Monday, September 19th, 2016

[This is a backdated post from September 19th. Sorry. I know there’s still a lot to catch up on… I’m not gonna stop trying!]

Well…

Perhaps I spoke slightly too soon when I declared, “I’m not leaving New York!”

I’ll most likely get more into the specifics of this stuff next month when things have calmed down a little… But, as of now, I don’t have my apartment after September 30th.

BMI was supposed to start tonight, but for personal reasons so much bigger than just “I did poorly in the class wah wah,” (that, you know, maybe we can get into at Denny’s sometime, but unfortunately not here, not now)… I am not ready to go back this year. So, I am deferring yet again. (And if you’re rolling your eyes at me, don’t worry. I’m rolling them at myself too.)

So, to recap:

  • No job
  • No apartment
  • No school either

No nothin’!

I’ve got no plans and no responsibilities.

On the one hand, it feels like my life is in shambles. A mere 6 or so weeks ago I had the dream job of my life, an apartment pretty close to Central Park, and a commitment to going back to BMI.

It was such a beautifully set-up life and practically exactly what I wanted (for now, at least) in oh so many ways.

Oof.

On the other hand, though…

I’m free right now.

So free.

I don’t have to worry about making my expensive rent in New York. I don’t have work I have to report to. I’m not tied to New York on Mondays for class.

I can go anywhere. I can do anything.

I’m still certainly hoping to do BMI next year. (But, for real, though.) So, I have about a year to experience… So… what do I wanna do? Go to school? Go to Europe? Just work in television like normal?

I am a little bit free, and that’s a little bit exciting…

I cannot wait to see what in the world happens after next. I am ready for ideas and adventure!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Now that we’ve all been away for a few weeks, we all got to come back for one more day!

Our production staff worked hard sorting things, returning things, all that jazz.

And then we all got to come in and grab props from the set (or even things people didn’t want from their offices).

Since I only live 4 blocks away, I got to take a fair amount of stuff (and some of the big stuff).

It was pretty funny, because when we first walked in, there were these rules – “nothing more than what fits in one tote bag!” And as we reached the final hour, staff members were basically begging us to take things. “Can you take this box of hats?”

Yeah, sure.

A friend of mine is a huge fan of the show, so I got a whole bunch of stuff for her (the Rosa Parks award, some stuff from the set, etc.). Then I also got a few things for myself (a huge teddy bear that was on the set, a giant picture of Larry Wilmore/The Nightly Show logo that I used to pass on my way to my office everyday)… And I got my computer! (Eeeee!)

Then I got a freaking ton of swag – some of which will be sent to people on twitter. Some of which will be given to my family. Some of which I have no idea what to do with… (So, I guess write me if you want some!) I’m gonna end up with a freaking Nightly Show closet. (And I love that! Come on in and grab some swag!)

Most, most importantly, I got to see my TV family again and get some hugs.

As we came up the outside stairs, we saw the set being loaded out of the bottom door. (Awwwww!) It’s sad, but you know… we’re moving on!

Lastly, there was such a wonderful, beautiful, sweet act of kindness given to me on the last day.

There is this incredibly lovely woman who worked there… On my very first day, she saw my trying to take a selfie close to the set and ripped the cover off the desk, turned on the stage lights, then took 1,000 photos for me haha. And on the last day, she heard me say how much I reeeeally wanted one of those dark mugs from the set. And SHE SAVED ONE FOR ME!

She handed it to me at giveaway day like the sweetheart she is.

I know you may know this… but this was the best job I ever had with the best people. Even if I never work another day in my life (though, please don’t let that come true), I am still one of the luckiest people to set foot on this planet.

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Aurora De Lucia in her editing chair, looking behind her shoulder at Nightly Show[This is a backdated post from September 12, just fyi]

Welp, as far as I know this is the last thing I have to say about The Nightly Show for a while… I may mention it here and there if things come up. But, other than giveaway day tomorrow, I think this is the last in my big block of posts about it.

What an incredible, beautiful, sweet, wonderful ride this has been.

It’s crazy to think that the room where I interviewed ending up becoming my office! (I took my boss’ old bay, as she moved out of the edit to do more senior producer-y running around stuff.)

