Elizabeth has a question about day playing on an old post:
How early do you call for a day playing position? For instance I work a full time job as a PA at a VFX House but sometimes I have week days off. Should I call the day before? That day?
Day playing is, by it’s very nature, an uncertain position. Productions rarely know if they’ll need a day player more than a couple of days before.
That being said, when a show needs a day player, they probably need them that day. If cameras are rolling, it’s probably already too late, and the position’s been filled. You can roll the dice by calling the production office and asking if they happen to need a PA that day, but the chances of that working are slim. Instead, you want them to call you.
This is where your network comes in. If someone has a doctor’s appointment, jury duty, or just plain comes down sick, they’re likely to call their friends to fill in. If the crew needs an extra PA (or grip or MUA or whatever you are), again, they start by calling people they know. You only get on that call list if you know lots of people.