My friend and I are approximately 3 weeks away from departure to New Orleans and we are trying to figure out the best way to find our first PA jobs.
We have heard from some people we know that are already there that it is better to simply walk into production offices and state your case rather than send emails/resumes to production offices. In your experience does this work any better or efficiently? What are some other ways to break into the industry for that all important first job?
If a stranger walked into my show’s office and asked for a job, we’d politely turn them away. Then mock them for the rest of the day.
Don’t forget, you the business you’re getting into. Your co-workers are celebrities. Many of them have stalkers. If they don’t, they think they have stalkers. And many shows have rabid fans.
A stranger walking in unannounced will set off a lot of alarm bells. And even if you don’t appear to be any kind of threat, you’ll like appear inexperienced, since you don’t even recognize your own behavior as odd.
Did these people you talked to actually try walking into production offices? If so, maybe they do things differently in New Orleans. I don’t know; I don’t watch Treme.
My first job came from the UTA Joblist. I also got work from Craig’s List and Mandy, until eventually I had enough connections to hear about jobs first hand. Again, I have no experience in New Orleans, but that’s where I’d start.
Actually, that’s where I would start, not knowing anyone in New Orleans. Since you do, you should start by asking them if they know of any jobs.