I’m a soon-to-be college grad, and I’m planning on moving out to LA this summer. I was wondering who it is I should be contacting to get a PA position? People have told me numerous positions like the AD and the UPM, but I don’t know who I really should be getting in contact with. The place I’m interning at right now has a film in pre-production that should start filming this summer, and I’d like to ask my supervisor for a recommendation for a PA position, but I think I’d best know who exactly it is I should have him send it to!
Getting a job on a movie or TV show is not the same as getting a job at a bank or law firm. People don’t write (or read) letters of recommendation, like you seem to be imagining. Usually, it’s a matter of someone (your boss, in this case) saying to someone else, “Hey, are you hiring? I’ve got a guy who needs a job.”
If the production company you’re already interning at is making a movie, parlaying that internship into a PA job should be relatively easy. Just ask your boss to recommend you to the AD or production coordinator. They’ll most likely listen to the company that’s paying the bills, after all.
Which one he recommends you to really depends on what kind of position you want. The production coordinator hires the office PAs, while the AD (or 2nd AD) hires the set PAs. (The UPM rarely hires production assistants, unless it’s a really, really small show.)
Congratulations on graduating!