Do you ever get this from your boss–
“Did you do the this-and-that?”
“This is the first I’ve heard about it.”
“I told you to do it, already!”
It’s surprising how often this happens. Now, I know I have a bad memory, but realistically, which is more likely? You told me to do something and I specifically, consciously ignored your request, or you simply meant to ask me and didn’t get around to saying it out loud?
The worst case, for me, was a time I was shooting on location. My boss came out of the house, looked around the yard, and demanded, “Where’s the hole?”
I thought he was kidding, like, “Somebody put dirt in my hole!”
Everyone, not just us PAs, but everyone, asked, “What the hell are you talking about?”
“I said, ‘Go get the shovel and dig a hole.'”
No one remembered him saying that, but he persisted. He definitely told us. He remembers telling us. He told us, and he just doesn’t understand why we ignored him.
It must have something to do with being a producer, or a boss in general, that you just forget that you’re fallible. I don’t know how else you can believe that you’re right and a half dozen other people are wrong.
How many times can you witness mass hysteria before you have to wonder if there’s something wrong with you?