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You Have It. Use it.

Not pictured: a PA.
Not pictured: a PA.

I can’t tell you how many times a day people call the office and ask to be connected to some other department. Or a department head rings because he can’t remember his own department’s extension. Or someone on set calls to be connected to someone else… who is also on set.

I always want to tell people, “You have a crew list! I know, because I gave it to you. Use it.”

I mean, if the costume buyer is in the car, and needs to talk to the prop person about coordinating the character’s dress with her gun, then fine, sure, I understand that you don’t have the property department on speed dial.

But if you’re sitting at your desk, in your office, please, please, please pull out your crew list and look the person up. That’s exactly what I do when you call me.

The worst, though, is when one of the producers calls for his assistant’s cell. How little respect must you have for someone who basically runs your life, that you can’t even program her number into your phone?

Then again, maybe his assistant just hasn’t programed her number into the boss’s phone. Which, really, might be for the best.

I live in fear of my boss doing this.
I live in fear of my boss doing this.

 

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