I hope you get your dream job.

They were both 23 and perhaps I was too cocky, but they were just interns. They looked fresh faced and dewy-eyed. When I was 23 I was running the publicity of a magazine. In two years, times have changed.

They were both 23 and both incredibly hopefully. They practically sweat anticipation.

“What’s your dream?” asked the smaller one. “What do you want to do?”

I shrugged. “I want to do something big in the media, something executive and important. And I also want to write a novel.”

Their eyes glowed. Their beers got warm.

“So I guess you could say I’m currently working my way toward both of those goals.”

“Wow.”

“What about you?”

The small one wiped some foam off of his upper lip. “Well, my dream job is to write for the New Yorker. I studied writing at Harvard and I knew that was my goal the second I got there. I just knew.”

“Neat.”

“And I’d also like to publish books. But first—definitely first—I want to write for the New Yorker.”

“Good luck.” I turned to the bigger one. “What’s your dream job?”

“An assistant director.”

“An assistant?” I almost choked on my drink.

“Lots of stuff gets in the way of a director making a good movie—like contracts and paperwork and managing all sorts of issues. I want to be the guy that handles all of those contracts so the director can make an awesome film.”

The smaller one was smiling. I was laughing.

“What’s so funny?” he asked.

“Oh nothing. I hope you get your dream job.”

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One response to “I hope you get your dream job.

  1. As a filmmaker, I can say that an Assistant Director (AD) is by no means anyone’s assistant. They are in charge of running the set and directing the crew while the director deals primarily with the actors. Having a good AD is key to a smooth shoot, and having worked with bad ADs and amazing ADs, I know that the best ADs are people who actually want to do that particular role, rather than people who do it while truly wanting to direct or some other aspect of filmmaking. Being an AD is a very stressful, demanding and skilled position as you have to deal with a combination of paperwork, scheduling, budgeting and herding cats in one of the most fast paced and high stress environments to work in. I am less concerned that your intern wants to be an Assistant Director than I am that he is interning in publishing, when there are a lot of options better suited to becoming an AD. If that is what he really wants to do, have him email me.

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