Jackie writes in:
Any advice on how best to get the contact info for a production coordinator of a specific show?
Generally, it’s a know-someone-who-knows-someone kind of deal.
Think about it. If you have something that a lot of people want (a job to offer), would you publicize your email? Coordinators would get millions of emails if they put their addresses out for anyone to see online, instead of just thousands.
The system of connections and referrals that Hollywood uses is mostly a way to limit the number of emails they get in a given day. It’s the same with coordinators and PAs as it is for agents and writers.
Sure, some wheat may get caught up with the chaff, but there’s still plenty of wheat to go around. You might be a great PA, but you don’t know the right coordinator, and she doesn’t hire you. But she probably will hire someone who’s just as good, or good enough, in any case.1
Your only option, then, is to increase the number of people you know. You pretty much have to start at the bottom, working on the kinds of shitty jobs you find on Craig’s List and Mandy.com. There, you’ll meet people who can refer you to bigger shows.
The more people you know, the more likely it is that you’ll know someone who knows someone who’s hiring people like you. In short, the value of your network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system.