and my parents' wallets - again, you guys are saints and I don't deserve you) and my liver and take a chill pill.
So, long story short...
- Katie is going to calm her tits and start spending responsibly.
- Also, alcohol is awesome - but only when you can appreciate and afford it.
- Also... I love you, London, but seriously. I'm not spending £10 for a salad when I can get £3 falafel from a vendor in Banglatown. You be trippin'.
So, to begin the actual blog post...
Straight off the bat, I met a ton of cool people. Lizzie was probably the first person that I met here that I really go to know well (you know how it goes - you meet people and then never see them again). She's a Business student from the University of North Carolina and she's just the cutest, most awesome, most feisty Kentuckian that I've ever met. Soon after, I met Julie, my roommate! She's a native of New Hampshire, but she goes to school in New Orleans, and she's in a band called The Fake Carls (check their stuff out, and download their first E.P. for FREE from their BandCamp, they're really good!). As soon as we all got settled, we decided to go out and meet other DreamCareers peoples! And, soon enough, we had a friend group forming and were already going on epic adventures! What awesome people!
Check out some photos below of Julie, Lizzie and I's random adventure to the Tower of London! We didn't actually go inside this time around, but that's soon to come!
|How myself, Julie and Alison get to work everyday. I mean, we're|
pretty much just magic. Photo courtesy of Lizzie Robinson.
|Some of the DreamCareers people grabbing dinner after our|
first day at work, interning all around the city!
Photo courtesy of Lizzie Robinson.
The other day, DreamCareers set us up on this awesome bus tour of the city. I've been to London twice before (once in 2011 to meet Kibbles and Bits, and then again this past winter break [2012-2013] to drop by and say hello again before heading off to Warsaw), but seeing it from a tourist perspective was still exciting. Our tour guide was the bomb.com - he told us all of these interesting facts about the city that I had never thought of before! It was incredible! Not only that, but as we drove by Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham, Fleet Street, the Russell Hotel, the British Museum, the British Library, etc... he was giving us all of these tips on things to see while in the city, too, but I'll go over that later, haha!
Check out all of these epic pictures from our epic bus tour of London from this past weekend, with the DreamCareers pals, and HFHS friends Jenny and Jordan!
As for the staff - they're just awesome. I can't thank Stefan enough for fixing us all up with such a great adventure, and also landing me this awesome internship. Nemo, Ryan and Cody are also extremely rad. Shout to you awesome peoples! And speaking of awesome folks...
|Going to O'Neill's the first night in London with my |
jet-lagged DreamCareers companions! :) Photo courtesy of
|Having a nice pint of Guinness on my first |
night in London! What fun!
|Random reunion with some|
Holy Family High School
alumni friends! Photo courtesy of Jenny
|Random reunion in the Underground with Misha! What a surprise!|
Photo courtesy of Misha Zimmerman.
|Me on my first day of work, all ready to take on Irresistible Films!|
Photo courtesy of Stefan de Rougemont.
|Where I work! HUZZAH!|
|My boss buys me alcohol sometimes.|
The office environment is incredible, as well. I was told beforehand by Stefan that the British are very 9-5, as in they won't work past the end of the day unless absolutely necessary, and while they joke around in the office and can be incredibly casual, hard work is of the necessity. And while the last two are true, I've found myself staying after hours quite a bit over the last week and a half - not too much, mind, but I don't want to be the last to leave, and these producers are some of the hardest working people that I've ever met in my entire life. They'll stay all night if they have to. I do not envy them...
|Some epic street art near where I work in|
London (near Banglatown). SO REBELLIOUS.
I LOVE EEEEEEEET.
Check out some photos of the two parts of town that I work and live - they're kind of rad, not going to lie. I live in Islington and work near Banglatown.
Also, they blare music a lot, which I really appreciate - from The Clash to Mumford & Sons to Queen to some hipster electronic stuff that I am not familiar with, my music collection is exploding just sitting there Shazam-ing everything. But the best bit is when they play loud soundtracks from films downstairs in the post-production suite. Recently, it's been Inception, but Avatar has been floating around a little bit, as well. But, the best bit was Star Trek: Into Darkness. When that soundtrack came on I about peed myself from excitement. And guess what one of the songs is called...?
Also. Benedict Cumberbatch. British. Sherlock.
Irony? Yes. Destiny? I think so.
All of my coworkers are hardworking and incredibly talented - but what more, they're actually hilarious people. I seriously laugh every single day when they take the piss out of one another or start cursing up a storm (they give sailors a run for their money). Seriously. These people are my favorite. I couldn't have asked for a cooler job.
Harry (producer extraordinaire) mentioned something about one of the producers having me on set soon, which is extremely exciting. I loved being on set for Dear Eleanor and would love being on set for a commercial or a digital project here. My ultimate goal would be to find the set of Sherlock and somehow sneak onto that... but that's probably not going to happen. But a girl can dream, right?
At any rate, my job is awesome and I'm loving every second of it. I can't wait to get more involved and really get my hands dirty with the booming film industry here in London!
The Big Smoke
|Two of my closest friends here, Lizzieand Julie (my roommate)!|
Photo courtesy of Lizzie Robinson.
|Me in front of the Tower Bridge!|
Photo courtesy of Lizzie Robinson.
Check out some photos from St. Paul's Cathedral in London! It was gorgeous - I plan on going to mass there and Westminster Abbey every Sunday from now on, if not just hear those angelic boys sing!
- British Museum (free).
- British Library (free).
- Charles Dickens Museum.
- Russell Hotel (has a replica of the RMS Titanic's staircase inside).
- The Ghandi Park.
- High Commission of Australia, London (a.k.a. Gringotts Bank).
- Windsor Castle (go to Room 10 and see a bullet in the wall where this important dude got killed).
- Changing of Her Majesty's guard.
- Hyde Park.
- Regent Park.
- Natural History Museum (free)!
- London Zoo (also see the python from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).
- Camden Town Market.
- James Bond 007 Tour of London / James Bond Museum.
- Millenium Bridge (the bridge that got destroyed in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince).
- Hampton Court Palace (Henry VIII from The Tudors).
- Buckingham Palace (at the end of July, you can actually go inside and see the royal quarters!).
- Florence Nightingale Museum.
- New Scotland Yard (just because of Sherlock Holmes).
- Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral - go to church!
- Also, inside of Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, find the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, and also look around for graves of the famous people who are buried there, including Isaac Newton and other awesome peoples.
- Olympic Village.
- Something to do with Dr. Who... haven't quite figured this one out.
- LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) - take a tour!
- King James Palace (where Harry [ginger] lives)!
- Queen Gardens.
- Fortune and Mason (near Oxford Circus).
- The National Gallery (free and epic).
- Trafalgar Square.
- The real-life Sweeney Todd Pub, right near Temple 2 Station.
- Also - find Fleet Street. Don't buy any meat pies.
- Tower of London (crown jewels and stuff).
- Hamsted Heath.
As you can probably see, I have a lot more adventures to go on before I have had the full "London experience" - as if being a resident and not a tourist isn't enough for the typical American. But, there seems to be something missing from that list... Something very important...
Check out these photos... and tell me that this is not the coolest thing that you've ever seen. Just try.
And right now, I'm anything but tired.
So... that was my first week or so in London for you! More tales to tell and photos to come when I head to Stonehedge and Bath this Saturday! Hope you guys are enjoying the blog. Again, sorry for the rambling. It's a character flaw, but an amusing (or annoying?) one at that.
So, until the next adventure...