Running the same train if thought as political hires, I recall a specific event that happened on a previous gig that hammered home how unfair it all is.
I was working as a PA in the post department on a major studio film (can’t say which but when I mean big I mean summer blockbuster behemoth big). Our department currently had two PAs including yours truly and they wanted a third to run the front desk.
First they filled the position with an intern but soon abandoned that when they realized there needed to be someone there full time, so the position opened up.
Knowing the position was open I submitted to the producer the resumes for a few friends of mine who were desperately looking for work along with my highest recommendations. These people were incredibly qualified: film graduates from USC with plethoras of credits. One had even worked at that particular studio before and was entirely familiar with the people and the layout.
After some time the position was filled… by a Brazilian communications graduate (female) who wished to work in journalism (not the movies). She was nice enough but had absolutely no knowledge or interest in film production or the business. Apparently she was previous friends with the producer and he wanted to help her out. Three days later she was gone; her visa didn’t allow her to work legitimately for the studio. Since we needed this third person I returned to his office and reminded him he had good available candidates on his desk, but of course I couldn’t help but wonder why the producer didn’t check the girl’s visa status before hiring her.
The PA position remained open another two weeks until the third time it was filled. A young woman barely 20 was hired. Though she looked like she could walk the runway in Paris she was pretty much a space cadet and somehow studying for a law degree. It was difficult to rely on her for anything complicated or that required knowledge of computers despite this being, well, Post. Eventually I asked her how she got the job. She replied that the producer walked in on her bartending shift and after talking for some time he liked her enough to offer her this. She didn’t even have to interview. Two weeks later she bailed, reportedly citing that it was “too much work” ( I have no idea what she was expecting).
So the position was once again opened, but was it ever filled again? Nope. They never did get a 3rd PA.
So take my word for it. Here’s high level proof. Even at the top levels where the most is at stake, neither your degree, your awards, nor your resume will be enough next to the flirty model beside you.
I better go take a shower; I’m a tad bloody after shooting myself in the head.