Hey there! We are mid-internship season here at Myriad. The “Myriad Mentorship,” as we call it, is a three-month program where we take a local student under our wing and collaborate on all kinds of fun stuff. This year, we are lucky to have Sam Mazany, a student at NC State. Take a look at the questionnaire below to learn more about him. If you have any questions about the program in general, let me know.
Welcome aboard, Sam!
1. What made you apply for this internship?
I like to work with as many different types of people and groups on video projects as I possibly can. While looking around for internships, I happened upon Myriad and poured over their website to get a better feel for everything. After reading The Myriad Way and It all Started Over Hacky Sack, I felt like I could really fit in with the culture at Myriad. I can kind of get fixated on certain things, so I suddenly became super motivated to make sure that this internship was the one that I landed. I actually ended up applying for this internship only, because I wanted to make it work
2. What is your major and why?
I’m studying Communication with a concentration in Media at NC State. I’ve always liked storytelling in some form or another, so Communication Media really worked for me, as it encompasses all types of storytelling. The media concentration has allowed me to study various forms of storytelling, but I’ve become really attached to film and video. It also made me feel like my obsession with television was something that I can harness for the good of my career.
3. Who are your heroes/influencers?
I’ve always like directors with a strong sense of personal style so Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson were always major influencers of mine. I always liked that you could immediately tell that you were watching a movie by them within seconds. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, as well as Danny McBride and Jody Hill are both two collaborative duos that I hold in pretty high-esteem, as they’ve managed to find creative partnerships that allow them to be greater than the sum of their parts. Being creative is fun but it’s much better when you can do it with someone that gets your humor and style.
4. What is your personal motto or mantra?
I wish I had a succinct, well-thought-out phrase or mantra, but if I had to write out a super unwieldy motto, it would be to care about the work you are doing and find people that care about that work to help you. Most of my successes have come from working on things that I legitimately cared about with people that I legitimately care about and who also care about what we are working on. I guess do stuff that you’re proud of and not what you think would make others proud. Also, I try not to be afraid of trying new things. It’s the only definitive way to know if you like or dislike something.
5. What are your hobbies?
I like binge-watching TV shows, stand up specials, and movies. I also like reading about video games but not actually playing them (I played a lot when I was younger but for some reason I just read about them now). I like to run but I’m not super serious about it. I haven’t done a marathon or any sort of run that is within some sort of organized framework but it’s nice to go get lost on the greenways for an hour. I really like craft beer and checking out local restaurants, which is good that I like to run now because I would not be able to sustain the “I like to eat food and drink beer” hobby.
6. Favorite food in the whole world?
Toss up between buffalo wings and sushi, depending on the mood. I don’t know why I picked two foods on the opposite ends of the food spectrum but it is what it is. It’s hard picking a favorite because I love food.
7. Most embarrassing moment?
Remembering that for an entire summer that I wore a lanyard necklace containing a small Sea Monkey aquarium to camp. It’s retroactively embarrassing. That or telling people I’ve seen the first two seasons of Dance Moms.
8. Least marketable talent or hobby?
I have seen the entire series of Eastbound and Down several times through and because of it can quote almost any episode. That and my encyclopedic knowledge of the expanded universe and lore of the Halo video game series.
9. Favorite three films?
Observe and Report, Rushmore, Lost in Translation.
10. Favorite three TV series?
Eastbound and Down, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
11. Guilty pleasure?
I have seen every episode of the first two seasons of Dance Moms. It started off as a joke and then 43 episodes past and I wasn’t sure what I had just done.
12. Favorite book?
Probably The Great Gatsby. I feel dumb admitting this, but I hardly read, which I know is terrible. I just recently bought a Kindle and plan to start reading more this summer, so I’m open to suggestions. Hopefully I’ll soon have a favorite book that isn’t one that I was forced to read in high school.