My name is Emily. I was lucky enough to get a job at theOffice a few weeks ago. Now that I’m settling into the job (learning everyone’s names, finding the appropriate volume to whisper in), it’s time I introduce myself on the world wide web.
I graduated from Emerson College in Boston this past May with a degree in screenwriting, and made the move across the country shortly after.
Upon arriving in LA (I’m from here, it wasn’t that big a deal I live with my parents), I got a restaurant job. There, I have to discuss teamwork a lot, and show genuine sympathy when a customer’s french fries aren’t cooked to their particular liking. It’s okay – the mean customers all get written into my screenplays. I come home every night smelling like old ranch dressing but I am building tons of character.
Soon after I got that job, I lucked out with a development internship at a production company here in LA, and the people I met there led me to this job at theOffice.
It took me about 5 minutes to realize what a unique opportunity I have here. I’m a brand new writer – still very much in the midst of trying to create good habits for myself that will help me to write on a regular basis – and I’ve just landed in a space where successful, seasoned writers work every day.
Just the energy alone in this room has gotten me to write more in the past few shifts than I have all summer. It’s very quiet, everyone is completely tuned in to whatever they’re writing, and the muted clicks of fingers on keyboards are a constant reminder that all over the room, things are getting accomplished.
But the aspect of this job that excites me the most is this scenario: if I am having trouble one week with finding inspiration, or reaching page count goals, or even just focusing, odds are, everyone else in the room has dealt with these same issues countless times. Therefore, I can check in with one of our members, and get solutions or advice for how to overcome these roadblocks, and share my findings with you.
So, my contributions to this blog will be a sort of conversation between myself, a new writer, and the intelligent, inspiring, and interesting writers that come in to write at theOffice every day.
Stay tuned… this should be fun.