“The Perfect Basket”
Everyone’s heard the old saying that you should never put all of your eggs in one basket. Whether you have relationship eggs, money eggs or real eggs, you want to put them in different places to minimize your risk of losing all of them at the same time.
As a non-risk-taker, this makes sense to me, and I usually follow this advice. However, this past spring I didn’t, and I ended up getting pied in the face, sitting in a cell block, and collecting brains.
It was the beginning of March, and like a good college student, I was looking for places to complete my summer internship. I’m a video production student, so even in Ohio, it wasn’t very hard for me to find multiple companies offering internship positions. But I didn’t want to just do video production like everyone else. I wanted to work someplace where I could explore all of my interests, which included animation, writing, graphic design, and eLearning in addition to video. I couldn’t think of a single company in Ohio that did all of these things (let alone a job position that would allow me to exercise all of these skills).
Miraculously, while Googling information about eLearning and video production for a paper I was writing, a link for Cinecraft Productions, Inc. showed up on the first page of results. I was like, “Cinecraft? That sounds like a production company.” Out of pure curiosity, I clicked on the link. And this simple decision is what led me to put all of my eggs in one basket.
From there, my thought process was something like this: “Awesome website! They do video AND eLearning? They’re in Cleveland?? DO THEY TAKE INTERNS?! Of course, I immediately sent a very professional email inquiring about an internship, and then anxiously waited for a response…
I didn’t wait long though; I received a response the SAME DAY. How often does that happen? From there, I went through the typical application routine: send a resume and work samples, a brief phone interview, a real interview (with five people!), and then I waited. This time it took three weeks for a response. And during all of this time, I never bothered to apply for another internship. I wanted to intern at Cinecraft and that was that. Strangely, I didn’t feel worried about it either. Somehow I just felt that everything had happened too perfectly, so I was destined to get it.
And I did! I put all of my internship eggs into one basket and not a single one was harmed!
When I finally started my internship, I was welcomed by a passionate group of people who are too awesome and friendly to put into words. They included me in as many projects and events as possible including a 75th anniversary pie-throwing video (see it here. I’m at 0:26) and an evening of board games (I collected the most brains in Zombie Dice!). They even gave me the opportunity to create an animation from script to finish so that I would have something to take with me when I left. I spent many hours in my little room (playfully referred to as the “cell block” for its plain, empty appearance) working to perfect this 30-some second animation (watch it here).
In the end, I couldn’t be happier with my internship experience, and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back (wink wink, nudge nudge). So, if you’re ever considering putting all of your eggs in one basket, I have one thing to say to you: make sure you find the perfect basket to put them in.
Meagan Lawton – Student, Kent State University