It has been a year since I finished my internship at the RSC, and my life has taken new exciting directions since. I was an intern the RSC at a time in which I was still very unsure on how to proceed after my studies at University College Roosevelt: while the liberal arts education that UCR offered was perfect to suit my broad interests, it left me with the possibility of different career paths, and I have always found choices to be hard.
Spending some time as an intern at the RSC made something very clear: a career in the academic world was not cut for me. While I consider the work of researchers, at the RSC and all over the world, very valuable, and I remain fascinated by historical research myself, I wanted to do something more practical, and output something creative into the world. For a long time, I have had an interest in films and filmmaking, which I had tried to foster during my time at UCR by making short films and other videos with fellow students (as a certain RSC staff member surely remembers, having once participated as a very convincing extra). I decided to turn this passion into a profession, and since September I moved to London to pursue an MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School, one of the world’s best film schools.
My internship at the Roosevelt Study Center took place at a crossroad in my life, and even though I did not go down the path of American Studies, I will surely always keep feeling a connection with the study of American history and with all the other topics that can spark one’s curiosity at the RSC. It is perhaps not a coincidence that one of the very first small exercises I made at the LFS could count on, quite coincidentally, a truly exceptional and familiar character: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While I am not sure if I should be happy for this exercise (which you can see below) to be representative of my work so far, I hope you can have a good laugh while watching it, which was the purpose all along.