Woody writes in:
I’ve been cruising job boards lately and one thing I occasionally see is some production listing that, as a PA, one of my skills should be the ability to drive a 24′ cube truck. I haven’t work on the biggest of shows (or barely many moderately-sized ones) but the 24′ is pretty large and I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it.
Is that a real thing I should be expected to be able to do? Isn’t that why we have teamsters?
That’s why you have teamsters on a real, union show. But you’re unlikely to find a union driver within a thousand yards of a low-budget production. Teamsters are expensive.
So without teamsters, who’s going to drive the trucks and make runs? I’ll give you three guesses, and the first two don’t count.
A PA should be willing and able to drive anything she is legally allowed to, including a 24′ cube truck. If you don’t feel comfortable driving it, they’ll find someone who is. Simple as that.
It’s a harsh, uncaring business. Nobody will hire you unless you have something to offer. If driving a cube truck isn’t your thing, then maybe you can find something else you’re willing to do that others aren’t. Figure out what makes you a uniquely valuable PA and push that when applying for a gig, instead.