Kiwi making Ellen happen
Fabian Anderson grew up watching Ellen from his couch in Murupara.
Now he’s about to start an internship with the American talk show host.
‘‘A Maori boy from Murupara is doing alright to be an intern on Ellen,’’ Anderson says.
January will mark a year since the 21 year old moved to Los Angeles to complete his business and cinema studies at the University of Southern California.
He took some time to adapt to the culture and settle into his studies, but realised that getting an internship was an important step in America.
So he wrote an essay for the Ellen show as to why he should be an intern.
‘‘I decided I may as well go big. You know, go big or go home.’’
Being a Kiwi is what Anderson believes set him apart from the crowd.
‘‘I didn’t shine out because I was me, I shone because I was a Kiwi.
‘‘We take risks, we are not shy and we are not calculated, we are open with a can do attitude’’
Anderson credits growing up in Murupara and Rotorua as helping shape who he is.
He was surrounded by a diverse group of people living diverse lives.
‘‘If you wanted to do something big, you have to be quite strong minded.
‘‘If I didn’t grow up in Murupara, I wouldn’t be here.’’
And he is proud to be ‘‘100 per cent Maori’’.
‘‘I didn’t realise how much it would mean to me and others to be Maori and doing this kind of thing. But it’s pretty cool to be doing something positive.’’
‘‘It’s exciting but I’m nervous.’’
Murupara man Fabian Anderson has got an internship with Ellen.
Ellen DeGeneres hosting her show Ellen.