I also wore the same dress to my interview as I did to my first day as an editor, as I did to my second-to-last day of work… Because on my last day of work, I wore the dress I bought at Macy’s when I moved to New York with no clothes on a whim to work on The Nightly Show.

Same dresses. Same chair. Same office. Everything just really worked out beautifully… Except of course the losing my job part.

Other than that, this was an absolute – a really true fairy tale. And I was so very super lucky to experience it.

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Nightly Show class photo silly optionI said I wish I’d taken more pictures.

Well, thankfully, The Nightly Show did.

I don’t know who decided on the professional photographer. But I’m glad someone did. There are all these lovely wonderful pictures from the last week of work. (Yay! :-))

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

In the comments section of a pretty recent post, I was called out for the way I’ve been talking about The Nightly Show.

Now, on the one hand, I don’t know why I’m sending you read the comments section of something. After all, my favorite twitter account was “Don’t Read the Comments.”

So, obviously, read or don’t. I’m not the boss of you. It was just jarring to me that someone resented the way I talked about my job.

And I don’t know if it’s because it’s hard to get my inflections across in print, or if maybe I have changed in the last year (though I don’t feel like I’m better than anybody just for working on TNS, I don’t know if changes occurred that I can’t see), or if it was a simple misunderstanding.

But I guess I just wanted to check in and see if this is how I’m coming across to all of you…

I think it’s important if someone has a strong reaction to something I’ve said to take a beat and see if I’m accidentally saying things I’m not meaning to… So, please, keep me honest, blog readers!

xoxo

Friday, September 9th, 2016
(Yet another sad selfie we took for my boss off at maternity leave)

(Yet another sad selfie we took for my boss off at maternity leave)

I’m sure there are plenty of places where you could read articles or listen to stories about The Nightly Show ending.

I know I’ve obviously been talking about it a lot. But if you want to hear someone else talk about it, here’s a podcast with one of our senior producers.

I really loved working with him. I always said he was one of the funniest people in the building, and I meant it. So, if you feel like grabbing his take, it’s right there for ya! 🙂

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

I need to call myself out for something here.

I’ve mentioned in the blog before something along the lines of, “I’ve wanted to be in the Jon Stewart family for years,” etc. etc.

And it’s true that I threw my hat in the ring writing for an internship in multiple different semesters (even after I already had a career and had kind of crossed the intern level… And I’d kind of do some asking around or whatever to friends to see if there were any ins or anything. I tried a little. I won’t say I didn’t try, because… I tried…

But.

It wasn’t like this huge thing. I didn’t even think out my plan to get into Busboy (the Jon Stewart TV plan) as much as I thought about my 7-point plan to become theater president in high school!

I just kind of assumed no one would ever leave or I’d never know anyone with an in, and I’d have to start at the intern level.

But had I reeeeeeeally really really wanted it…

I could’ve potentially tried multiple things:

1) I could’ve used my off time to go to New York, and while there, I could’ve hung out at the ‘Daily Show bar’. (There’s a bar close to TDS where the Daily Show people go pretty often. It wouldn’t have been all that hard to fine. At Nightly Show, we all went to White Oak ’cause it was basically across the street.) I actually heard this advice on a recent google hangout. Find out where show people drink and see if you can chat ’em up at the bar (respectfully, of course, if they happen to be open to it).

2) I could’ve utilized twitter more… In my defense, I didn’t really start using twitter until somewhere in 2012. And I started my trajectory of being on TNS somewhere around late 2014ish (maybe early 2015). So, there wasn’t a humongous window… But still. Twitter’s a great tool. And I didn’t super utilize it.

3) Daily Show people have other stuff they do! I think there’s a group of writers who perform at UCB. I could’ve gone to that show. I could’ve supported the side projects of Daily Show people…

There are ways to meet people working on the shows you want to work on.

Of course, you don’t wanna get all crazy and accidentally annoy people into never wanting to let you work there… But still, I could’ve been a good deal more persistent and thoughtful without crossing any lines.

So… I think it is indeed true that of course I wanted to work on TDS. And it’s also true that I did try in some ways. But I didn’t pull out all the stops. I didn’t try as hard as could be. So, I just didn’t want to oversell my work to get into the Jon Stewart crowd.

I 100% could’ve done more.

…But uh, hey, I got on The Nightly Show! So, ultimately, things worked out pretty nicely for me!