I made a good amount of mistakes at Barry Katz Entertainment. I messed up Barry’s salad many times. He told me that the chef knew him and would make it the way he wanted, but the chef had no idea who I was or what I wanted. This led to a screwed-up salad. He had to go down himself to fix it. The next time I went to get the salad, I got the right one, but it wasn’t the way he wanted. I always got it wrong, but Josh always got it right. I felt like a moron.

Another time I scheduled a meeting for Barry on a Monday, but I forgot to put it in his calendar. I got a call on Monday from Barry telling me about the mess up. He wanted me to apologize to his friend, reschedule it, and put it on his calendar. I was the worst assistant. I picked up his dry cleaning. I went to a frame store, got him prices, and sent him photos. I helped him mail out packages. I organize the inventory for his documentary series on JFK too. I disliked the job. It sucked, and I was no good at it. I did like Barry, though; he would buy us lunch occasionally since he didn’t pay us. He would give us his card and tell us to get whatever we wanted from the Century City mall.

Barry hosted a podcast called Industry Standards. It was pretty cool. He would reach out to big names in the business and interview them for his show. Barry had a long line of famous, rich, and successful friends. The podcast meant something to him more. Barry strongly believed that drive came from some grief, and he wanted that level of connection with his guests. During my time there, I got to meet Norman Leer. He was friendly and thought I had fallen asleep during his interview, but I was wide awake. I have no idea why he felt that. The person that was asleep was Barry’s audio guy. He would fall asleep during interviews, and I was shocked that Barry was okay with it. The highlight of the entire internship was meeting Judd Apatow. I am going, to be honest with you. I am not a person that knows filmmakers and actors by name. I have seen Judd Apatow’s films and shows, but that’s about it. I had to google him when I found out about his interview. I am not proud of my lack of knowledge, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love movies or filmmaking. I felt a little judged by fellow interns. I felt a little ashamed too. Josh and I carpooled to meet Judd Apatow at the Sony lot. We left early and arrived on time. Barry was waiting for us at the gate, looking nervous. His audio guy was late. He never showed up and never answered any of the phone calls.

To be continued…



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