I knew what I was applying for when I sent in my application to be a Hampton Roads Show Intern at WAVY-TV 10. The job description clearly stated what sort of tasks I would be doing daily. It wasn’t until my first day when it hit me that I was really here and I would really be responsible for certain aspects of the show.
My friends and family who know me well, know me as quiet with a pretty low-key personality. It’s how I have always been. So when they asked what I would be doing as an intern and I told them floor directing, you should have seen the looks on their faces! They were pretty similar to mine when I realized I would be shouting out directions to the hosts and the guests.
To some, giving out a few directions during a show and greeting guests may seem like no big deal but for me, this was completely out of my comfort zone. I can’t describe how much I didn’t want to tell the hosts, Chris and Kerri, who are professionals in this industry, what do to. However, I knew it had to be done if I wanted to learn. That first week felt so long and I didn’t know I could feel stress and excitement all at once. I was learning a bunch of new things like how to understand The Hampton Roads Show rundown, prepare for the show, floor direct, field produce, and much more. I was seeing just how fast paced everyone worked and how being shy in this industry will not work. Not only was I learning about the TV industry but I was learning a lot about myself and wondering if I was cut out for this career path. However, I remembered even with the worry I have about messing something up, I can’t wait to get to work every day and each day is getting easier. It doesn’t feel like work and when it comes time to leave at the end of a shift, I find myself wanting to stay.
In just 2 weeks, working with The Hampton Roads Show has broken me out of my comfort zone and with a broken comfort zone comes growth. So I can only imagine how much I will learn and grow throughout the summer. This summer will be the time I look back on and remember when I was finally one hundred percent sure about what career I wanted.