With an office location on Sunset Blvd. and clients like Will Ferrell and January Jones, Kelley Hartmann ’16 is living the “California dream” this summer. Hartmann is spending her summer in West Hollywood, Calif. interning with Luke Esselen ’11 at Mosaic Media Group.
“It’s so different than anything I’ve ever done before,” says Hartmann, an English and media and society double major. “The whole Hollywood scene is still so bizarre to me, but if you want to be in entertainment, this is really where you have to be.”
Mosaic Media Group, Inc. is a talent management firm that represents some of Today’s biggest comedy stars, such as Will Ferrell, Amy Schumer, Daniel Tosh, Chris Pratt, Judd Apatow and Jim Carey. The company also works to produce movies with their clients, and has produced blockbuster hits such as “Elf,” “Talladega Knights,” and “Step Brothers.”
Hartmann came across the internship opportunity after meeting with Esselen on the Colleges’ Los Angeles Experience Program in January. The trip is offered to Los Angeles and New York City by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development in conjunction with the Media and Society Department and gives students the opportunity to meet with alums working in the media industry.
“I can’t imagine that a lot of schools take their students on trips to L.A. to meet other alums,” Hartmann says. “I really think that having the connection with HWS has been so exponentially helpful with this internship.”
After receiving an email from Esselen about the internship opportunity, Hartmann says she knew it was an opportunity she just couldn’t pass up. She applied in March, and says her persistence paid off. “I just really wanted to come out here,” she says.
She says her day-to-day tasks vary, but her favorite thing to do is work on script coverage. Coverage consists of writing a “log line,” which is a one line sentence on what the story is about; a longer and more in depth synopsis; and a character breakdown that gives descriptions of how old a character is, what they look like, and what they do for a living.
However it’s interactions with co-workers and working in the Hollywood environment that are also giving her a taste of what it takes to make it in one of the hardest industries to break into.
“Sitting in on mentorship lunches with executives is one of the coolest things I’ve done,” Hartmann says. “I just like listening to them talk and to hear all of them say how they got to where they are. It’s all so different, but they all started from the bottom and worked their way up.”
Though not quite as exciting as the firsthand learning experiences she’s garnering throughout her time in Hollywood, Hartmann attributes much of her knowledge and preparation for the internship to her classes at HWS. In particular she says a film history class was most useful because it helped her to realize “how much effort and specificity directors put into their movie.”
After HWS, Hartmann is confident that she’d like to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. For now, Hartmann is taking advantage of her time in Hollywood and enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can only happen in the entertainment capital of the world.