You may have noticed that I rarely mention anyone’s name on this blog. That’s partly to protect my anonymity, and partly because that’s how I actually think of them.
It’s funny, after a few years on the job, you start to be able to identify most positions on sight. The camera guys are generally clean cut, and always have a serious expression on their face. Grips and electrics tend to be bigger and more avuncular (you can tell these guys apart mostly by what they’re carrying– if it plugs in, he’s an electric). Costumers dress like they just fell into the Goodwill bin at the local clown college.
Since you already know the crew positions, it’s easier to refer to someone that way than actually, say, learning his or her name.
Which explains why, when you have three twenty-something guys in the office, no one ever knows our names, either. I’m just, “That One Office PA, You Know, The One Who’s Always Writing In His Blog.”