Byline: William Boyd
Sophomore William Kervick spent his Halloween weekend migrating from Queens' campus to SouthPark Mall and the Charlotte Epicenter asking random women whether they were interested in trying out for a show on Oxygen television network.
On Nov 3, sophomore Leah Tsiabassis spent the entire day helping a television producer (who once produced MTV's "The Real World") complete necessary casting tasks.
After stumbling upon this internship opportunity in class, Kervick and Tsiabassis searched the Charlotte area to find women suitable for the cast of the hit cable series, The Bad Girls Club. Not only did they meet wannabe celebrities, they networked with important television producers and network employees.
The Bad Girls Club is a show about seven women constantly bickering and fist-fighting with one another while cohabitating in a large mansion. The typical bad girl is usually one with a short temper and an inflated self-image.
Dr. John McArthur informed them of the paid internship after their bi-weekly Integrated Strategic Communication course, a class both students took in Fall 2011. Both students sent McArthur their resume and cover letter so it could be forwarded to network employee Margaret Morales.
Each of the three nights, Kervick was required to find ten women interested in appearing on the show. He says, "I walked up to women and asked them questions like 'What makes you a bad girl?', 'What type of people don't you get along with?' so I could get a summary of what they are like."
Although Tsiabassis's responsibilities differed, she still contributed to the casting process. "My job title was producer's assistant. I checked in 130 people at Ed's Tavern and sat them down in groups of ten for their group interviews with the producer."
The expansive variety of women Kervick and Tsiabassis encountered stood out as the most memorable part their experiences. Kervick often came across women who were offended when asked if they were interested because of the show's negative reputation. One applicant gave a mixtape of her own originally recorded music to Tsiabassis, leaving her amused but unsure of what to do with the music compilation.
Tsiabassis networked with the producer and news reporters while fulfilling her given duties. She met a local Fox News reporter and exchanged contact information with hopes of earning another internship.
Kervick hopes the weekend-long opportunity leads to a summer internship program with the network. "Film has always been a passion, and I'm always looking for opportunities. They have another internship during the summer I'm going to look into but that one will be in Los Angeles."