Landon Brands spent the summer in New York, New York completing a live action internship with Click 3X, a studio that does award-winning design, visual effects, and animation work.
Tell us about your responsibilities at Click 3X.
I worked as a production assistant on national commercials and TV promos, which meant helping on set, in the office, and all around New York City. I helped maintain our shooting space and equipment, and also spent time with graphics and client services as my schedule allowed. The highlight of my internship came when I was asked to help develop concepts and visuals alongside award-winning creatives for an international TV promo slated to air in 2015.
What was the most rewarding part of the experience?
Getting to know industry veterans who truly know their craft. There’s so much to be learned from watching these people work and talking to them between setups. Aside from work, it was invigorating to live in New York City for the summer–creativity is in the air, and so are the aromas of great cuisines.
What did you learn about yourself during your internship?
I was reminded how important it is to actually do things that scare you. Getting out of familiar territory really helps creatively, and I made it my daily routine over the summer. I was surprised how “at home” I felt on large productions–it seemed meant to be. I also feel more focused in terms of what jobs I would like to pursue.
How has your internship prepared you for your future?
This summer really broadened my perspective, both professionally and culturally. That alone was worth it, but perhaps even more importantly I met a lot of talented people who I want to keep in touch with.
What were your goals going into the internship?
Heading to New York, I wanted to get to know talented creative professionals, work on national productions, and scope out life in the city. I also wanted to make a good impression to pave the way for job opportunities. I can confidently say I achieved these goals.
What was the most difficult task or job you had to complete during your internship?
The simultaneously most fun, most challenging, and most rewarding task was generating creative for the international TV promo campaign. I was expected to deliver pro-level, attention-grabbing ideas that would be useful to the creative director, so this entailed extensive research and brainstorming that needed to be articulated in clear visuals. I loved the challenge–it was a great experience to be on a team with top-notch creative professionals. I think back to our sessions now when I’m working on my own projects.