Ever wondered what it would be like to intern for one of your favourite celebrities? Well, one lucky fan got that exact opportunity.
22-year-old University of Calgary graduate Negele Hospedales got the chance to become Chance the Rapper’s intern for the summer.
“Ya, I got to know him pretty well,” Hospedales told the Calgary Eyeopener about his time working with the rapper. Hospedales got the chance to intern for him after Chance tweeted about looking for an intern for the summer.
For his application, Hospedales made a website that was sure to catch Chance’s eye. Called “Chance Hire Hospey”, the site showed off his qualifications and experience. The site eventually went viral and caught the attention of Chance.
“There wasn’t really much that was told to me beforehand. I just kind of showed up and said, ‘Ya, I’m willing to work here,'” he said.
“I got off work as a bartender in this awesome little music bar on Bondi Beach where I was working at the time, and had a text message from Chance that literally read, ‘how are you’ — not the type of message you expect to get from your favorite rapper at 3 a.m.” Hospedales explained. After he got the text, he flew to San Francisco and began working for Chance.
Hospedales became the communications intern for Chance. This wasn’t any regular internship, as you probably expected, and he got to live the tour life with the rapper, while working hard. With surprise visits from Dave Chappelle to going to Bonnaroo, Hospedales got to work and play.
“You know, it’s definitely fun … it’s tour life,” Hospedales said. “It’s good that I was around a good group of guys … they’re not too crazy, so it was a nice way to ease into my first tour.”
For Hospedales, the opportunity was life changing and he learned so much. “There is a real reason why Chance the Rapper will be on top for a long time to come. As a 22-year-old, this internship taught me a lot of things that I didn’t know I needed to know.”