Internship Blog: One Must Fall

Around three months ago, and quite on a lark, I sent our friendly neighborhood community manager Ethan a PM after seeing a post for a Whiskey Media internship on his Twitter feed. I didn’t really expect anything to come of it since I lacked experience (in video editing, specifically), I wasn’t in college (I’d already graduated) and I figured I’d be too old (none of your damn business!), but he PMed me back and set up an interview that led to an audition, that led to a second audition, that led to me getting a two month, full-time internship. Two months have passed and I’ve met people in the industry I’ve admired for over a decade, I’ve worked the journalist side of E3, and I’ve non-launch partied with a major development team. Hell, I even met a reallife Kingtern and trained a newbie. But let’s focus for a moment on that sweet, sweet, insane, gray-hair-giving conference known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The biggest roller coaster content-wise

When I realized that my internship would intersect with E3’s schedule, I immediately asked Ryan if I would be going with them and if I should be preparing to spend a week in LA. Ten minutes later, after he stopped laughing, he assured me that I wouldn’t, but that I’d be holding the fort at the office with the other intern (Ben had yet to burst onto the scene) and Kessler, who would be in charge. This was probably for the better, I’d only been with the company for a little over a month and E3 was the last place for a neophyte intern to be not only screwing up, but constantly asking questions. The decision was a good one as even being in the office turned out to be absolute pandemonium for the first day. Trailers had to be posted every few seconds, and remember that we need to write decks for them, find screenshots to represent them, fill in various bits of info about them, and keep our eyes on the conferences. After a twelve hour workday on Monday, things settled down considerably and we were able to commiserate about the various announcements. It was an arduous and absolutely insane experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. And that kind of defines the internship itself.

I will cling like a symbiote to this site!

I’ve been in the job market for a long time now and I’ve been fortunate enough to have one other job that I actually enjoyed, though I was too young to fully appreciate it at the time. Since then, it’s been miserable drudgery that’s been a means to an end. Having a job that I’ve actually cared about is, in some ways, more stressful since working the others. If I didn’t do well here, not only did it actually get noticed, but I’m letting down a company that I myself respect. And I learned that waking up early is still kinda crappy, even if it’s for a job that you love. At the end of the day, though, and at the end of the job, it was some of the best two months of my life and I will miss it terribly. Until I show up on Friday for the Comic Vine podcast. That’s right, you should have killed me when you had the chance! Cause I’m sticking around as a freelancer for Comic Vine and also continuing in their weekly podcast! Getting paid to write has always been a dream of mine, but I’m not going to call Whiskey Media some kind of magical dream factory...because if I did, I’d have to give up the Dream Formula, and no one wants that. Now to get a little indulgent: thanks to the community for the support and well-wishing. Ethan: thanks for believing in me enough to hire me, Tony: thanks for giving me a chance to get paid to write. Nick: good luck, you'll NEVER want to leave this job if you do well enough (which you will). And Ben, Kessler, and Lemon: thanks for helping me fill some of my professional blanks (and I had to train one of you embarrassingly for me) A transition like this is always easier with a lot of great people backing you up. I’m not done by a longshot, so keep your eyes on this blog, and my articles.

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Posted by Undeadpool

Around three months ago, and quite on a lark, I sent our friendly neighborhood community manager Ethan a PM after seeing a post for a Whiskey Media internship on his Twitter feed. I didn’t really expect anything to come of it since I lacked experience (in video editing, specifically), I wasn’t in college (I’d already graduated) and I figured I’d be too old (none of your damn business!), but he PMed me back and set up an interview that led to an audition, that led to a second audition, that led to me getting a two month, full-time internship. Two months have passed and I’ve met people in the industry I’ve admired for over a decade, I’ve worked the journalist side of E3, and I’ve non-launch partied with a major development team. Hell, I even met a reallife Kingtern and trained a newbie. But let’s focus for a moment on that sweet, sweet, insane, gray-hair-giving conference known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The biggest roller coaster content-wise

When I realized that my internship would intersect with E3’s schedule, I immediately asked Ryan if I would be going with them and if I should be preparing to spend a week in LA. Ten minutes later, after he stopped laughing, he assured me that I wouldn’t, but that I’d be holding the fort at the office with the other intern (Ben had yet to burst onto the scene) and Kessler, who would be in charge. This was probably for the better, I’d only been with the company for a little over a month and E3 was the last place for a neophyte intern to be not only screwing up, but constantly asking questions. The decision was a good one as even being in the office turned out to be absolute pandemonium for the first day. Trailers had to be posted every few seconds, and remember that we need to write decks for them, find screenshots to represent them, fill in various bits of info about them, and keep our eyes on the conferences. After a twelve hour workday on Monday, things settled down considerably and we were able to commiserate about the various announcements. It was an arduous and absolutely insane experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. And that kind of defines the internship itself.

I will cling like a symbiote to this site!

