Friday, June 25, 2010

The Beginning of a Diva's Dream Come True...


First, I was a curly-haired five-year-old girl who sang and danced on the coffee table, wanting to be a movie star. Then, I was a 16-year-old girl who gave up her dream because she realized she lived in Iowa. Then I was a 21-year-old girl who realized that just because she lived in Iowa doesn't mean she couldn't ever reach Hollywood. And that's where I am now.

Host of Entertainment Tonight (And University of Northern Iowa alum, woot woot!) Mark Steines, decided to take three interns under his wing this summer to mentor.

There's Brittany, Aaron, and myself--we are a team, and this summer we are working together to produce video projects, shadow producers and directors, and learn as MUCH about the Hollywood industry as we can in two months.

(check out his website HERE !!)

Day 1…and Meeting Mark

First, we met Mark's personal assistant, Texas-born-and-bred Kirby. My first impression: she looks like Princess Belle! Which is totally a good sign. She gave us a whirlwind tour of CBS Studio and introduced us to a million gaZILLION people. My head was spinning! We got our "Official" CBS intern badges.

[Brittany, Aaron, and Me]

That night, Mark invited us to his LA home where we then carpooled to the Los Angeles Film Festival. Even though I had already heard what a nice person Mark was, I was still thrilled with his completely warm and genuine nature. I instantly felt at ease, and realized that we were in for a real treat! Even though he happens to be viewed by millions of people every day on national television, he's extremely down to Earth.

The LA film fest was SOOO fun! On the ride back, we discussed the film that we had viewed, drawing creative inspiration from the documentary editing.


Entertainment Tonight is the best-rated Entertainment News station on television. This has its perks!! Why? Well, because ET has maintained friendly relationships with many stars and publicists, they mostly always have first dibs on red carpet premieres. This means that stars come to them FIRST with the news.

Brittany and I at the LA Film Festival. OK--I'm NOT wearing a glam

dress, and it kills me inside. But I decided to go quaint and conservative--

it was my first day, after all...

Thus; needless to say, a lot of the top people in the industry are working here. And WE GET TO SHADOW THEM!!! WOHOOO!

I LOVE video editing, so I am BUBBLING over the top with questions. It is really fun to sit in the edit bay with editor Michael Klein as he teaches us how to make natural cuts and edits, and how to package the news stories so that the audience, which mostly consists of gossip-hungry women, hang on every word.

We also get to go into the voiceover booth and listen to Mark record voice-overs that will be laid over celebrity footage. This--called "tracking"--is a part of Mark's daily job. Brittany and I got a shot at reading some of the tracks!


Get coffee for all employees and wash their cars. Not! We get assignments, shadow experts, and Learn learn LEARN about whatever our specific interests are. Everyone here is willing to ask questions…they aren't the hair-slicked-back, "Don't-talk-to-Me" guarded Hollywood elite that people might think of. They are real people, and excited to explain what their roles are.

Mark loves his family and is a great father...

his two young boys picked out this outfit for him. :)

Mark is a genius photographer, so he uses his experience with photography to apply to camera skills.



Premiere opportunities pop up at random. We never know what might be available. Meaning, we might be told in the morning, "Hey…there's a video shoot tonight with so-and-so. We might be able to get you interns in…" And within a few hours, we might be on our way to something! This is only the first week--but we've already been to two premieres--LA Film Festival and the Twilight Premiere!

They say Taylor has good abs, but unfortunately he was wearing a suit so there's no way I could know. But we stumbled upon this event by sheer luck!! Fellow intern Brittany and I got waved into the Red Carpet of the Twilight Eclipse Hollywood Premiere by ET host Kevin Frazier just as we were about to go sit in the crowd, hundreds of feet away from the stars. Instead, we got two feet away. Video footage and details on that in a post to come...

This Weekend's Challenge

Tomorrow and Sunday we have a LOOOONG series of video shoots. Mark has assigned each of us interns to produce our own videos, so we're hitting up two events tomorrow and one on Sunday. Brittany is producing one about an Africa Mission Trip fundraising event, Aaron will be filming a Motocross event, and I am taking on a Women's Roller derby Game!

It is OVERWHELMING and FAST-PACED. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. I am SO EXCITED THAT WE GET THROWN RIGHT INTO THIS...this is how the real entertainment world is.

We haven't had more than an hour to sit (until tonight...) Brittany, Aaron, and I are waking up at 5:45 to get ready because we have to hit the road at 7 AM...and LA driving adventure, to say the least. ;p

I am so ready to take this on!


  1. Eva, this is so incredibly awesome! I"m glad my tips worked out for you! I can't wait to read more throughout the summer. I'm so happy for you that you are living out your dream. I am so proud to know someone as amazing as you.

  2. Eva-
    You are such an amazing person, and I am so glad that you were able to participate in this life-altering experience. Also know that you did not get this opportunity by are an incredibly creative and talented gal, and your imagination brought you to Hollywood. Honestly, "Filming in Stilettos," pure genius, and I love it! I cannot wait to read about more adventures of the Hollywood Intern!
    Much love from boring ol' Iowa, :o)
    P.S. I'll be blogging soon about my experience in Brazil, so keep posted for that...if you get more than an hour of free time, haha.

  3. EEEEEVA- thanks for the message last night, and for starting this blog. ive got it bookmarked and am so thrilled to read along with your adventures as they come. never leave home without your trusty glam compact ;) love n hugs from iowa -amy

  4. Congratsss!! I hope you enjoy your time over there!!

  5. I love this!!! You are AMAZING!!! -Keisha