We began our summer internship program last week, and I must say, Myriad has a dream team on board. I’d like to introduce you to Kristen Rivera, our Summer Production Intern who is a student at Meredith College. Here are some fun facts about Kristen to help you get to know her a little more. I am eager to learn the story about the ring on her right hand…
What made you apply for this internship? I applied for this internship last spring and wasn’t selected, but instead of getting discouraged, I sought out to get as much experience as possible and reapply the following summer. After browsing Myriad’s website, I could tell this was a really cool company with really cool people. The team’s philosophy on helping others and building relationships showed me that being an intern here would be an incredibly rewarding experience- I’m so glad I tried again.
- What are you hoping to get out of this internship? I look forward to learning about the technical aspects of production and working on set, and I am excited about seeing what it takes to be a producer on both large and small-scale projects. I also look forward to hearing the backgrounds of the employees here and learning what led them to Myriad.
- What is your major and why? I am a Mass Communication major with minors in Professional Writing & Presentation Media and Photography. I chose this combo to get a wide range of knowledge about media and some experience with production. I get to hang out with Communication students, English students, and Art students. There’s never a dull moment and always someone new to learn from.
- Who are some of your heroes or influencers? My parents are my role models and have taught me everything I know about treating others well and paying it forward when you’ve achieved something. One of my biggest influences career-wise is Joss Whedon. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite TV show of all time, and Whedon’s ability to address contemporary social issues in the context of vampires and ’90s hairstyles is incredible.
- What is your personal motto or mantra? “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.” I think at first this sounds a little cutthroat, which is definitely not my style, but it goes to show that how you treat people and the work you put forth personally and professionally will be what others remember you for. I believe it applies well to Myriad’s “show, don’t tell” philosophy, and is a constant reminder to strive for improvement.
- What are some of your hobbies or interests? Outside of classes and video work, I am really involved on Meredith’s campus. I serve as Chief Student Adviser, Vice President of our campus’ LGBT support and advocacy organization, and Cornhuskin’ Co-Chair for my class. Cornhuskin’ is Meredith’s equivalent of homecoming, and it involves skits, dancing, pig noses, thousands of cans, corn shuckin’, and 30-foot props. I am always looking for an excuse to talk about it, so please feel free to ask me about this weird tradition.
- What inspires you? I am inspired by people who are so passionate about what they’re doing that when they tell you about it, it just about seems like the most exciting thing in the world. People who carry that positive energy and are always looking to learn more about the world are the people I try to surround myself with.
- What is your favorite food in the whole world? There’s this Puerto Rican dish called Pastelon that’s essentially Caribbean lasagna. It’s layers of sweet plantains baked between layers of beef and red sauce and it will seriously rock your world.
- Tell us the story about your most embarrassing moment. I block most embarrassing stories out of my head like mini-traumas, but if one comes rushing back to me you have my word that I’ll tell you in detail how it went down.
- What is your least marketable talent or hobby (something random/weird/cool about you that not many people know?) I studied Mandarin Chinese for seven years (marketable) but haven’t practiced and only remember how to say “you’re my best friend” and “today’s weather is good/bad” (not marketable).
- What is your favorite film? My favorite movie is (500) Days of Summer. I like the out-of-order storytelling and the fact that the ending isn’t particularly happy. I especially like the animated sketches throughout the film and the actions that sync with the music. These little touches are what make the movie fun to watch over and over (and over and over) again.
- What is your favorite book? Right now I’m reading Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown and it’s hilarious and helpful. I’ll keep you posted on how the adulting is going.
- What is your guilty pleasure? I am embarrassed to say I do, in fact, keep up with the Kardashians. Kourtney is my favorite character (person?) on the show.
- Anything else you want the Myriad gang to know about you? If you ever need a conversation starter, ask me about one of the following: Cornhuskin’, living in Puerto Rico, or the ring on my right hand. You can’t go wrong.