Ms. Key (a pseudonym, I assume), writes:
I intern on a major studio lot, which has been an awesome experience so far. I plan to do everything I can to make this last as long as possible and parlay it into a paying gig. My problem is that I’m interning on a talk show, while my real interest is in scripted shows. I don’t want to be, or appear to be, flaky or as though I’m not taking my current commitment seriously, but I also don’t want to let this opportunity of being on a lot everyday pass me by.
A couple of my favorite scripted shows are being filmed here right now, so I’m wondering what is the best way to get an ‘in’ on one of those shows, without just looking like some random groupie or an inappropriate intern, etc. Hanging out around the set or the trailers of a production that I don’t belong to seems like a sure fire way of getting a bad reputation both with their crew and with my own show. So what should I do? I’ve managed to strike up a conversation with some of the crew on both shows, but I don’t know how to go from a casual conversation to “hey, do you know how I can get a job on this show?”
Actually, if they know you’re an intern, they know you want to turn that internship into a job. Just straight up say, “Hey, do you know how I can get a job on this show?”