Ever since I was in high school, I was passionate about two things: movies and writing.
As I got older, it became clear to me that I wanted to be a writer as my professional job and preferably a writer who writes about movies. I felt though that this was a dream I couldn’t achieve because it was just too far out-of-reach for me. My closest experience to becoming a writer for a publication was writing for my school organizations and while that was fun and enjoyable, I felt that I wanted to do more. Whenever I would apply for writing internships in different publications, I would get the dreaded rejection letter and that made me think that maybe this wasn’t right for me. It was just a dream for me until the opportunity came to me when I got accepted for a writing internship position for Meg Magazine.
Before I joined Meg, I just finished a month-long internship and I was contemplating on taking the internship or not. One part of me wanted to just rest and spend the rest of my summer at home, but another part of me wanted to take the internship and have the experience of writing for a publication. Since my previous internship was more production-focused, I felt that I wanted, maybe even needed to do this. I had the opportunity, so I decided to take the writing internship for the experience.
When I first got to Meg, I felt somewhat intimidated because the people I was working with were all experienced in the industry while I was just a student writer.
I didn’t know if I was good enough for them. That intimidation slowly went away though after I saw how nice and helpful my co-workers were. They helped me when I needed it and I felt like I was part of the team. I was surrounded by people who more or less shared the same interest as me, so it wasn’t hard to relate to them. They were fun to be around and made the office feel like more of a light-hearted environment.
I thought I was an ok writer before but my editor, Elyse, really helped me improve my writing even further and showed me that I can get better. She taught me how to write for a wider and specific audience. That actually was a bit of an adjustment for me since whenever I would write, it would usually be just for me or a small group of people. Now though, I was writing for Meg’s audience, a significantly larger audience than what I was used to. I had to change my writing style a bit, but I think that really helped me in the end.
During my stay, I got to write a bunch of articles ranging from Cinemalaya 2019, to study places around Katipunan, to microcinemas around the metro, and different steaming sites in the Philippines. The best part was that most of the articles I wrote were topics I chose so I was writing stuff I wanted to write and felt passionate about. For the first time in my life, I had my own large platform to express my opinions and for people to read my work.
I was enjoying my time in Meg but then came to my biggest challenge: writing the August cover story.
When my editor asked me if I wanted to write the cover story, I got scared because it was such a big thing and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for it. The only time I ever interviewed someone for an article were my teachers and classmates. I never interviewed a celebrity before and add to that I’m naturally shy, I felt overwhelmed. But I told myself that I needed to step out of my comfort zone because this is an opportunity that I may never get again so I agreed to do it. I was a bit nervous, but I got to interview my first celebrity and I actually got to write the cover story. Despite my initial apprehension, the cover story turned out well with the help of my editor and I am incredibly proud of myself for doing this.
My internship for Meg is something I won’t forget anytime soon.
People say that when you do something that you love, it doesn’t feel like a job and that was how my internship experience was in Meg. I honestly enjoyed what I did. There is a special feeling of seeing your work be published and having a lot of people read it. I got this sense of accomplishment that I did something I am very proud of. I learned so much like how to write better and did things I thought I would never achieve like writing a cover story for a magazine. To hear my editor tell me that I was a good writer gave me the confidence and validation that I think I needed. It made me feel that maybe, this is what is meant for me to do.
I was able to experience my dream of being a writer for a publication, even if it was just for a short while. My time at Meg made me realize that this is something I could definitely do in the future. I don’t think I’m ready yet, but this internship helped me get there. Thank you to Elyse, Zane, and everyone at Meg for trusting me and making my stay worth it. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my dream and do what I love.