How They Got There: “The Insider’s” Keltie Knight

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Do you ever meet someone with the job you dream about having? Well, one day I stumbled upon Keltie Knight’s web-series “fangirl.” I realized something immediately–I had to start following Knight on social media, and I had to find a way to get that job.

After growing up in Alberta, Canada, Knight moved to New York City to pursue a career in professional dancing. Knight was a Radio City Rockette for six seasons, as well as dancing for the Knicks and the Nets. She’s danced with Beyonce and Taylor Swift—just to name a few—and made a name for herself in the dance world.

Knight’s blog, aprettyheart.com, and web-series “fangirl” garnered the attention she needed. In 2012, Knight became a correspondent and host for CBS’ The Insider. Knight covers red carpets and serves as a weekend host for the show.

After year of experience in both entertainment journalism and dancing—Keltie is sharing how she got there. I had the opportunity to chat with Keltie and get the lowdown on what it takes to be an entertainment host.

Growing up, what did you want to do?

Keltie: Be a ballerina, get out of my town and be a star.

You began your career as a professional dancer; what was the highlight of your experience in the dance world?

Keltie: I think dancing on the MTV VMAs with Taylor Swift because growing up I always watched the VMAs and it seemed like the BEST dancers danced on that stage.

What made you decide to transition your career?

Keltie: Honestly, I just got old. My body started to hurt from 20+ years dancing, and I wasn’t enjoying it the same way.

You were one of the first to really gain traction and national attention through your blog and, later web-series—what advice can you give to people trying to do that right now?

Keltie: I was really just lucky, as someone who started early…it’s really hard to break through now on YouTube or online because there is so much content. I do believe that being yourself and totally authentic can help!

As a correspondent for The Insider, you’re always on the red carpet—how do you prepare for interviewing so many people in such a short time?

Keltie: I study…a lot. Just last week I was at the Grammy’s and it took me the entire flight from NYC to LAX (over 6 hours) to prepare. I Google the stars I know will be there, then I check out their Twitter and Instagram feeds, then I’ll follow their fan sites to see what the fans want to know…I have little note cards for every single star and I study them right up until I walk on the carpet.

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Who has been your favorite celebrity to interview?

Keltie: Obviously, some people I’m just a major fan of…Ed Sheeran, Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani…but I would say that Hugh Jackman is the kindest human around and I always love talking to Ariana Grande because she’s actually hilarious and so real.

How do you feel about internships in the field of entertainment journalism? Should students be doing more?

Keltie: YES! Honestly, where I work we find many of our next employees through them being killer interns. The people who stay late, do more than they should, work extra hard and stand out actually do get hired! I’ve seen many interns be kind of lazy, only do things when they were asked, hang on their phones and no show their smarts- and I always think—WHAT A WASTE.

Lastly, what is the biggest piece of advice you can give to someone who would like to follow your career path?

Keltie: Work on your craft first, a good outfit and nice hair do not make you a expert on camera person, learn your strengths, and work through your weaknesses. I also think start small, I learned so much hosting my digital show that helped me when I was auditioning for TV later, and find people you admire and copy what they do… I look up to other tv stars and practice talking like them, see what they do that makes me laugh…I know I shouldn’t admit that!!!

You can check me out @keltieknight on twitter and instagram! xx

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4 Tips For Finding The Perfect Summer Internship

Despite the spring semester just starting a few weeks ago, the time to search for summer internships is happening right now. Most companies begin looking for summer interns at the beginning of the New Year.

Companies typically offer full-time or paid internships during the summer because students aren’t in school. Whether you’re ready to pack it up and move across the country, or you’re looking for an internship with a local company—you should try these resources.

Try an internship matching website

Internships.com is my go-to internship tool. There are so many awesome options on it. Upload your resume on the site, and you can apply to many internships directly. There are options to sort through paid and unpaid internships, as well as the option to look for virtual internships.

Another great website is Intern Match. It’s pretty similar to Internships.com, there are just some bigger name listings on Intern Match. It also allows you choice listings for both paid and unpaid.

Intern Queen is another great resource. I had the opportunity to work with the Campus Programs Director, Shayna, and the CEO, Lauren, on a campaign I did last semester. The team at Intern Queen is so helpful. Unlike the other two sites, they also feature campus rep positions. These rep positions often allow students to work with well-known and popular brands—an alternative to the typical internship.

Visit your school’s career center

My work-study job last year was actually in the career center. Unfortunately I was way too swamped to go back last semester, but I recommend a visit for all you Suffolk students. For everyone else, visit your school’s website or student center to get in contact with your school’s career center. Many schools have internship advisers whose job is to make sure you find the perfect internship. It’s a free service, and the advisers probably have a network of people they can connect you to.

Be open to the idea of a virtual internship

Last summer I had a “digital” internship, meaning my supervisor would give me work throughout the week and I would complete it online. These internships are definitely geared towards the career paths where computer technology is heavy but if that’s up your alley give these a try. Doing a virtual internship allows you to work any time and with companies around the country. If you’re focused and good with time management, a virtual internship is great if you already have a job for the summer. Internships.com has a large amount of virtual internships listed.

Go to a networking event

Since I’ve moved to DC, I’ve been told roughly 50,000 times that networking is the most important thing I can do in college. If you find yourself with free time, look up professional groups on LinkedIn or in Google. Chances are, there’s a society or professional group for exactly what you’re interested in. These events allow you to meet people working the job you want. Chances are that company needs an intern. Knowing someone makes getting an internship with a company a million times easier.

Make sure to start applying ASAP. Wishing you all the best of luck with the application process. Stay tuned for some more internship tips coming your way weekly!