Watch Out, Late-Night Television…I’m Coming for You!


By Mia Wallace

June 9, 2016

If you asked me what I wanted to do in the future this time last year, it would have been a very confused and ambiguous answer “maybe journalism”. I truly had no set passion or plan. At the beginning of this school year, I decided to change my major to advertising — as yet another “I guess I’ll try this out now” type of thing — and found that I really loved it. But I still didn’t know what it exactly I wanted to do in advertising.


This year, though, a really sad but kind of life-affirming thing happened. I went through a break-up and was really depressed for a long time and to my surprise, one of the only things that made me happy was watching Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show before I would go to bed. When I would watch his show I would forget about how sad and miserable my life was at the moment and I would just be smiling from ear to ear and it made this part of me click into place and I finally realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to work on a TV show that made people laugh when they were feeling down and forget for a little bit of time about all the issues going on in their lives. I obviously know I’m not the type of personality to be able to do that myself but I want to work behind the screen and help with the management and background work that makes it possible for that certain type of personality, like Conan, to be able to change someone’s day. CONAN showed me that there is a whole force behind the show that isn’t lights, camera, and action but office cubicles and desks, which oddly enough is where I want to be. I want to be an unsung late night hero who helps the star be a star and make all these millions of fan happy.


Going behind the set of Loose Women today only seemed to affirm for me that television is where I want to be. Every day is a new adventure and task and I want that. I don’t want to be miserable at a job that is the same day in and day out. Even if I am at a cubicle at a television show, it will still always be a new and different day with new people and new content. I know how hard it is to get to television but listening to the producer and production team talk about how much they love it there and how amazing it is, makes me know and accept that I will work my ass off to get there.


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