Interview #2: Our Interns' Experience (In Their Own Words)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Interview #2: Our Interns’ Experience (In Their Own Words)

I’ve previously covered the job scope of an intern in NOC (https://noc.com.sg/an-interns-life-in-noc/), but today, I’ve interviewed a few of our interns so that they can tell you in their own words of their times spent in NOC. And without further ado, we will have our interns who have finished their internship recently, Henry and Melissa, as well as our existing intern, Raphael speak to you.

 

Farewell dinner for Melissa, second row, second from the right

 

Interviewer:

Okay, first off, the easy question. Let’s introduce yourselves.

 

Henry: 

Hey all, my name is Henry and I was previously an intern in NOC but now currently a part-timer as an assistant producer of Food King! Also, the Creator of NOC’s new website!

Currently 24, National University of Singapore student, taking up on Media communications, final year✌

 

Melissa:

Melissa Ong Xue Qi, 21 Years old, 1997 Sept 6

 

Raphael:

My name is Raphael and I’m studying in Ngee Ann Polytechnic in the Diploma of Film, Sound and Video

 

Interviewer:

Wow, that’s one way of introducing yourself, Melissa. Okay, 3 of you have been in NOC for an varied amount of time, from 3 months to 6 months. So in your own words, what is your most memorable experience working in NOC?

 

Henry:

The mega collab shoot on 12 Types of Classmates was one that I would never forget.

At that point of my internship I was struggling to juggle the weight of being a producer or at least helping out on set. Guys out there, it’s not an easy task but it doesn’t have to an unhappy one. With a positive mindset, I’ve actually endured the crazy role on being a runner on that day, especially catering to over 20 cast members.

Never at one point of the job scope of being a runner felt like it’s going to be a shitty job, because the truth is that if there wasn’t one, the efficiency and flow of the shoot would have been compromised. It’s the little things that adds up in the long run and I’m happy to say that even if a mile has to be taken to elevate the stress of the acting cast, I would do so because it’s important to keep things moving.

 

Melissa:

Eat hahaha and to make coffee hahaha
Actually theres a lot so I’m not sure what to say or how to say (like which one most most memorable I’m also not too sure)

Eat for e.g. : During Food King shoots, Ryan always care for the crew and asks the crew to try the food as well, and we also have birthday celebrations for people.
Also, the cooking showdowns between Virus and Priscilia to compete whose egg is better, etc

Making coffee : The coffee that Priscilia and KC made were damn nice, that I went to buy some materials to make coffee after I stopped working at NOC. This is how much it impacted me hahaha
Is Virus’ Cafe still ongoing? Haha (Interviewer: It’s temporarily on hiatus because it’s been busy!)

Work : Really learnt a lot from everyone e.g. Virus helping me out during editing, and learnt a lot on how to do paperwork, etc from Bella as I really didn’t know anything about cheques, Bella also gave me a lot of chances to learn and contribute such as thinking of ideas, etc
Cayden and Aiken helped me with my English as well.

 

Raphael:

The most memorable experience in had working in NOC was the first shoot I went on which was the Zyrtec shoot . My first shoot was especially memorable because it was a completely different experience from any other shoots I’ve been in before and adapting to the new style and culture of NOC shoots.

 

Raphael’s first shoot

 

Interviewer:

Well, there’s definitely lots to eat especially if you’re out together with the crew on Food King shoots, I shall take it as all the Food King shoots are memorable for Melissa. Okay so, what were the things you did not like about working with us?

 

Henry:

I was unknowingly caught in the sea of turmoil and stress at one point when I had to write a script solo, and to arrange a call sheet as well as directing a set.

Cooperation is key in any production, and there was once that I have to work with a client on an interview shoot, it wasn’t easy getting the client to be in sync with his script, so that would probably be one thing I wouldn’t favor much as it’s a little of a hassle if they can’t remember their lines.

 

Melissa:

Me making loads of mistakes continuously

 

Raphael:

Cleaning Virus’ mess in the kitchen.

 

Interviewer:

I personally like Raph’s answer. That is a hidden job scope that interns are required to do (lol). Despite all the stress and turmoil, and being thrown in very uncomfortable situations, I would understand that you wouldn’t want to come back to hell once you’ve left it. So, any thoughts of coming back to work with us after your graduation?

