Monday, March 30, 2009

Troma Update!

This past Friday afternoon I entered a tiny unassuming building with no sign out front and walked out five minutes later with an internship gig at the home of Citizen Toxie, Troma Entertainment. It's been quite a busy weekend (Happy Birthday one last time, Jen) and thus I haven't had any time to post about this yet, so lets get into it!

My interview was scheduled for 4pm but Jen and I decided to make the most out of a trip to the city and head into Queens for the day to check out her old stomping grounds. We ate at her favorite pizza place in the city, New Park Pizza (i'm with her on this one), checked out her very first job locale, paid the mall a visit, and even peeped the home she grew up in. It was a very fun day all around but I can't help but feel I would have enjoyed it even more if I wasn't so overcome with nervous anxiety about the impending Troma interview. I tend to work myself up way too much over even the smallest of things and essentially ruin the whole day over a five minute portion of it. I've found that waiting for things is often times the worst part. Once ya get over the wait, it's never as bad as you imagined it. That being said, I still needed a pre interview man sized Blue Moon to get me in the mood, so we hit up Applebee's before jetting off to Long Island City for the interview.

And this is where we arrive at that small building. I get buzzed in, walk up the steps and meet Evan, the intern coordinator, who introduces me to the rest of the crew (editor and what not) and then takes both Jen and I on a tour of the building. Lloyd Kaufman isn't in but we check out the DVD and film print storage areas and the various other rooms in the place, which are all chock full of memorabilia and screen used props familiar to Troma fans like myself. Along the tour we talk about what I will be doing as an intern and coordinate how many days a week i'll be able to do it. Considering the trek out to Long Island City will be approx. 3 1/2 hours to and from, I propose that I come out there once a week and the dude was incredibly understanding and said that'd be perfect. They were really only looking for people to come in 2-3 days a week anyway, so it all works out pretty well. I also told him about the blogging and writing I do and he seemed very excited about that given the fact that Troma is currently looking for help in those departments. Writing product descriptions and helping with internet marketing, that sort of thing. So we essentially worked out a deal where I come in one day a week and do some online work from home for them another day of the week, or whenever I have free time basically. After this brief conversation and tour, Evan left me with a handshake, a job, and told me to e-mail him sometime over the weekend with a date I can start and the day of the week i'd be able to come in every week, and we were off. That feeling of accomplishment felt pretty damn good and I will be honest in saying it's not a feeling i've experienced too often in my life. Of course it only lasts for a good hour or so, but I was flying pretty high for that hour.

So when do I start? The day of the week that I chose which I think will be the best for me is Wednesday and I start in two days! I really have no idea what that day will bring but i'm pretty excited about it and also kinda nervous due to the fact that i've never made the trek out there by train (Jen drove us in on Friday), so I hope I can find my way there because I won't have Jen by my side to navigate me. I guess I must become a man and head out into the big city alone!

So ya, the whole thing went about as well as it could've gone and this should be a good experience all around. All the guys over there seem to be incredibly nice and i'm looking forward to working with all of them. And you guys benefit from this too! Every Wednesday night (or Thursday afternoon, depending on my level of tiredness) you'll have a full rundown of my day at Troma to look forward to! It's a win win situation for all!

For now, it's more waiting....

Oh by the way, I just noticed that you can instantly watch most of Troma's library (Toxie 1-4, Terror Firmer, Tromeo and Juliet, Class of Nuke 'Em High) on Netflix, which i'm pretty thankful for. Time to play some catch up!


Bjornabo said...

Congratulations... Well deserved!

Sauceman said...

Congrats guy....Going to be a great experience...Cant wait to read updates!

Zach said...

Sounds great buddy! Good luck and hope you enjoy it!

Brad said...

Oh I'll be reading the updates tbh.

Congrats on doing something with your life!

Cins said...

Woo hoo! Congrats!

Bearded Weirdo Reviews said...


Congratulations. Troma rocks!

Gwen said...

Congrats, Johnny! That's great news. It all sounds very exciting!

"I tend to work myself up way too much over even the smallest of things and essentially ruin the whole day over a five minute portion of it." I'm like that as well.

thebonebreaker said...

Awesome News Johnny!