Christie writes in:
A show I’m currently working on is wrapping and today’s my last day. Would it be worth sending cards to the APOC, POC, line producer, etc (we didn’t have an AD). I realise I’ve left it quite late – it just occurred to be today. Or would that be too brown-nosey?
Here’s the truth– there is almost nothing you can do that is too brown-nosey. This is Hollywood; people like to have their egos stroked.
The nice thing about a card is, no one sends physical cards anymore. When was the last time you saw a Hallmark store? I’m pretty sure they just make deep-cable movies-of-the-week, now.
Anyway, if you somehow find some nice stationery, a nice (and short), hand-written letter will be much appreciated. It’s much more personal than an email or text. Plus, it’ll help you stand out.
The next time they’re putting together their production office, trying to decide which PAs to hire, someone will say, “What about Christie? You know, the one who sent us that nice note?” As opposed to, “Which one’s Christie? Was she the tall one?”
One last thing, though– make sure it’s sincere, and personal. Mention something specific to the person you’re writing: an inside joke, a shared interest, or even just a note of gratitude for showing you the ropes.
That sincerity is the difference between forming relationships and “networking.”