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Author Micah Cambre

here’s why

If you had asked me a year ago whether or not this would be what I’d be doing, I would have laughed in your face. I would have called you crazy and dismissed your question as just plain silly. Yet, I face the facts. I am here, I am applying myself, I am super busy.

I have two jobs, one at my internship and the other at Six Flags. I haven’t yet directly mentioned the theme park for reasons of censorship, but I feel comfortable enough now. It keeps me so busy lately and I feel like most of my free time is spent preparing for it or winding down from it. This weekend is my first weekend free to myself in over a month and it feels really good so far.

My job at the park is with the Batman show. I am a stage technician and I am in charge of helping the actors with their costumes as well as cleaning and preparing props and the stage for shows. It’s a physically intensive job and very good for me in that sense because I am so lazy about working out. As much as I don’t enjoy the low pay, I know this job is benefiting me physically. It also puts me in a social situation of working with lots of people, which I’m not used to being that I’ve been working with computers for so long.

During the show, I have such responsibilities as changing Batman costumes, Batgirl costumes, and starting some vehicles. There are so many different little things going on but I’d rather not bore you with the details.

As enjoyable as this summer job is, I am hoping that sooner than later I can find something suitable for me in the music field. My internship isn’t going to guarantee me a job, only experience. So I now begin my journey of establishing another source of income designing web pages as well as trying to continue to network with people in the industry. Being in it for yourself is very difficult when you don’t know many people, and being shy on top of all of that hinders my chances. I hope I learn how to make it happen soon because I am so ready to continue with this chapter of my life. It’s exciting, there’s much potential and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

internship pitfalls

I’ve been working for my internship for only 2 weeks now. As anybody could, I have a few complaints. Maybe I’ll be able to solve these soon but they do stink.

1) I have to pay parking meter every 2 hours or I get a ticket. I’ve already received 2 tickets in the past 2 weeks, and this really blows because they’re $35 each. I think my best shot at dismissing them is to show up at the traffic control center or wherever they handle this mess and act Texan. “Dur, I’m not from around here, officer. Y’all haven’t marked the street well for me and I’m fixing to have to pay how much?” You know, that kind of jargon.

2) I love listening to music but I get burnt out on listening to so much music in one day. This really isn’t much of a complaint because day to day is usually completely different.

3) The drive is 25 miles. However, in LA, you don’t measure places by distance but rather by the time it takes to drive there. How long does it take? An hour each way. Yes, I’m driving on the infamous Interstate 405 and it’s infamous horrible traffic. It’s not a huge annoyance yet because I’ve only been driving it for 2 weeks, but I can tell it’s going to get old quick.

4) Will I be able to financially support myself with a really low paying job that I won’t work more than 20 hours a week if even that? It’s highly possible that I won’t.

I’m sure there’s more but again, I haven’t been working here that long yet. Now, so that I don’t end this on a bad note, the good things about this internship are:

1) I’m working in the entertainment industry and it’s a huge foot in the door.
2) The people I work with rock.
3) I’m only working 8 hours a day with an hour break and this summer will be less, but it’s all enjoyable work.
4) I get to hear new artists before they become public.

And it’s the beginning of a great career hopefully. This job is going to be fun as long as financially I can pay the meter on time, not get anymore tickets, etc. Let’s hope for the best.

so tired…

This summer is going to kick my butt! Why? I’m finally going to be tested to some limits which I’ve never been tested before. I’m going to be waking up early almost everyday this month with few breaks. This summer is going to be testing my limits financially and physically because of my financial situation. It’s going to be a heck of a ride!

My internship is going great, but I understand how tedious it will be at times. Today for about 7 hours straight, I was listening to music. Non stop. I had to dig into a bin full of unopened CDs and listen to just about every track on the CD to have an idea of what’s out there. Seriously, it wore me down. I was so tired of listening to so many different selections. However, on a positive note, I learned about a bunch of new groups out there and some really cool new songs. I guess the standout for all the songs I listened to was the brand new Ryan Adams CD. My favorite track? His remake of “Wonderwall”. I don’t know why but it was really cool. Not that it was that different from the original by Oasis but it was a nice arrangement. Somewhat reminiscent of Gary Jules’ remake of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears that was featured on the film Donnie Darko.

Since I will be working with music on a regular basis now, I think I’ll share more thoughts on some good tunes for others to listen to. However, I’ll also do this to remind myself because I tend to forget really easily.

Since moving here to my new pad, I am able to watch TV a lot more. I’m now aware of this Iraq situation with the prisoners. As disturbing as it is to find out what’s going on, I’m not really surprised.

I have a few friends who have been through the Army and Navy. I’ve heard only a few stories of uniformity and obedience to their superiors. If you aren’t an officer and you are told to do something, you do it. That’s just the way it is as I understand it.

With this said, I believe that Americans will learn more responsibility of these acts should be held accountable to the leaders of these military groups. As Lt. Gen. Lance Smith stated, the mistreatment resulted from a

failure of leadership from the brigade commander on down, a lack of discipline, no training whatsoever and no supervision.

Yet, I think it’s more than that and I have wonders about how high up this punishment should really affect. The sad thing is that there are leaders who are only there to be butt kissed and probably won’t be caught.

lost in space

I lost my web page for a day and a half this weekend. In the process, I also lost the last two entries. Oh well, it’s not like I typed anything important. Something about my eyes beating on my pillow.

I have some great news! I started working my internship today! Yay!! I am working for a company called Immortal Entertainment who deals with so many aspects of the entertainment industry. My department is under the music supervisor, who chooses music for the soundtracks of different movies. So, today, my first task was to sit down and watch a movie. Seriously, I get into the office and they sit me down a few minutes later to watch a movie! What a great job!

I didn’t realize something until a few days ago. I am about to be 25. Crap…