When we got out to California J welcomed everyone to the best summer of their lives. All of us somewhat laughed and giggled, but knew deep down he was probably right. Yes, J was right. This has been the best summer of my life and in one week the physical existing and living in this space will be over.
When I was applying for my internship I truly had no clue what I wanted to do, but was fortunate enough to be contacted about one of my applications in two days. I had a Skype interview with the President/Founder of a small company based out of Sherman Oaks, CA and I was in. Easy. When I found out the majority of my peers would be interning in locations more central to Hollywood, I began to second guess my choice because I wanted to be closer to the action. My internship was slow at first and even considered switching to a Hollywood location.
Yesterday was the last day at my internship and I literally cried AFTER I left and was driving home (Because J told us not to cry at our internships). The office had developed a sort of comfortable rhythm and my supervisors did not treat the interns like interns – we were valued for our presence, creative ideas and work ethic. While I discovered the harsh realities of the ups and downs that accompany the music industry, I learned an insurmountable amount about music genres, social media/tech, people, and never left the office without having shared a good laugh with everyone. Right before I left one of my supervisors told me they were going to do everything they could to try to get me back out to LA- this was the best compliment I could have gotten, confirming to me that I accomplished everything I went there to do and left my mark. Because I felt like I was not ready to remove myself completely from these people, one of the the other girls from Elon and I are getting an extension of our internships to manage the social media for Silent Treatment Productions. Both of us are thrilled and I could not be more appreciative for the opportunities they gave me.
“When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon — do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.
Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.”
Constantine P. Cavafy (1911)