Missing the Warm Weather

By Ben Abrams

As expected, leaving the warm, sunny environment of Los Angeles in favor of cold, dreary New York wasn’t exactly something I was looking forward to. However, with our final day complete, it was sadly time to leave beautiful L.A. and head home… but not before things got interesting.

Let’s back up for a minute.

It’s Friday, January 18th. After spending some quality time at The Grove, we headed over to Real Time with Bill Maher, this time to see the actual taping of the show. We were all excited for the final activity on our last day. I had never been to the taping of a comedy show before, so this was certainly something new!

Then, after the show’s taping was over, and our Q&A with the director was complete, we headed back to the bus to finally relax and turn on our phones (they told us to leave them on the bus during the show).

That’s when we got the news: our flight home had been cancelled.

Ah… lovely.

Now, to be fair, spending an extra day in Los Angeles wasn’t exactly a vacation deal-killer for me. I’m a warm-weather kind of guy, so I was relaxed and totally fine with whatever came my way.

The trip chauffeurs, on the other hand, did not share my laid-back view, for understandable reasons. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end, as Dean Marlowe was able to book us another flight home. Phew!

There are so many wonderful things I could say about this trip, from the meetings, to the sights, to the aforementioned sunny weather. All of it was, without a doubt, the makings for endless conversations and possible professional connections.

We met some incredibly smart, driven people during the course of this trip. We got a sneak peak into what the world of professional entertainment (and news, mind you!) is really like. Most of all, we carved new pathways into our own futures, now filled with even more possibilities. For that, I cannot be more grateful.

However, what really made this trip so fantastic? I’ll tell you: the crazy-talented college kids.

Well, more like young adults!

I can’t thank this group of wonderful people enough for keeping me entertained for the entire trip. I made so many connections through our formal meetings with industry professionals in L.A., but our professors were quick to give us some much-needed advice: the really important connections we’ll make in the industry are the ones we forge in our early days. They were most certainly talking about people like these.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for being such wonderful trip pals. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of young professionals to ride along in a bus with for 10 days.

Every single person on this trip inspired me to seek out more, to ask more of myself, and to show my absolute best 100% of the time. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this group of wacky, brilliant, inspiring people are going to do amazing things later on down the road. It was a privilege to see them just as they began their journeys forward.

If anyone out there is wondering what the next generation of media professionals is going to look like, I have your answer right here. They’re smart, driven, hard-working, endlessly creative, and ready to take on the world.

The future is bright, and it’s all thanks to these wonderful goons.

They’re nothing less than the best.

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