I am wondering what my resume should look like if I have absolutely ZERO experience in the entertainment/PA world.
My background is in fashion, I have worked only in theatrical works (some stage managing). I really don’t want my resume to sink my ship. I’m a great ass-kisser and do-good-er, but can’t put that in there.
Let’s imagine, for a moment, that Katie is the captain of a ship. The ship is called Her Career. Right now, Her Career is still in berth. She’s making sure that it’s seaworthy. The last thing she wants is to get out there on the open ocean and realize she doesn’t have a propeller or sails or any of the other things that ships need. (I know nothing about boats.)1
But the problem is, no matter how much paint Katie puts on Her Career, it just isn’t seaworthy yet. This is tough for anybody to realize, whether they’re fresh out of film school or recently transplanted from another industry (i.e. fashion).
If your resumé is so thin as to be non-existent, then no amount of fluff is going to get you a job based on that piece of paper… unless you flat-out lie (which I wouldn’t recommend). What Katie needs is to go out and meet people – the kind of people who can give her a job.
Where do these legendary people exist? They’re everywhere.
If Katie puts it in her head that she wants an entertainment job and then goes out and hustles and bargains her way around town, she’ll find one. It might not be great, but it might lead to another. And another. And another. Before you know it, Katie will have a five picture deal at Warner Bros.
It sounds so easy, but it’s not. If you’re an aspiring PA in Katie’s situation, then you need to make it your 30-hour/week job to find a job. I’ll say that again.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE EXPERIENCE, THEN “FINDING A JOB” HAS TO BECOME YOUR FULL-TIME JOB.
Exhaust your fashion contacts. Exhaust your parents’ phone books. Even if your parents live in Duluth, they’ve got to play bingo with someone who went to college with someone whose son is the 2nd 2nd AD on FINAL DESTINATION 7. Get a job at a Starbucks in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, or Century City and get chatty with every customer on a Bluetooth. Drive around L.A. and ass-kiss yourself onto film sets. (Apparently, Katie is very good at ass-kissing.)
Are any of these a slam dunk guarantee? No. If they were, then everyone would be doing it. But as I’ve said before, Hollywood is an industry that prides itself on idiosyncratic “big break” stories, so why shouldn’t Katie’s be any different?
- In retrospect, this may not have been the best metaphor to go with.↩