Yesterday, we had a table read (meaning the actors read the script in front of the producers and network executives). The only thing you need to bring to a table read is your script.
Guess what the director didn’t bring.
Besides his script, I was also told to grab his bag. In his office, he had three bags.
Something happens to directors, producers, and various other important people after a while. Everyone around them is so concerned with taking care of the details and eliminating distractions, these above-the-line types forget how to take care of themselves. Someone’s always there to tell them where they have to be, and when, and what they’ll be doing there. They don’t have to think for themselves.
Oddly, it sounds a lot like being a PA, only they get paid a lot more.