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A day at EMPIRE: The World’s Biggest Movie Magazine

Well I’ve made it, the clock has struck 6pm and my first day of work placement at EMPIRE is over.

There’s no question it’s been overwealming, and perhaps I feel as though I could have accomplished more, but I’m happy with the day, and most importantly, I’ve enjoyed myself.

My first taste of the industry has been as entertaining as I expected, with stories and comments flying around the office and big Hollywood names being name-checked here and there throughout.

I didn’t get off to the best start, having been told to go to the FIRTH floor instead of the FORTH, but there’s still time to turn around those first impressions, and everyone I’ve met is very nice.

I won’t (t)witter on about it too much, but there’s no signs of the credit crunch dampening people’s spirits in this festive Christmas season.

The office, littered with EMPIRE issues as you’d expect, is also complete with a pool table to unwind with, as well as a couple of shiny big screen TVs for those all-important DVD views.

Most impressively though, is the A1 cardboard representations of some of the magazine’s most iconic covers, which brought a warm smile to my face as soon as I arrived.

As well as that there seems to be a large amount of Star Wars related things lying around, fingers crossed that my new T-shirt in the same vein will make a good impression later in the week.

Stay tuned for more.


Holidays are coming…but first

With a huge sigh of relief I finally completed and handed in all my work for this term earlier on today (I might share some of it on here so watch this space). There’s nothing like feeling you’re actually accomplishing something in your life, don’t you think?

There’s not much new about this holiday season for most people, but for me it’s an important and exciting one. First of all I get to turn 21 (14th of December, be sure to look out for a birthday post then!), which has been long awaited and confirms my ascent from the last remnants of childhood into an age where people accept you aren’t a child, but look at you with a disapproving gaze followed by a shrewd smile whenever you try do or say something naive.

I accept this is part of the ‘right’ of passage into the world of working to get paid as opposed to the world of paying to study, but I wonder what age most ‘real’ adults think us borderliners become part of their club?

More importantly, and excitingly, than that though, is the other big event that is happening is my work placement, which begins on Monday at none other than EMPIRE magazine, a magazine which I have almost infinite respect for and a great appreciation of.

I’ll be there all week, so hopefully I’ll find a moment to report back about the interesting goings on, but rest assured my eyes will be peeled for tantalising glimpses of the next years hottest films.

This placement is the best 21st birthday present I could have hoped for in truth, because EMPIRE is the place I’d like to end up once I’ve flexed my creative muscles throughout the industry in a few years time.

Let us hope this opportunity will be everything I’m convinced it will be, because there’s always a chance this time in the industry will make me realise I don’t want to be a journalist anymore.