I was hired as a PA on a new show for a big company. They weren’t sure when production would be starting and said they would email me once they had more information. They thought production would start sometime around mid-August.
It’s mid-August and I haven’t received anything yet. I have emailed and called, but no one has returned anything. I’m getting nervous. Are they so busy that they haven’t had time? They haven’t thought about calling the PA’s? Will they call me the night before I have to come in? Did they forget they hired me? I’m confused and scared because I want this so much. Any advice?
Unfortunately, this is a thing that happens all the time, and it could have any number of explanations.
They might be too busy to call right now, putting off your call until they need you. Maybe the show’s start date has been pushed back, for some reason. Maybe a deal fell through, and it’s not going at all. Or, maybe somebody owes somebody else a favor, and your job has been given away to an actor’s nephew.
There is simply no way to know. But if they changed their mind about hiring you, for whatever reason, that’s going to be an awkward conversation. Most people figure if they ignore your emails/phone calls long enough, you’ll stop bugging them, and they won’t have to have that conversation. It’s a weaselly thing to do, but certainly understandable.
The truth is, you don’t have the job until you walk in the door on the first day. If someone offers you a job at some date in the future, that’s nice, but keep looking for work. If you do get another job, you owe a phone call to the person who first offered you a job: “Hey, so-and-so offered me a job on a show that starts next Tuesday. Are we still on, or should I take it?”
Sorry for the bad news.