Make The Connection

September 24, 2018 | By Erin Ross ’20

Leah Crawford ’19 spent her summer in California, completing internships with Grey Matter Productions and Artists First. (Photo courtesy of Leah Crawford)

Golden (State) Opportunities

Ohio Wesleyan Student Gets Once-in-a Lifetime Opportunity with Two Film Industry Internships

Name: Leah Crawford ’19
Majors: Communications (Media Production) and Film Studies
Minors: Art History and Classics
Hometown: Monroe, Louisiana
Experience: Internships with Grey Matter Productions in Culver City, California, and Artists First in Beverly Hills, California.

Crawford spent her summer in the Golden State interning with Grey Matter Productions and Artists First, where she spent her time tracking media, writing coverage, running receptions, and booking conference rooms for meetings with major celebrities.

Lessons Learned

“[T]his has been a learn-as-you-go type of internship. I have been given so many new opportunities to learn about the management industry and how things run in Hollywood from the very bottom, up.

“I was chosen to edit and annotate the script of our biggest sequel that is about to enter production, and I was chosen to do the same for the script of a feature film that will debut the company’s new branding. 

“I view this internship as a great stepping stone for me to an entry-level position or graduate school. I like to say that, ‘It is a foot in the door and a name in the game.’ In such a competitive industry with an exponential turnover, any opportunity that allows networking or education is the opportunity of a lifetime at my age.

“Honestly, I have never worked this hard in my life. I work 16 hours a day almost 7 days a week. This experience has pushed me harder than anything else in life so I think when I return to OWU I will have more confidence and more ability to perform my best in the classroom.

“This internship is different from day to day. Some days I am working at the reception desk and run reception for the entire office. Some days I am writing coverage, or I am writing lists for some of the managers about what clients of theirs would be best for a certain role or project. Some days I’m in the comedy office or booking conference rooms for meeting with major celebrities, it all just depends.”

Leah Crawford ’19 shows off her completion certificate for the UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute 2018. She completed an eight-week track in creative producing. (Photo courtesy of Leah Crawford)

Why I Chose Ohio Wesleyan

“I actually chose OWU going out on a limb. I never interviewed, toured the campus, nothing. OWU was recommended to me by my college advisor in high school. Once I read about the reputation and was able to secure the scholarship needed to go to school so far from home, I sort of just took a leap of faith and signed on the dotted line.” 

My Plans After Graduation

“Since the entertainment industry is one of the most competitive in the world, I am planning on working for a year or two to build my resume before attending graduate school to get an M.F.A. I have a few options for full-time positions, which would either have me back in Los Angeles or in New York City.