Hi TAPA! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but it has recently taken on more importance in my life.
I live right outside NYC and am trying to get jobs as a PA on some film or TV sets. While at college, I was focusing on Production Design and art department. Now, my question for you is when sending my cover letter and resume to production companies, should I apply as a general set PA or should I apply as an Art Department PA?
Ultimately, I would like to spend the rest of my working life in the art department, but I know that I may have to get there through different channels. So what do you think I should do?
I get this sort of question all the time. The fact is, at your age, you should take any job that’s offered.
First of all, you’re 22. You don’t know anything. The sooner you understand that, the sooner you’ll start learning something.
You think you want to spend the rest of your life in the art department. It’s good to have goals, and that’s as fine a goal as any to have. But keep yourself open-minded. You might land a job at a post facility or a camera shop or a God knows what, only to discover your true calling.
Or, you might hate it, and re-affirm your belief that the art department is for you. That’s great, too. At least you’ll know. It’s the same philosophy behind dating around before you settle down to get married. You don’t want to be 40 and have a lingering doubt that you could’ve had something better.
Secondly, you’re 22. What makes you think you’ll have a choice in what job you’ll get? You’re not qualified for anything. You need a job, and the best way to get one is to apply for every single one you see. Take the first non-porn shoot you get.
Also, keep in mind, you’re 22. You can do whatever you want, with little-to-no consequences. Don’t worry so much about your long-term career at this stage. Just get out there, meet new people, have new experiences, all that graduation speech bullshit. In the end, you’ll land where your talents and tastes work best together.