Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Jib Jab Experience: Nuckin' Futs!

I think I speak for Sarah and myself when I say that this trip to Los Angeles was WAY more that we could have imagined. Our main destination was the Jib JabMedia office in Venice, California, as part of the amazing prize we won to job shadow the creators of JibJab Media. By the end of the trip, we not only learned more about the digital media business, working in the entertainment industry, and living out in Los Angeles,but we got to experience first-hand some of the greatest entertainment shows out there on our trip!

Let me first talk about my Jib Jab experience, because after all, that was the reason I was able to go on this entire trip to begin with! Sarah and I woke up bright and early (5:30am that is) to head over to the office, which apparently is within walking distance of Venice Beach! (not to shabby, right?) We sat down with Jenny, who is the Production Coordinator, responsible for overseeing pretty much every aspect of the videos from start to finish. It sounds like a really great job! Especially for someone like myself who likes to get my hands on a little of everything! Jenny told us how she landed in Los Angeles herself, and I think it further reinforced the notion in Sarah's mind that she NEEDS to be out in Los Angeles for her career!

As for me, I was really intrigued after sitting with Andy, one of the writers for Jib Jab. He talked about how hard it is to come up with new ideas, break into the business and keep things funny. Andy sent out some "specs," or short scripts to different shows with the hope that he can get some episodes under his belt. I love the idea of writing comedies, but I must say that I was a bit discouraged. I'm not sure I'm passionate enough to write and write and write some more, and THEN handle what really seems to be an extremely competitive field of work. But I really would love to write a movie script someday and his advice really made me think with the right attitude, time committment and direction, it could happen!

The folks at Jib Jab treated us to coffee and lunch, and it was at our second Starbucks run that we were able to sit down with Evan, one of the co-creators of Jib Jab. Evan could quite possibly be one of the coolest bosses to ever work for. He has a laid-back attitude, but passionate desire to see the company grow. It really seemed to be a fun dynamic to be around! He really was so humble too, as he joked about he still felt like he's in his Brooklyn garage with his brother, Gregg, where the idea of Jib Jab came about. Evan brings to the table the artistic and web-based knowledge while Gregg, the other co-creator, is more focused on the creative writing and business side of Jib Jab. Those assets really do compliment each other!

Unfortunately that day, we couldn't meet with Gregg, the other half of the brains behind the business, so again, Sarah and I woke up at5:00am to get to the Jib Jab office by 7:00am for an early breakfast with Gregg (who mind you, got in the office at 5:30am!)

When we came in, we saw Evan sleeping on the couch in the break room. He didn't go home that night before! These guys are WORKAHOLICS!

They literally told us they put in about 12hr work days, if not more. So while at breakfast, most of our questions were answered the prior day, butit was interesting to pick the brain of a Wharton School graduate! Sarah and I grilled him on how the company actually profits (which at the moment, it does not!) and gave advice on the best ways to target our demographic for their new features--which aren't targeting those interested in politics like their previous works!

Overall the Jib Jab experience was great. Sarah and I even got to play in front of the green screen where they do the filming for their short videos. I really learned a lot about the business, the future of digital media, and life on the other side of the country. Seeing Gregg on Thursday was well worth it! Not only did he help round out the Jib Jab experience, but after telling him we planned on going to try to get Jay Leno tickets that day, he replied confidently, "I can get you guys tickets!" Little did we know that the tickets he got us were the two best seats in the house--directly in front of Leno when he does his monologue! (We also got to take a poleroid with Leno prior to the start of the show after being called up to the stage!) Seeing Jay Leno was one of MANY incredible stories that happened out there! But our time at Jib Jab really was an incredible experience.
I wish I could find a job that allows me to be as passionate about my work as both Evan and Gregg are about Jib Jab!


Blogger Joey Infortuno said...

Nice post! Sounds like you had a great time... Thank you for your kind words here, the pleasure was ours =) -- JibJab Team

June 1, 2007 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Sarah & Brooke said...

thanks joey! you too were very helpful and informative. i should have known you would be seeing this blog since you caught it the first time around! thanks for the support! it was a lot of fun there!

June 1, 2007 at 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Andy Ochiltree (JibJab) said...

A little bit late but I just wanted to say thanks for the props! It was great meeting you guys.

June 14, 2007 at 11:23 AM  

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