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Because I Am An Intern

I’ve interned for three of the greatest places in the world. I had experiences that were once in a lifetime, like hugging Dolly Parton, seeing Arcade Fire soundcheck in a room with only 15 other people, seeing the lives of students change dramatically for Jesus, standing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, standing in an elevator with Chris Martin, painting houses for underprivileged families in South Texas, printing setlists for Wilco, listening to Miranda Lambert list off her favorite country songs, praying for so many students and seeing their hopes and dreams actually happen, getting the chance to see how two of the biggest radio outlets and television shows in the world operate while I worked behind-the-scenes, gossiping about Ryan Gosling as he stood 5 feet in front of me, and at all three, laughing until I cried and learning so so much more than I could ever hope for.

I formed relationships at all three places that I am still maintaining and so grateful for.

Though the job market is a little rough right now, I’ve worked for free at all three and don’t regret that in the slightest. The days and hours I spent contributing to SiriusXM Satellite Radio Nashville, Austin City Limits TV and Kingwood First Baptist Church Students were all life-changing and marvelous.

Because of these experiences, I still consider myself an intern at heart. My work ethic is still excited, I am still anxious to take on new things and I still desire direction. But, you see, I don’t think being on the lowest end of a company or organization as an intern is a bad thing. It’s extremely humbling and can be hard, but it is so worth it.

However, because of still considering myself an intern, there’s still a few things I haven’t lost as habits yet.

Because I am an intern, I will promote your company till my fingers hurt. I will blog about you, talk about you, tweet about you, share you with others and say your name so many times that people think I am crazy. I will mention you like you’re my boyfriend and bring you up in situations. I will become “that girl” who is too into her job. However, I won’t really mind.

Because I am an intern, I will get you coffee. I know this is joked about and that this is looked down upon, but I don’t think you realize that in a world with a horrible job market and in wanting to serve you, I will get you some. I will ask how you take it, I will do my best to remember your order, I will try and get it to you as soon as possible. I will get you coffee because I know that the little things count. I know that caffeine is an important thing. I know from personal experience that it can change your whole workday.

Because I am an intern, I will ask questions. I WILL ASK SO MANY QUESTIONS. I will ask if I am doing things correctly. I will ask about protocols and hierarchy and if I can use the company fridge. I will ask about everything if I am unsure, and if I work up the courage, I will ask more than 1 person. Please do your best to answer my questions. Please?

Because I am an intern, I will stay late. I will not look at this as a horrible thing or as a bother, but rather, a privilege. I came to your company to get experience, and if that means more hours, I will take them on. In fact, most times, you’ll have to remind me to leave…

Because I am an intern, I will work for free. I’m not saying that this will be my favorite part, but I will come in and try to knock out the most work I can without a paycheck. Some days will be easier to handle this than others, but I will look at experience as my ultimate gain.

Because I am an intern, I will struggle with names, because I want to get every single one right. I will struggle with directions, but I will succeed. I will struggle with adapting and with feeling like I fit in, but ultimately, whether I do or not, I will focus on the task at hand.

Because I am an intern, I will make jokes about being young. I don’t mean this to be mean, I just find it funny to be the only 21 year-old sometimes, whether I am working with people older than me, or a youth group younger than me.

Because I am an intern, I will dress up for work. I know that you may have casual fridays and a lax policy on dress code, but I don’t think you know how long I have spent putting together the perfect ensemble to walk into your doors wearing. I want to look professional, I want to stand out in a way that is rememberable and commendable. Also, I may have rationalized that extra cardigan I bought or those “big girl” shoes by saying it was for “work.”

Because I am an intern, I will not want to leave when my time is up. I know it seems cheesy, but it’s true. I will have bad days and I will fail and look back at some things I did or said and cringe, but I will have established my tiny little place in your offices and I will miss it.

Because I am an intern, I will hope you know that I am grateful. I am grateful for your recommendation, for your advice and for you even taking the chance on me in the first place.

Because I am an intern, I will also be a little spoiled by having such great internships, but eventually a job will come along that will measure up. Til then, of course, I’ll be continuing to be a chaperone on KFBC retreats, continuing to convince everyone to get Satellite Radio and tune into the Highway and continuing to DVR Austin City Limits every Saturday night and watch every clip that surfaces online.

I mean, some things just never change.

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Hello, Dolly! (Literally!)

(Note: I highly suggest you read THIS POST to get a better grasp on just how much I am trying not to use a ton of exclamation points in excitement after every sentence in today’s post.)

Dolly Parton and I were in the same room.

I met my idol yesterday and I’m still not over it!!!!!

Since interning for SiriusXM, I’ve been around several musicians, all of whom have proved talented and generous and for the most part, personable, and I’ve gotten over being ‘starstruck’ to a certain extent. However, I’d be lying if I said that my heart didn’t soar and my hands didn’t shake a little bit when we got the news that my favorite female country artist was going to be waltzing into our studio.
In case I haven’t made myself clear, I absolutely LOVE Dolly Parton. I wrote extensively about my love for her HERE and well, my intern desk has been displaying the inspirational message, “W.W.D.D.?” for a while now:

  • Did I spend more time than usual picking out the perfect outfit and accessories Tuesday night?

  • Did I proclaim the day to be a holiday that we would refer to as “D-Day”?