I’ve been in the job market for a long time now and I’ve been fortunate enough to have one other job that I actually enjoyed, though I was too young to fully appreciate it at the time. Since then, it’s been miserable drudgery that’s been a means to an end. Having a job that I’ve actually cared about is, in some ways, more stressful since working the others. If I didn’t do well here, not only did it actually get noticed, but I’m letting down a company that I myself respect. And I learned that waking up early is still kinda crappy, even if it’s for a job that you love. At the end of the day, though, and at the end of the job, it was some of the best two months of my life and I will miss it terribly. Until I show up on Friday for the Comic Vine podcast. That’s right, you should have killed me when you had the chance! Cause I’m sticking around as a freelancer for Comic Vine and also continuing in their weekly podcast! Getting paid to write has always been a dream of mine, but I’m not going to call Whiskey Media some kind of magical dream factory...because if I did, I’d have to give up the Dream Formula, and no one wants that. Now to get a little indulgent: thanks to the community for the support and well-wishing. Ethan: thanks for believing in me enough to hire me, Tony: thanks for giving me a chance to get paid to write. Nick: good luck, you'll NEVER want to leave this job if you do well enough (which you will). And Ben, Kessler, and Lemon: thanks for helping me fill some of my professional blanks (and I had to train one of you embarrassingly for me) A transition like this is always easier with a lot of great people backing you up. I’m not done by a longshot, so keep your eyes on this blog, and my articles.

Posted by SSully

Congrats on everything duder. Its good to hear that you had such a great experience and that you came out with a job in the end.

Posted by RelentlessKnight

congrats as well!

Posted by FalseDeity

Sounds like an awesome opportunity. Glad everything worked out.

Posted by Mr_Spinnington

round of applause

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

you mustve had a blast at Whiskey Media.  you lucky bastard....  anyways good luck with everything duder!

Posted by S0ndor

Aw, I love a good success story.

Posted by Vexxan

@S0ndor said:

Aw, I love a good success story.
Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff

It's pretty awesome that you got a freelance position out of it and still get to show up on the podcast! Working E3 as an intern sounds scary as hell, but you guys did a great job.

Edit: Forgot to mention that this thread title is making me want to play One Must Fall: 2097 again.

Posted by Yummylee

You actually scoring some official work from all this is an epic win. And I mean that in the most un-ironic way possible.

Posted by Yanngc33

@Undeadpool: Thanks for the awesome wiki tasks man :D

Edited by TeflonBilly

Congratz duder

Posted by Kazona

I envy you. If I lived in the US, I would definitely apply for an intern position, even though I'm nearing 30. Congrats on landing the freelance job at Comic Vine.

Posted by Stackboy

Congratulations man. Really excited for you, getting to freelance for Comic Vine.

Now..don't screw it up.

Posted by TJ311

Congrats on everything duder.

Posted by Overwatch

Congrats duder, you were awesome!

Posted by CactusJack

Way to go, dude. High Five!

Posted by Pop

Congrats Corey/Casey/Connor!!

Posted by TheKeywork1989

Congrats duder! It's awesome to hear this stuff.

Posted by Undeadpool

@Yanngc33 said:

@Undeadpool: Thanks for the awesome wiki tasks man :D

Thanks for doing them so well! In a cloud of BS and plagiarism (gotta get them points! Even if it leads to you getting banned cause mods have Google too) your entries were exceptionally good.

Thanks to all! I gotta get going on that first article before they rethink this whole thing...

Posted by EpicSteve

Glad I got to meet you. Too bad you can't stick around until Friday.

Posted by rmanthorp

Thanks for all the bacon!

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Posted by Klei

Well, congratulations for your luck. Best wishes for your continuation. Don't screw it. 

Posted by NickBOTT

Congrats man!

Posted by TheHT

Well done duder!

Posted by Kyreo

@Mr_Spinnington said:

round of applause

Posted by Yanngc33

@Undeadpool said:

@Yanngc33 said:

@Undeadpool: Thanks for the awesome wiki tasks man :D

Thanks for doing them so well! In a cloud of BS and plagiarism (gotta get them points! Even if it leads to you getting banned cause mods have Google too) your entries were exceptionally good.

Thanks to all! I gotta get going on that first article before they rethink this whole thing...

Thanks man! appreciate it :D

Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

Good Night, Sweet Duder.

We salute you

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

Congratulations, glad you'll still be around!

Posted by mrfluke

@TeflonBilly said:

Congratz duder

Posted by Thundermunch

Congrats Corey nice on the Freelancer work for Comic Vine, are you going to be in the TNT Pac Man Scrub League it'd be funny to see your name change from Corey The Intern to Corey The Freelancer!

Posted by Undeadpool

@Thundermunch: If I'm there that day, I may be able to weasel in. I'm definitely a scrub when it comes to Pac-Man.

@Kazona: I'm nearing it too. I was the oldest intern by five years.

Posted by Thundermunch

@Undeadpool: Awesome well if you're there I'll put my fictitious money on you!

Posted by Daniel_Newton

Man you interns always make me jealous as hell, you're all damn lucky, if only I didn't live in the UK. 
Congratulations! Glad it all worked out so well.

Posted by Silver-Streak

Congrats. Now help me find someone to make the Moon Knight movie.

But really, Congrats.

Posted by ajamafalous

Wow, congrats dude! I'm sure you must be fucking stoked right now. Best of luck.

Posted by Undeadpool

@Eujin: You're talkin' to him!

Posted by ProjektGill

It's sad to see you go but I'm really happy that you are sticking around on Comic Vine. You are great on the podcast and can even rival Tony in amount of comic history you bring up.

Posted by NathHaw

Always keep yourself full of win.

Posted by CaptainCody
@Kyreo said:

@Mr_Spinnington said:

round of applause

Posted by patrickklepek

I thought this was gonna be about the super sweet robot fighting game.

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Posted by MattyFTM

Insert "Full of Win" joke here.

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Posted by Bigheart711

Congratulations! :)

Posted by Zelnox

Wahoo!

Posted by Pickingwings

Congratulations duder! And good luck in the future, I'm sure you will do fine.