Today’s post is from our intern extraordinaire, Allie Blalock.
Black coffee with a dash of skim milk and Splenda. This coffee order was ingrained in my brain two years ago when I interned at Conan O’Brien’s TBS late night comedy show on the Warner Brothers Lot in Los Angeles. Everyday around 4 p.m. I would travel into the “Central Perk” of the WB lot and get the “Boss” his coffee. But I took away so much more than Conan O’Brien’s coffee order.
As a general production intern, my duties ranged from these coffee runs, organizing fan mail, and even helping with rehearsals and remote shoots. Basically, anything and everything. While the work can come across as typical Hollywood “grunt” work, it never really felt like it. The environment, the people, and the show itself acted as a motivation and compensated for the sometimes trivial tasks. I was part of Team Coco.
Last week, I had the opportunity to once again work on the show as Conan remotely filmed in Atlanta, Georgia for four days. With the filming just two hours from Greenville, I couldn’t resist signing on to help. Throughout the week the tasks were similar to before: errands running me throughout Atlanta, food orders, and rehearsal assistance. Ah rehearsal–for us who work at Conan, it’s our favorite part of the day. As Conan rehearses his monologue and comedy sketches with the writers, the interns sit, stare, and absorb–so many personalities, so many quirks, and so much knowledge. It’s then I’m reminded of my why. Why I love being on the show, love being with those people, and love being able to take part in a unique culture. The work environment at Conan isn’t your Devil Wears Prada experience. It’s filled with people who are genuinely great. They work hard, love what they do, and take chances to pursue their dream careers.
As my undergrad days dwindle and the real world begins to filter in, I am overcome with respect for these people. People who are willing to pursue goals and dreams once thought impossible. Barriers overcome, comfort zones eliminated, and pride swallowed. I continue to see these people all around me today- our Fitness Rebellion Community, The DriVen Class, and even my friends here at BOF who work incredibly hard and with passion.
Although I’m still working on the ever changing “life plan”, I follow the clichÃ© but true words of Thoreau’s Walden, “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” So join me in the bold pursuit of little victories and great risks!
Allie Blalock is graduating from Furman University this May. She rocks the Firesphere as an account team intern. She’s got COCO clout.