School of Communication & Journalism

Griffin Holmes: Toy Museum

Real Work for Griffin Holmes (MDIV) at the Toy Museum of New York

My internship has involved working with the Toy Museum of New York. It is a theater company that puts on shows about and revolving around toys from throughout both history and the world. There is an educational element to it as the character in the show teach small children about sharing, understanding, and developing skills to interact with others. Soon, the theater production will be moving from the stage to a televised production. My job has been to assist in the filming and editing of video content for the first three episodes that will air locally in and around the New York City area.

I got connected with the Toy Museum through an old friend of mine I met through a young filmmaker’s forum nearly a decade ago. He and I kept in touch via Facebook. I had an interest in coming to New York, so I reached out to him about companies he had worked with (he’s a professional puppeteer) and he got me in touch with them. I’ve heard through many people that connections will get you a lot of places, and in my case, it did. If you know anyone that works professionally in your area of interest, don’t be afraid to reach out to them and have them point you in the right direction.

The most important thing I’ve learned while working for the group has been to never be discouraged when something doesn’t go to plan. We did a test run of the first episode for an audience, and feedback was good, but not great. We went back to the drawing board with the feedback, reshot, and now have a better version that has tested very positively. While this has been fun, it has not been without a certain amount of stress, too. My supervisor encouraged me to take time on weekends to explore the city, and in some cases, it helped me clear my head enough so I could come back and knock out issues in the editing booth.

I think that when you’re in a new place, it is important to get to know those around you. Not just in a professional sense, but in a social one as well. I have regularly hung out with some of the performers in the company, and gotten wonderful insight into how they got where they are, as well as their inspiration for character portrayals. It encouraged me to ask if I could try some ideas for characters on camera, and sure enough, they’ve let me perform a few background characters.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that your dream career is just a hobby. If you put enough time and effort into it, people will recognize it and make sure you get where you need to go.






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Ric Smith

Prof. Ric Smith

School of Communication & Journalism
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Last Updated: July 26, 2018