Birthdays are always fun on set. My birthday, a few weeks ago, was a workday this year. There were cake and balloons and singing and all that good stuff.
For the DP. Whose birthday was the same as mine. The best I got was, “Hey, isn’t it your birthday, too?”
Whenever balloons or flowers or whatever came in, my boss was like, “Hey, Anonymous, wanna bring this to set?” Yippee! I get to carry around birthday balloons… for someone else.
When the cake rolled out, I got the slice with his name on it. It tasted like tears.
I get it, though. Really. He’s a department head, I’m a PA. It’s fine. But then…
But then! The producer’s assistant’s birthday was just the other day. He got a cake and a song and balloons.
Someone said, “But he’s the producer’s assistant.” Not a production assistant. It’s a big difference.
Another item for the Thing That Will Change When I’m In Charge file– No cakes, no singing, no merriment of any kind.