Brown paper packages tied up with strings...
Now that we’ve gotten that joke out of the way, I should mention that it’s actually so true— the joy of your Amazon package showing up on the doorstep is truly fantastic, and should be part of my list of favorite things. Gotta love prime shipping. I know Fräulein Maria would have my back on this.
One of my favorite things is watching movies, especially those that are cleverly written, well-cast, and amazingly executed. And even better than that, is knowing a movie well enough to quote it at the perfect moment. And even better than that is when I’m with people who understand and appreciate the quote. My family is the best at recognizing and returning them. A prime example of this was a few years ago at a Giants game; one of the players hit a ball that soared right into McCovey Cove, which prompted Kruk and Kuip to announce that it had “splashed into the pond.” I leaned over to face my parents and brother, and with deep concern on my face (I may have even grabbed my mom’s wrist for emphasis), I drew in a sharp breath and said, “Michael’s in the pond.” To anyone else— a random and unrecognizable line from Jaws— but to them, an impeccably timed application. Moments like that happen, I kid you not, every single day at my house, if not multiple times a day. The references span old, new, bad, and brilliant works, whether it’s a movie, TV show, YouTube video, or even a previous dinner conversation we had as a family. Those are often so funny and unforgettable that we just start to quote ourselves.
Another one of my favorite things is learning. I KNOW IT’S SO CHEESY BUT IT’S TRUE. Watching movies and TV, and learning new things, are two of my favorite parts of life. Both give me information that I can take in, and then use later in other situations (hence my love for quotes). Learning about history or literature allows me to understand the allusions in film and TV that make the jokes funny. Learning about politics and current events helps me participate in the conversations going on around me, and supply valid and educated opinions. Doing my own research on subjects I find interesting can keep me occupied for hours at a time, because once I delve in, I like to become an expert. I like to ask questions to understand things, and I love being able to consequently answer those questions for others. It never stops. There’s a general life principle: Once you're aware of something, you'll see it everywhere. It's almost a phenomenon, in my opinion. You learn a new word, and all of a sudden hear it in conversation the next day. You read about a historical event in the morning, and then catch a reference towards it on the news that same week. It makes you wonder how many times you've heard those things casually thrown around, but didn't really hear them because you didn't understand them. It's kind of a crazy, cosmic coincidence how often this occurs, and it never fails to amaze me. Learning, understanding, and applying, makes me so happy.
Lastly, at least for this post, I love to write. It’s my favorite creative outlet, and I love being able to produce something concrete out of my random thoughts and daydreams. I like to write about what I’ve learned, whether from books, or just from life. I love to tell stories, and make people laugh, or think, or say to themselves, I see what she did there. Combining words and theories and allusions into something that will entertain someone else is exhilarating to me.
So, you probably see where this is going. Film and TV, learning new things, and writing— all my favorite things, for as long as I can remember. And, all three of which combine perfectly into my job— writing clever copy to advertise film.
I know I’ve talked a little bit about how much I love my internship, but hopefully this explains it best. It is a job that consists entirely of my favorite things about life. I get to watch new movies, write copy for a mass audience, and build each sentence and joke I write out of the expansive collection of knowledge, references, and events that surround my every day existence. Soaking in as much of it as I can is what fuels the work I produce every day, and what makes it so much fun. I am finding so much happiness, affirmation, and success in this line of work, and I know it’s because I’m doing what I love. I’m sitting at Starbucks on a sunny LA day, drinking an iced coffee and writing this, and I find myself wishing I had gone into the office today on my day off. I think I will next time. :)