Street Food Cinema
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Hanna Lacy

Major: Organizational Leadership
Minor: None
Hometown: Tustin, CA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I started by googling party planning companies focused on parties in the entertainment industry. Through my research, I found Street Food Cinema (SFC) that produces large outside movie screening events all over Los Angeles. I contacted the company, had an interview, and was hired.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Working at SFC was a great experience, learning about event planning and creating a small business. During my time at SFC, I did secretary work like making spreadsheets, answering the phones, and doing research, but listening to everyone was when the real learning happened. I learned about permits and having the proper paperwork, the rules you have to follow at each park, I learned how to deal with others and solve problems, and how much goes into creating an event that lasts a few hours. All the skills I learned while at SFC will help me in my future career.

"With the leadership classes I was taking at the time, the internship helped me incorporate the skills we were learning in class into the real world."

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I had to be better at time management. Because the internship took up two full days a week and I was taking a full course load, I had to manage my time wisely to be able to put my full effort into each class. During the internship, I learned how to organize my time better, which has helped me to better manage my time this semester as well. Also, with the leadership classes I was taking at the time, the internship helped me incorporate the skills we were learning in class into the real world.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals are to be a film producer. I want to plan and prepare a project for filming, still be able to go on set, and see it through until it's distribution. This internship helped me to learn more about the permit process, the process you must go through to be able to use a location, the process of hiring individuals, and how to stay organized when there is a lot going on. Research was also a big part of my role at SFC, researching items to use at events, locations, and other things. These research skills will help to be a more effective and efficient producer.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience to another Liberal Arts student if they like the hubbub of Los Angeles and event planning. SFC is not your normal office space, but it is a great company to learn at. I always will recommend interning to fellow students. You learn so much and the experience looks great on a resume.

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