Ok, I keep reading “no experience” needed to PA. So why it so hard to land a PA job?
I actually have some experience -film school, student projects, independent projects, game show pilot, award shows, major network webisode and even dayplayed in the production office of a network TV show.
I get Production Weekly and PRS, contact the offices and fax/email resume, make sure it’s received and follow up til I get “we’re currently crewed up”. I’ve tried pilots, shows already on air, award shows, films and nothing. I’ve even offered to work for free just for the experience but since I’m currently not a student that doesn’t help.
I’m still working on independent projects but how do you make that leap from those to features/tv? Obviously I’m doing something wrong. Any ideas?
I must admit, I am being a little cheeky when I say things like, “A monkey could do my job.” PAs get fired all the time, for slacking off, for screwing up, for having the gall to speak to a producer when he’s having a bad day.
There is a certain amount of skill involved, even if the main skill is simply being able to stick to it long enough to get promoted. Not everyone has that skill.
That being said, a lot of people do have that skill, or at least think they do. On my show, we get at least three PA resumes a day, and we’re in the middle of the season! At the beginning of the season, we could fill a binder with resumes.
This is also why, by the way, PAs get paid so little (as I explained in a post a few weeks ago). While there’s always a demand for a good PA, there is an even greater supply of good PAs.
I don’t think you’re actually doing anything wrong. In fact, it sounds like you’re doing everything right. There’s no secret or trick that you’re missing. You have to be good and smart and experienced, it’s true.
But you also have to submit your resume at the exact moment that they’re looking for a PA with your exact qualifications. You have to connect with the AD or coordinator some indefinable way. You have to be ready when they need you to be ready.
In short, not only do you have to be good, you have to be lucky.
I wish I could be of more help than that, but I can’t.