I’m living up in Oregon at the moment, trying to work out how get down to LA and really dive into the job hunt for a paying PA gig. Recently, however, it was announced that a cable TV show is relocating to Oregon and, from what I’ve heard, production is supposed to start in April.
I sent my resume to the email address that was listed on the official Oregon Film site about two weeks ago, as well as a follow up email about a week after that. Still haven’t heard back.
I know they’re probably getting inundated with emails, especially since all of the local news programs are really pushing the fact that this is bringing a lot of jobs to the area, and that it’s unrealistic to expect them to contact me right away.
How long should I wait before accepting that they’re just never going to call or email me back? And should I keep emailing once a week to check in, or is that too excessive? Thanks.
A number of questions come to mind. Do you know who it is you’re emailing? Is it the production coordinator? The APOC? Some dummy address that no one ever checks?
Does the Oregon film commission list a phone number, as well? Calling the production office can be a better way to make an impression on the coordinator or AD. Emails are easily ignored.
When does the show start filming? Once production starts, turn over is pretty low, unless things are going horribly, horribly wrong (in which case, you probably wouldn’t want to work on that show, anyway). There’s no sense in continually emailing if they’re already shooting.
To be honest, though, we’re talking about the only show in town, here. Between the office and the set, they’ll probably hire a half dozen PAs. It doesn’t sound like you have a lot of production experience, either. Your odds of being hired strike me as fantastically small.
A better choice, in both the long and the short term, might be to just move to Los Angeles immediately. Pilots are starting up already, and picks ups will be announced soon thereafter. That’s a lot of shows, and a lot better chances of getting yourself a job.