The following summer, I moved up to a rad gig at Paramount Studios. I also babysat for an important person over there and thus was granted a phenomenal gig at the burgeoning new business on the studio lot..... Paramount Digital Entertainment. I was there at the start of StarTrek.com, EntertainmentTonight.com and Clueless.com! It was 1997.
I showed up on my first day wearing a red dress and earned the moniker, Summers Reddress (an ode to VIACOM Chairman Sumner Redstone) and have started most jobs and had most important meetings in a red (or other brightly colored) dress since. I cannot believe that was 16 years ago.
The next summer I worked at the actual series Entertainment Tonight and was such an annoyingly optimistic know-it-all intern ended up being unknowingly parodied in a film I produced thirteen years later.
Back then I knew I wanted to inspire people by telling stories using this wild and crazy new thing called the Internet. Back then, I believed in fairy tales.
I'm now Facebook friends with my former bosses, the kids I babysat for and their parents. Now I use the internet to inspire people by telling stories. Now, I still believe in fairy tales.
So that's why it is my incredible honor this week to share our latest episode of Inspiration Inc with the ever mystical Zhena Muzyka as she interviews the fascinating, outstanding, playful, ass kicking 27 year old movie exec turned CEO Shara Senderoff - who might just be combining all those things I love most - Internships, Fairy Tales and Inspiration.