 

Henry:

Of course I do🌚 You see guys, there’s so much one can only learn in his 6 months of internship and I’ve yet to learn most of their operations

 

Melissa:

I’ve already graduated, and I’m not in SG now so… (Note: Melissa is in China currently)

Then afterwards, I’m still not sure about my plan yet, to be honest.

 

Raphael:

Yes, because working with the crew for the last 6 months was an incredibly fun experience and I want more of that.

 

The crew’s surprise visit to Henry after he got into a minor bike accident.

 

 

Interviewer:

Mixed answers, more or less. Well then, let’s get a little more in depth, who do you think contributed to your positive feelings about working in NOC, or in other words, who do you think are the easiest to work with?

 

Henry:

Hmm… It would be Aiken,Anna,Dee, Bella, Charmaine and Cayden

Aiken is a nice boss that always got my back when I need advice

Anna is super nice on set, there was once when I asked what she wanted to eat then she said: “Anything is fine even your leftover packet rice!” PS, she meant it HAHAHAHAS!

Dee, well, I would say his easy going on me, like the mic that I prepared on the first episode of DIFTM was bad, but knowing that I had tried my best, he still accepted it!

 

Melissa:

KC Henry Cayden Bella Pris Tracy Virus Charmaine Ryan

 

Raphael:

Everyone in the crew is easy to work with and very friendly. There isn’t one person I find difficult to work with in NOC and my experience with my colleagues have been smooth sailing throughout my internship.

 

Interviewer:

Short and succinct huh, Melissa, and it seems like Raphael is having it too easy. I probably need to speak to Virus. Okay so, I know that few months is not a long period of time, but what do you think you’ve learnt from working in NOC?

 

Henry:

Teamwork, teamwork and more teamwork, DON’T forget that you are only better if you work together. NOC is like a family, one that does an awesome job only if they stick and communicate as one!

Being disciplined in the company is important, I’m blessed with the environment that I’m working with as our office is a power house to get the job done!

 

Melissa:

Admin work, Mister Horse (AfterEffects presets), Audio Recording, Liquid Animation (Since mostly in school I chose to do 3D animation, and I seldom touch 2D liquid animation), setting up equipment at a fast pace, and I was also given the opportunity to attend a workshop for producers to learn!✌🏻

 

Raphael:

I’ve learnt to use Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects a lot more efficiently and proficiently as there is a lot of client videos to edit, giving me plenty of practice to hone my craft.

 

Interviewer:

Okay, I understand that all of you have your own things going on right now, be it with school, or traveling or concurrently trying to edit a video (Raph), so here’s the last question for you guys. What is your advice for future interns who wish to join NOC?

 

Henry:

Have a clear mindset on what you want to achieve at the end of your internship.

Many of you might think that, “Oh, I’m an intern and they are going to let me do staple work that’s all.” Well my fellow friends, you guys are dead wrong. Depending on what you are best suited as a producer or videographer, you will be required to contribute either one of these aspects, or best even both. But honestly, be yourself and don’t be afraid to try everything out.

Times will get hard. But there will be a silver lining to every hardship anywhere.

When I was assigned to create the webpage from scratch, I had to find web designers and settle on getting the best deals out there and then creating the wireframe and layout of the new webpage in order to improve our social media capacity. Let alone all these work in the 6 months I was at NOC, I had to take on the role of a producer as well.

That’s not all, I had to juggle with school and work. Yes, you heard me right because my school required me to have an internship at NOC and yet taking up on courses at the same time in NUS. So, if I’ve survived so can you all. It’s never easy, nothing is, but if you pull through, it’s more than just a sense of achievement but a set of strong attribute forged for not anyone but yourself.

 

Melissa:

There will definitely be hard or difficult times but overall it’s really a very good learning space and the people are really very nice.

 

Raphael:

Keep your mind open and constantly be learning new things. Think creatively and learn new ways to do your tasks.

 

Interviewer:

Well, thank you so much for your time, and on behalf of everyone in the office, we hope to still see you some time soon! I will be coming up with another interview soon, so let us know in the comments if there is anyone you wish for me to interview!

 

With love!