It’s intern day at the studio, when the group of YES summer interns gather to listen to various aspects of the broadcasting biz. I was the leadoff hitter, so they got to learn what it’s like to be an anchor. I opened with “Has everybody seen Anchorman: The Legend of Run Burgundy? Well, that’s all you need to know to do my job.” And I walked out of the room. I thought about heading to my office with shelves made of rich mahogany and many leather-bound books, but I decided to go back in and chat some more.
Good bunch of kids, a few could have used an electric zapper strapped under their chair to bring ’em to life a little more, but that’s pretty much par for the course when a bunch of college kids are forced into a conference room to hear older people drone on about work!
I’ll give you the Cliff Notes of my talk,
1) Pay attention and soak up everything around you.
2) Ask questions. We at YES are more than happy to answer them.
3) Ya Gotta Want It. Be passionate about what you want to do, whether it’s TV or anything else. It’ll make your work life much more enjoyable.
4) You really DON’T need a dog named Baxter. And speaking at least a BIT of Spanish will actually help.
I’ve got a few more years, maybe, or mining Anchorman references for my intern speeches. Then I’m going to have to bank on Anchorman II, which I hear is being worked on or at least considered, for new material, because no kid in 2027 is gonna want to hear me say “I’m kind of a big deal” as my dentures drop onto the floor.
One good question came from Alexa, who’s interning in our production ranks,she wondered if anybody ever considered having me Tweet from the set. I told her I am Blobbing my thoughts, and my Twitter account links to said Blob. But that’s as far as I go. I just don’t want to sit there all night writing ridiculous things like, “Still have green gumdrops stuck in my teeth”. Wow, cue the Breaking News music and animation!
Tweeting is for many, not for me.