Alex (right) pictured with Volunteer Director Stina Pederson // Photo: Matt Kamimura
The last installment of our Intern Blog series comes from Alex Prehm, our HFF17 Volunteer Coordinator Intern.
In early April, I was a month away from graduating college and I had nothing lined up for summer. Considering that I am a type-A personality, this lack of direction caused me enormous amounts of stress. Thankfully, my anxiety subsided when I saw a poster in the commons area searching for interns for the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. I had heard of the festival before, and being a theatre major, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity. And boy was I right!
During the 3 and a half weeks I worked for the festival, I was part of a dedicated group of artists and theatre lovers. The Fringe has been so open and accepting, that this internship didn’t feel like going to a job, it felt more like going home. The Fringe has provided a sense of community that is unmatched. It is inspiring to know that even in the age of Trump, when the world feels like it’s been flipped upside-down, there still is a dedicated group supporting art and theatre in LA.
I highly recommend anyone thinking about interning for the Hollywood Fringe Festival to go for it. It’s hard work at times, but it is the most rewarding and fulfilling work I’ve ever done. Being apart of this amazing group of people is worth it in and of itself.