Meet the Intern: Molly Chambers
My name is Molly Chambers and I am a junior at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland. My school requires every junior to take part in a shadow project, where we spend three days working with and observing professionals working in the field we are interested in. When I was talking to my guidance counselors about this project, they suggested that I look into shadowing someone at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.
Molly taking pictures while on a scout with Production.
I did not know much about GCFC and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did not have much experience in entertainment beyond acting classes and school plays. Though I was nervous, I was interested in learning more about GCFC and gaining as much experience as I could. I decided to go, and I am beyond happy that I did.
I have always wanted to pursue a career in film, but I didn’t think that I could gain much experience in Cleveland. After shadowing here, I now know how wrong I was. GCFC brings so many people in the entertainment industry to Cleveland and work so hard to make Cleveland an ideal place for filming. Everyone here has been so welcoming and informative. They have taught me so much about what they do and included me in so many of their projects. I learned how to scout locations, how to break down a script, and what the process of making films is like. From the three days that I have been here, I am leaving with so much knowledge about the industry. I am so fortunate to have met and worked with everyone here and I’m grateful for everything that they have taught me during my time here.
One of the core pillars of GCFC’s mission is workforce development. We work with local educators to help students who have a desire to enter a career in media production gain exposure to the industry. Throughout the year, several opportunities are available to students interested in the media production industry to come work with us and learn not only about the industry, but also about non-profit organizations and day to day office life. We also host students for limited time shadowing and senior projects, which can last anywhere from one day to one week.