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Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 8.41.22 AM1. Steven Spielberg The prolific producer began an unofficial internship with Universal Studios when he was 17 years old. Spielberg continually snuck onto the studio lot (he wasn’t granted access) and networked with directors, even creating a short film that found its way into executives’ hands. Universal heads were so impressed that they offered him a seven-year contract. The rest is history.

2. Conan O’Brien Funnyman O’Brien discussed his time interning for Barney Frank at the House of Representatives during an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” episode. He says he didn’t pursue politics because, “I didn’t want to work my way up.”

3. Tom Hanks Before he was a movie star, Hanks was a college kid interning for the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He obtained stage confidence and a wealth of theater production experience. The internship turned into a three-year gig … in which the actor would drop out of college (no longer needing formal theater education).

4. Oprah Winfrey The famed TV host got her start at WLAC-TV, a CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tenn. She did such a stellar job delivering the news that the program brought her on fulltime as an anchor-reporter. In true Oprah fashion, the philanthropist became the first African-American female news anchor.

5. Tom Ford Jay Z’s favorite designer studied architecture before taking a Parisian internship with Chloe. From there, Ford moved to Gucci where he became the line’s creative director. The dapper fashion icon opened a store in 2005 and has since created fragrances, cosmetics, accessories and clothing for his own label.

6. Brooke Shields, the child model and actress once had an internship at the San Diego Zoo.

7. John Krasinski Before he was Jim Halpert, Krasinski served as a script intern on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”!

8. Spike Lee The controversial director worked at Columbia Pictures after receiving a mass communications degree at Morehouse.

9. Betsey Johnson The cartwheeling designer was always into fashion. Case in point — Johnson interned with Mademoiselle magazine as a teen.

10. Jodie Foster Despite being an Academy Award-winning actress, Foster took on a summer internship at Esquire in 1982. It turns out the job’s 9-to-5 lifestyle wasn’t for her.

11. Chloe Sevigny Sevigny cultivated her chic roots in Manhattan, where she was taken on as a summer intern at Sassy magazine.

12. Lauren Conrad LC was already a reality TV household name from “Laguna Beach.” During filming of “The Hills,” she famously interned with Teen Vogue while attending FIDM. She’s since launched clothing lines, beauty websites and solidified herself as a fashion icon.

13. Anderson Cooper The Silver Fox interned with the CIA as a 19-year-old. Sounds pretty neat to us. However, Cooper didn’t think so. He called the experience “actually pretty bureaucratic and mundane,” and “by the end of the second summer, I realized it was not a place I wanted to work after college.”

14. Mindy Kaling Add Kaling to the list of comedians who got their start at “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Apparently she wasn’t the best intern …

15. Bill Gates The computer wiz and philanthropist had interests outside the tech world. Gates worked as a Congressional page at age 17.

16. Sean “Diddy” Combs was always a hustler. The media mogul begged rapper Heavy D to put him in contact with NYC’s Uptown Records. The company’s executive, Andrew Harrell, gave Diddy an internship (which he worked while also studying at Howard University in D.C.).

17. Steve Jobs Last but not least, the computer genius called Hewlett-Packard president William Hewlett to “ask for parts for a high school project.” Hewlett gave Jobs the necessary equipment as well as a summer internship with his company. This was where Jobs met Steve Wozniak.

Source: Huffington Post

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Paul Iannacchino, former rapper turned filmmaker, just finished production on his indie documentary, Adult Rappers. The film will feature some of hip-hop’s lesser-known artists discussing life after hip hop, and how much of the time an artist has to be a hyphenate in order to hold on to their dream. Checkout trailer below:

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Reports are emerging that the The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photo staff.

According to The Chicago Tribune, 20 full-time staffers in the photo department received layoff notices Thursday. In a statement shared with its chief competitor, the Sun-Times said it was looking to shift more resources to video and other multimedia elements:

The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.” Read More

Hostess’ advisers will soon begin to shut down the company’s 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers, headquarted in Irving, TX. The vast majority of its 18,300 employees will be laid off, according to the company.

As part of the liquidation process, Hostess is also moving to sell off its iconic portfolio of treats. Such brands often find a second home after bankruptcy, often with companies specializing in intellectual property.

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CNNMoney set out to find America’s Best Jobs this year, first and foremost they looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities. Another big factor: how well the job pays, since being able to make a good living is especially important now.

CNNMoney also incorporated data from compensation experts PayScale.com’s survey of more than 120,000 workers. Employees ranked their jobs on quality-of-life factors such as stress, flexibility, satisfaction and how they feel their job affects the world. Ease of entering the field also was considered.  Checkout the full list after the jump.

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CNNMoney— Believe it or not, a place exists where companies are hiring like crazy, and you can make $15 an hour serving tacos, $25 an hour waiting tables and $80,000 a year driving trucks.
You just have to move to North Dakota. Specifically, to one of the tiny towns surrounding the oil-rich Bakken formation, estimated to hold anywhere between 4 billion and 24 billion barrels of oil.

Oil companies have only recently discovered ways to tap this reserve. And along with the manpower needed to extract the oil, the town is now scrambling to find workers to support the new rush of labor. Read More

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