  •  Did I freak out slightly when I remembered that my current ringtone is “Jolene”?

  • Did I run down Broadway and dash into several record stores searching for vinyl and books by Dolly herself the morning of?

  • Did I send my mom and best friend text messages with waaaay too many exclamation points describing what was happening?

Shamelessly, all of the above!

I’ll admit- I was afraid that maybe she just wouldn’t measure up. I didn’t think she’d be horrible but with so much publicity, you never really know how an artist will be in person. But I’m here to tell you that if I didn’t already love Dolly, I do now, tenfold! She was gracious, quick-witted, excited and well-spoken and the whole time I kept trying not to bust out into a huge goofy grin. However, ‘trying’ is the key word in that last sentence, because when she’d start to talk about her songwriting, I’d just beam in the corner. She spoke about her new album and her inspiration behind it, but then she started to tell stories about the songs in her catalog and I think I may have done a little somersault in my seat. The stories behind I Will Always Love You, Love Is Like A Butterfly, Two Doors Down, Coat of Many Colors, Light of a Clear Blue Morning and MORE graced my ears. I know I’m just a little intern in a big pond and while I didn’t conduct an interview with her myself, sitting in and hearing one was like the answers to my own little fan questions. She talked and joked, but the best part was these little moments when she’d sing the first line of a song when talking about it and her voice would fill the studio for just a few seconds and I got to hear the woman I’ve idolized perform a few words in the closest makeshift concert setting I could imagine. And yes, of course I started smiling again like a goofball.

(And now- I’ll do a little plug and tell you that this Dolly goodness will air on SiriusXM’s various channels, specifically The Highway! Don’t miss out!)

You know, I would have told you that you were crazy if you had told me that the woman I described as “Queen Of The Lion Hair” would be standing right next to me, a self-described lion-haired fangirl, but for good reason, I was proven wrong.

And for the record, yes, she smelled like sunshine and dreams that have come true!

TN Adventures (First Week)

I’m in Nashville now.

I could hype this post or use a lot of words to tell you that, but rather, plain and simple, I’m out of Texas and in Tennessee. But with those four words come so many more things, internet. I started interning at a wonderful place called SiriusXM exactly a week ago, but it feels like it may have been years already.

The CMA Music Festival is a crazy event that happens once a year in Nashville, for 40 years now, where essentially, country music invites its biggest players and myriads of fans to the city for four days of crazy crowds and crazy-good concerts. It seems almost too-perfect that it also coincided with my first week of interning at SiriusXM which means my first week was probably the most chaotic I’ll ever have. But, and I can say this strongly…I LOVED this first week.

I loved it because hey, there are a few dozen or so memories, and, coincidentally, photos, that I’d never have gotten anywhere else!

I loved it because of the events that happened! (I know, “DUH!”) Yes, there was lots of meeting artists, attending fancy press conferences, standing in photo pits and using media passes to get in different shows, but it’s the little things that stick out to me, like editing and voicing audio snippets and then hearing them on the air, crying laughing while trying to learn how to pronounce “Aldean” correctly in a locker room, instantly bonding with everyone I work with and skipping out on seeing the final Taylor Swift performance for the sake of coming back to the office and having a mini ice cream party in the conference room.

I loved it because every bit of the chaos was all directed towards music, which is my first love. This town is easy to get distracted in when every single bar has melodies trailing out of its doors at all hours of the day and night, but I couldn’t ask for anything more exciting, really! Music takes on such an importance to me, and  instead of the usual “oh, well that’s nice” response, the people I work with are the same! We’re all musically obsessed together! Every last detail of albums, tours, lyrics is all considered vital and of course, this could be considered a plug, but our office is always playing something great on the radio!

I don’t usually fall in love fast, as I’ve said before, but this love for my ridiculously-all-of-the-sudden Nashville life happened in just one week.

So, at this rate…who knows what two weeks in this town might bring?!!

(Most photos all provided by my homegirl Kathrine Brock– she is a rockstar!)

Siriusly Grand Summer Plans

I’m lazy, I know.

I should have been writing all my deep thoughts down now that it’s summer and free time is all I’ve got, but I’m a sucker for laying in the sun and procrastinating, so I’ll just make you an interactive list, internet.

I’ve been out of school almost a month and so far, I’ve….
listened to a whole lot of Johnny Cash, eaten a heap of tex mex with the family, cut my mane, played on the beach with my best friends, slept in nearly every morning, restrung my guitar and ukulele-

Oh, and did I mention that I’ve packed up my little life and put it all into my pick-up truck to get ready to drive to Nashville, Tennessee for three months?

Yeah, that happened. That happened!!!

In a little less than a week, I’ll start interning for SiriusXM Satellite Radio in Nashville and I am jumping up and down in excitement!

This lion is going places; literally! I am so very grateful for this opportunity, grateful that my parents are so supportive and grateful that my shoe collection somehow was able to fit in one bag! I’m nervous and anxious but I’m also counting down the hours. I’m a little sad about three months away from all my family and friends and away from my home state, but you know, I think the good far outweighs the nerves. Not to mention, at least if I have any say, this summer will have a pretty fantastic soundtrack.

My cowboy boots, ukulele and coffeemaker are packed. Essentials? Check.

Stay gold till I return, Texas. See you soon, Tennessee!!

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