Hey folks! I am excited to introduce you to Grant Golden, our 2013 Fall Production Intern. When he’s not in class at North Carolina State University, Grant will be working here a few days a week, in addition to working at WKNC and covering bands on his N.C. music blog, the Bottom String. Take a look below to learn more about the multi-talented musician, writer, and home-cook extraordinaire.
1. What made you apply for this internship?
I’ve got a passion for storytelling and videography, so when I came across a post online for the Myriad internship, I was immediately hooked. After I checked out the website, I knew that it would be a fantastic place to become involved with, especially given the high level of talent and creativity that is consistently on display. I’ve been self-taught in all of my videography work thus far, so it serves as an excellent way for me to hone my skills and to participate in an enriching career-building exercise as well.
2. What is your major and why?
I’m a Communication major with a concentration in Media Studies. I entered the communication field because I was interested in working in the music industry and knew that the PR side was most likely my best bet, seeing as I’d worked as a publicist beforehand. After I got into studying media, I fell in love with the journalistic, storytelling side of media production and began taking more hands-on courses within the major.
3. Who are your heroes or influencers?
My mother is my personal hero. She’s always been a beacon of support for whatever ridiculous pipe dream that I’ve set my sights on, and always helps pick me back up if I fumble my way through those lofty goals. I also draw great influence from my friends—they’re highly motivated and talented individuals. We’ve built a small community that feeds off of each other’s creativity, and we all strive to make the world a better place, whether that be through everyday acts of kindness, or by spreading a positive mindset.
4. What is your personal motto?
“So it goes.” Things will always happen to you, both good and bad. Many of these things will be out of your control. There’s no sense in wasting time by dwelling on your shortcomings or downfalls. Life is all about how you react to the things that are going on around you.
5. What are your hobbies?
I love every facet of music. Making it, listening to it, talking about it, writing about it, you name it. I’m also far more obsessed with cooking than any 22-year-old should probably be.
6. Favorite food in the whole world?
Shrimp. I’m a simple man.
7. Most embarrassing moment?
Though it holds little bearing on my life now, I always cringe when I think back on a particular day in middle school. I left my book bag in my mom’s car and as she drove off, I chased her down trying to get her to stop so I could get it. I subsequently fell and ate pavement, leaving huge road rash all up my arm and most of my face. I got in the car and refused to go to school that day, but I certainly heard all about it the next day.
8. Least marketable talent or hobby?
I make a mean ice-cream sundae.
9. Favorite three films?
In no particular order: Garden State, Joe Dirt and The Royal Tenenbaums.
10. Guilty pleasure?
The Food Network. I’m a fiend for some Chopped marathons.
11. Favorite book?
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.