Brianna writes in:
I’ve been hesitant to take anything reality-based work that I am offered. An acquaintance (who is now an AD after earning his PA days) told me that no one will hire a PA on a scripted show if they only have reality on their resume because they’re two different worlds.
My entire resume, save for day-playing on one feature, is in reality/small commercials. Am I wasting my time/shooting myself in the foot by taking reality jobs in order to gain more experience and network with higher-ups in bigger cities?
“No one” is a bit of an exaggeration, but he’s right, it’s hard to move from reality to scripted television. Here’s the thing, though– who’s to say you were only a day player? Or that those shows were only reality TV?
There is no reason whatsoever to write “dayplayer” on your resume. Who cares how long you worked on that show? You were there, it goes on your resume.
And don’t call out the fact that the show is a reality show. There’s plenty of titles that could go either way. Why point out a potential negative?
Don’t lie, of course. If an interviewer asks, “Was this title a reality show or a scripted series?” Tell the truth. They might check later, they might not, but still, better to be safe.