I’m fresh out of college, I’ve worked a few unpaid PA gigs here and there, but today I almost got a five day gig at Day Rate! The problem came when I was asked if I had a smart phone. I said I have a older cell phone, I have a GPS, and I have an ipod touch with WI-Fi. I lost the gig because they wanted me to be able to get onto the internet at any time.
Will I have to look forward to losing a lot of jobs because I don’t have a smart phone? I don’t understand why a PA needs a smart phone.
Besides E-Mail, isn’t everything on the internet just a phone call away? I could call 411, I could text one of those services, or I could call a friend who is on a computer. I was willing to drive 2 hours each way for this gig, but not having a smart phone lost me the job. I can’t really afford a smart phone yet…
Am I screwed because I don’t have a smart phone?
As I said, I’ve never heard of this happening. It will likely be a while before this happens to you again. I wouldn’t stress too much about not having the phone, but I would also make the smart phone your next big purchase. You definitely don’t want this to happen again.