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HELLO EVERYONE it is I, Lina AKA Luba_DO AKA Lini Dink AKA whatever weird nickname Meghan comes up for me next. It’s been almost 4 years since I entered the burry community and became a little baby intern for Strawburry17. It’s been a crazy 4 years haha.
So much has changed in the past few years, back then I was a girl who had just graduated college and had NO IDEA what she was doing, and now I’m a girl who KINDA knows what she’s doing! Four years ago I had a random job as a homework tutor, but I knew it wasn’t even close to the kind of thing I wanted to do. I had gone to school for theater and my heart was in anything that had to do with production. Another important fact: I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I left to Santa Barbara for college but then moved back to LA to try and pursue my dreams… Man it was tough. I took the tutoring job so I could have money to, you know, live. On the side I auditioned and applied to every theater known to man. I then started looking into internships for production companies. Yeah my background was in theater but I had a lot of skills that could apply to TV and movie production as well! At least I hoped!
Now this was a pretty rough time in my life. I was really lost, had no idea what I was doing with my life and it was a struggle. I was worried I had wasted my 4 years of college on a silly dream. That’s when I really started watching YouTube. I’ve always been a huge gamer, my obsession beginning when I beat my first boss in Half-Life at age 8 (a post for another time), so I was immediately drawn to the Let’s Plays dominating YouTube. These insane people yelling and screaming through the coolest video games was exciting to watch, and of course I fell deeper and deeper into that YouTube hole, as everyone does. And then I discovered Strawburry17.
I stumbled upon Meghan’s Crafting Dead series with Joey and Stacy and thought to myself, “who is this crazy girl who doesn’t know how to drink water in Minecraft and is obsessed with red blocks of wool?” Yeah I was hooked after that. This was also the first time I realized YouTube could actually be a job. Here you have people like Meghan and PewDiePie and Joey Graceffa who make YouTube their living, and it’s not something you go to school to learn either.
So here I am, tutoring crazy kids by day, binge watching YouTube videos by night and constantly questioning what the heck I’m doing with my life. (Real talk: there’s A LOT of pressure to figure out what you’re gonna do with your life after college. Realer talk: NO ONE really knows what they’re gonna do with their life after college.) One night I’m at home in the middle of another YouTube binge watching session when I see Meghan has posted this video:
Well would you look at that? She needs interns, I’ve been looking for internships… I thought to myself why not? Being an intern for a YouTube channel is NOT where I originally thought my life would lead me but I saw it as an opportunity to learn more skills about behind the camera stuff that I didn’t get from my theater background. Plus I thought Meghan was funny and it would be cool to work for her (don’t tell her that).
SO I of course waited until the last day to submit my application, I was constantly going back and forth on whether or not I should actually apply. I’m not sure what it was but I was nervous to fill out that application. Nervous and yet excited because I think even then I knew this would be a big change for me. I think the deadline was in January and that’s when I finally turned my application in. I actually had to submit it twice because the first time my computer reset right when I was finishing up, I had to re-do the WHOLE application. I definitely almost took that as a sign and didn’t submit again.. But I shook off my laziness and did it. Good thing I did, because a week later I got an email saying I was accepted as a trial intern! Wait… TRIAL INTERN WTFSOFJSEFSE?? Yep, I had to prove myself before I officially became apart of Strawburry17. I had one shot, and I almost royally blew it… How did I screw up so badly that I almost didn’t become an intern for Strawburry17, get hired and start an insane 4 year long journey that has lead to where we are now? Well this post is already far too long so that is going to have to be a story for next week. 😉
Luba OUT <3