The Diary of an Intern [Week #1]

(It’s actually week 3 but let’s just pretend, shall we?)

One of the best things about this job is that no two days are the same. You gain a load of there’s-a-chance-you’ll-never-use-them-again-but-they’re-still-useful skills. Over the past three weeks I’ve learnt – amongst other potentially more essential things – how to dismantle and rewire a plug, build a computer (AKA plug it in correctly, but for me that’s pretty impressive) and the importance of memorising everyone in the office’s coffee and tea order, and their preferred mug.

This week I became a coffee aficionado. If anyone happens to have a Nespresso coffee machine they don’t know how to use I am your gal, because this week was all about our two-day shoot with Nespresso.

In the run-up to shoot days it was my job to test and learn everything possible about each of the eight machines, which meant everyone spent about four days in a hyper-caffeinated daze and the office still smells slightly like espresso, but we drank a lot of delicious coffee even before the big day.

As this was my first ever studio-shoot I had no idea what to expect, and I thought as this is also the first post, I’d keep it short and sweet and give you a list of a few of the things I learnt on this momentous occasion:

  1. Studios can be COLD. Seriously cold. Granted, it did snow on one of the days and it was “the coldest day of the year so far”, but still, layer up people!
  2. Make sure you know where the closest shops and supermarkets are, and go with a shopping list so you don’t forget anything. Trekking back and forth to Sainsbury’s for bags of ice at the end of November is no joke, and if you can avoid walking (or running, which no one likes doing let’s be honest) further than you have to it’s always worth it.
  3. Wear stuff you don’t mind getting dirty. It sounds like something your Mum would say to you, but over the two days I cleaned, washed up, set up, made countless cup of coffee and spent time sitting on the studio floor to help with manual rotation for a moving shot. You don’t want to be wearing your most-loved pristine white jumper for that, do you?
  4. EAT! Shoot days are long, and if you’re tired you should at least be well-fed, otherwise you’ll end up having a rubbish time when you should be enjoying yourself.

It was a long and busy couple of days but the shoot was successful and a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see the finished results, which will be all over our social media soon!

Come back next week to see what I’ve got up to over the next five days, and if anyone out there has any other shoot tips or has recently done their first shoot leave a comment and let me know!

Charlotte 🙂

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