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Finding Myself Somewhere Inside Hollywood

Inside Hollywood

Who? 16 students. All majors welcome.

What? A three-week, intensive workshop program through the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film that gives students a look into all aspects of the entertainment industry through lectures, set and studio visits, discussions, and job shadowings. 

When? Summer or January Term.

Where? Los Angeles, California

Why? Because you have a passion for entertainment and stories and a thirst and curiosity to learn more.  

Written by Britton Perelman (Miami ’16), student intern, University Communications and Marketing

Working on movies has always been a pipe dream of mine. After every movie, I saw I’d be amazed that for some people, working on movies was an actual job. It didn’t seem real that someone like me from a small town in Ohio could ever do something so incredible for a living.

But now, because of Miami’s “Inside Hollywood” program, what was once my elusive pipe dream is a tangible reality.

Immerse Yourself in Each Moment

It’s nearly impossible to squeeze three weeks of experiences in Los Angeles into this account: meeting Conan O’Brien, spending an entire day on set at NCIS, talking with top professionals in On-Air Promotions departments at ABC, FX, and Hallmark, getting a personal tour of Sony’s post-production facilities, and all the other things we were able to do and people we were lucky enough to meet simply can’t be reduced to a 500 word story.

I didn’t actually believe any of this was happening to me until, full of jittery nerves, I got on my plane headed to Los Angeles. The three weeks of the program were a blur. That’s how all the best things in life go—you blink once and they’re gone. They happen so fast that you only have time to just experience everything, take it all in, enjoy it, and let yourself be completely immersed in each moment.

On one of our free days over the weekend, the entire group decided that we were going to climb to the top of the Hollywood sign. We took the shortest, but most strenuous route to the sign, but saw some of the most beautiful views of Los Angeles and the sunset along the way. I remember when we finally popped out at the top and saw the city spread out in every direction—it was breathtaking and it was ours for the taking. Before then, I hadn’t had enough of a break to really think about what was happening. But in that moment, it all hit me.  The incredibleness of what I was doing, who I was doing it with, and how quickly it was changing my life.

Never in my life had I been lucky enough to be in the company of other people who loved entertainment as much as I did. Then I went to Los Angeles. Not only did I make lifelong friends with students in the program, I got to talk to alumni and other professionals who work in entertainment and have done amazing things. Being around other people who are passionate about the same things I am was an exhilarating and enlivening rush.

Embrace What Scares You

When I left Ohio, my mom told me that my nerves were the good kind. They meant that I was doing something big, something exciting. She was right. What I did with the Inside Hollywood program was big, exciting, and completely changed my life.

Now, when I think about moving to L.A. and getting a job in the entertainment industry after graduation, I embrace the fact that it scares me a little bit. That fear means I’m doing something challenging, that will fill my life with meaning, that I love so much I’m willing to do anything for.

“Inside Hollywood” was just the beginning for me and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Published February 2014

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“Your specific degree or title is less important than your experience.”

“Your specific degree or title is less important than your experience.”

—Chris Hill, Troika Design Group
“Just keep going.”

“Just keep going.”

—Conan O’Brien
“I don’t think knowing exactly what you want to do is necessarily the most important thing.”

“I don’t think knowing exactly what you want to do is necessarily the most important thing.”

 —Stephanie Gibbons, FX Networks Marketing and On-Air Promotions
“Find something you find interesting.”

“Find something you find interesting.”

 —Ben Benedetti, Sony Pictures Entertainment Post-Production
“The overnight successes are rare. The real story is keeping your nose to the grindstone and working hard.”

“The overnight successes are rare. The real story is keeping your nose to the grindstone and working hard.”

—Richie Owens, NCIS Producer
“Your greatest strength lies in what makes you different.”

“Your greatest strength lies in what makes you different.”

 —Mark Harmon
“Every job teaches you something.  Say yes to everything.”

“Every job teaches you something. Say yes to everything.”

—Mallory Morehead, NBC Universal
“Never stop searching for the thing you love.”

“Never stop searching for the thing you love.”

—Paul Gerard, DisneyToons
“Be dedicated. Be passionate. And work hard.”

“Be dedicated. Be passionate. And work hard.”

—Stephanie Gibbons, FX Networks Marketing and On-Air Promotions
“Every chance I’ve ever taken I haven’t regretted.”

“Every chance I’ve ever taken I haven’t regretted.”

 —Charlie Yook, NFL Network
“You don’t have to start in the same place you finish.”

“You don’t have to start in the same place you finish.”

—Phil Segal, Original Productions CEO

Inside Hollywood

Who? 16 students. All majors welcome.

What? A three-week, intensive workshop program through the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film that gives students a look into all aspects of the entertainment industry through lectures, set and studio visits, discussions, and job shadowings. 

When? Summer or January Term.

Where? Los Angeles, California

Why? Because you have a passion for entertainment and stories and a thirst and curiosity to learn more.  

Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency