Month One of #LindseyTayInLA

To many interns I’m known as “the Indiana girl who Ubers to work every morning.” Yes, this statement is a true, but interestingly enough I’m not the only one from Indiana–there are five of us!

It has been a month here in Los Angeles and the most frequent question I’ve been asked from friends and family back home is Is it everything you’ve dreamed of?

My answer—per usual, if you know me—is much more complex than a simple yes or no.

Before I came Los Angeles, the only image I had in my head was the Hollywood sign, palm trees, and studio lots. However, this isnt just the case. Film–and its never-ending impactful implications–has taught audiences to view the Los Angeles area as a far far away place, filled with beautiful celebrities, colorful palm trees, and millions of dollars. Now, if you’re in Hollywood–one section of Los Angeles–that image holds true. However, that isn’t what I came here for. I came to LA for the people,  the relationships, the knowledge, curiosity, and the conversations to be had about film.

Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 2.44.13 PM.pngLet me back up first.

One of my goals in life is to normalize the film industry for myself. What I mean by that is to not react if I walk past a popular movie star, huge director, or top executives of the industry. That process began at the Sundance Film Festival in January when I walked past Kristen Stewart, sat in the presence of John Cho and accidentally elbowed past an executive from IMDb. You realize that these are people just like you, with a talent, a passion, and a creative ability–they just make a lot more money than most. Their stardom is a complete industrial purpose—something Justin Rawlins and Seth Friedman have taught me—and for that, I’m trying to normalize “Hollywood” at each step I take jumping into it.

So, step two: “Hollywood”

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Walking onto a studio lot every day is an easy way to normalize the industry very quickly. Walking past complete strangers who may be very important in to Hollywood–that is normal. You never know who you’ll see (and neither will the internet because of the non-disclosure agreements I’m under). But, either way, it’s just a regular life.

In the industry, people go to work, they drive cars in heavy traffic, grab coffee, and live their lives—the only difference is they talk about movies a lot more than most. So no, I can’t say this is the summer I dreamt of, because to me, its a reality of what I hope to be my new normal. I’m not sure what I dreamt of besides immersing myself in the industry, learning everything I can about it while I’m here, meeting as many people as I can, and watching as many movies as possible. Either way, I love my new normal. 

Outside of working everyday, here’s how I’ve #LindseyTayInLA’d:

  • Watching as many movies—old and new—that I can get my hands on.
  • Taken up hiking as a new hobby, from the Hollywood sign to the Paramount Ranch.
  • Visited the Chinese Theater and Hollywood Walk of Fame (its actually a very dirty sidewalk).
  • DTLA’d at Grand Central Market and Grand Central Park.
  • Finally saw Fight Club at one of the small hole-in-the-wall movie theaters, each with their own charm.
  • Researched “how to Tween” at this year’s VidCon–I still don’t understand Gen. Z
  • Visited The Academy (of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences).
  • Beached at Venice.
  • Had a double-double at In-N-Out.
  • Found the expanded film section of every bookstore–there are a lot more here.
  • Shopped at the outdoor Keystones of LA–The Americana and The Grove–where they have lawns and free blankets to sit and enjoy the fountains (I’m not kidding, I did this, it was great).
  • Made new friends who are turning into my LA family.

To those who have followed my trip to California, I can feel the love and support you all give, and appreciate it immensely. It has been a great month so far and I can’t wait for more. Here’s to #LindseyTayInLA. One month down, another to go.

– Lindsey Tay 


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