I recently got very lucky and was able to finagle my way out of the mail room and into a sweet PA job on the lot. I have been scouring IMDB to find the origins of all of my producers, show runners, directors, A.D.s, etc, and none of them have any experience listed before they got to the level of “line producer.” Even the writers lack any listings before their first writing gig. Why do you think this is? Typical Hollywood -I -was -born -into -greatness BS, or should we take a page from their book and hide our true job titles when out of the office or off the set?
I’ve noticed this as well. There is certainly an element of pride. These guys aren’t going to add PA experience from the 70s to their IMDb page.
A larger part, though, is just that they’re old. IMDb was only just getting going when I was in college. While IMDb still doesn’t have all of my credits, it has a lot of them, including work on shows I’m embarrassed to admit I worked on.
If/when I someday become a famous writer, those credits will stay there. I’m probably at the vanguard of filmmakers whose entire career, from PA to producer, will be available for all to see. Thus is life in the internet age.