There are some people in this world that will do anything for money, but I believe what’s most important is whether or not you are challenging yourself for the right reasons. If you’re anything like almost every young adult in the world, the days leading up to graduation and even after graduation can and WILL be a challenging transition. Although you had a major in college and a slight idea of what your interests reflect, “I have no idea what the hell I actually want to do with my life” is a pretty common phrase.
You work odd jobs or even jobs that you thought you’d love to do and you may love it or you may absolutely hate it. Working in entertainment has taught me many things, but the most rewarding lesson that can apply to many peoples lives is that you must learn the art of hu$tle. People always say to shoot for the stars and become what you want to be but so many fail to realize that there’s actually more to a career than just believing.
I come from a family that isn’t dirt poor, but isn’t extremely wealthy either. We’re a happy in between - middle class family. My parents come from hardworking roots and I grew up in Paterson, NJ on the busiest street in the city. The first lesson of humble hustle that my mother instilled in me was selling Rice Krispy treats on my stoop. It was a yearly fundraiser that would allow me to stay in school and make up for tuition that was mainly paid for by scholarship funds. I would sell 100 Rice Krispies to strangers within a few hours. I must’ve been like 8 years old or something sitting out there with a Barbie Cash Register I got as a gift on my birthday. Something else that I learned from this life lesson is that being a humble hustler is rewarding. The reason was not only because I had completed a task and made my mother proud - but also because when cops would would walk up and down the street I’d ask “Officer, do you want to buy some?” and they’d hand me a dollar just for effort then let me keep the RK. Let’s just say that ‘till this day, I have a major sweet tooth LOL.
I worked tons of unpaid internships in college, even multiple ones at a time. I was exhausted at the end of the day from running around NYC with big ass posters for a presentation and lost weight from walking everywhere that was too close to take a subway for but far enough to break my arms carrying groceries and/or equipment. A genuine thanks to all my bosses who put me through that. Hard days shouldn’t stop you from anything and neither should odd jobs in between. After college I even worked at a Country Club as a waitress in between TV show tapings and taught myself photoshop for Graphic Design money. Till this day, I still do that, I mean look at what this website has become! Lol.
Understand that working for free isn’t something you should be ashamed of, it’s something that you’re going to learn from and eventually be proud of. Sometimes it will even lead to more connections, a paid job or perhaps a free Rice Krispy treat (had to throw that in there). Be humble, understand that the executive assistant asking you for help and not giving you bigger tasks is because what he or she has given you to do for their boss is actually a huge stepping stone.
Getting coffee isn’t just getting coffee. Getting coffee is getting the order right and showing your boss that you can do things correctly, the way it is asked of you without messing up. Error free orders can lead to new opportunities. It’s kind of like when your 'rents would say, “You’ll understand when you have a child!” and you would shake your head and say “No I won’t!”, but really, you will.
When you become a boss to an intern you’ll understand why you were asked to do those "small" tasks that built you up for greatness. Don’t get me wrong, there is for sure a fine line between being taking advantage of and being taught a lesson -- but don't trip, as long as you can understand what it takes to build yourself up in the most humble way possible (without having someone step all over you) you’ll be fine. Moral of the story, learn something from each assignment, get it how you can, and build yourself up in the process.
Special Shouts: My Momma, Max P. , Dunia Rodriguez, Christian Quezada, Louis Krubich & Josh Colon