I am a theatrical PA and have been for the past several years and have a degree in stage management…but I’m looking to leave the theatrical world behind and move into the film world. I feel like I’m running into constant roadblocks due to my entire (ENTIRE) resume being theatre related and it seems like I’m getting shuffled to the bottom of the pile because of it.
Bad news, K. Those roadblocks aren’t gonna get any easier. Most people hiring PAs aren’t gonna be interested in the fact that you ASM’d Equus off-Broadway. Essentially, you’ve got to start at the bottom. That means working on no-budget and low-budget projects. You’ve got to make those contacts all the way at the bottom – the very bottom – in order to work your way back up.
It wasn’t a complete waste. I’m sure you gained important skills that will come in handy in movies and TV, but in all honesty, switching from theater to film is like switching from medical school to law school. Is it possible? Of course. Are there aspects of the former that will come in handy in the latter? Of course. Does one have anything to do with the other? Uhhh… no.
And now, some inspirational words from someone far more talented than I: