On my last show, I was bumped up to Production Secretary during wrap. The bump was largely nominal (although I did also receive a raise), since I was performing essentially the same duties I had already been performing. As we were winding down, I was told, “TAPA, you shouldn’t have to PA again. After this, you should turn down work until someone hires you as a secretary.”
I had never turned down work before. This was uncharted territory for me.
There are two schools of thought. One: Take every job that comes your way and if something better comes along, quit and then take that. Two: Pass on jobs until the right one comes along. The “right one” is the position you want for the rate you want on the show you want.
I’ve always thought the second route – passing today for a job tomorrow – was more my style. The thought of leaving a horse mid-stream leaves my hands wringing in a full-sweat anxiety attack. I passed on two jobs. Re-shoots, both of them.
Now, in my fifth month of unemployment, I’m wondering if maybe the first route would’ve been smarter.