Regular readers know I have a spotty history with PA Bootcamp [sic]. It was fun baiting them for a while, but it got to be repetitive and dull. I still get emails asking about the service pretty regularly, and I just refer them to my comments section.
Just today, though, I got an incoming link from another blog, called “Constant Ramblings.” This blogger has actually attended the PA bootcamp, and in the interest of fairness, I decided to reprint some of his positive comments:
PA Bootcamp’s job was to train me to be a fully capable production assistant. I honestly believe that they fulfilled their obligation. I’m confident that I can get a radio on my hip and not piss off the AD. I’m confident I can look at my paperwork, including call sheets, sides and anything else they would throw at me (as a PA, that probably isn’t much… but it is still more than you think) without scrambling.
I could write, “Congratulations, you learned how to press the ‘TALK’ button before talking! That’s $200 well spent. (Yes, they dropped their rates by $85 in the last year. You can’t afford not to go.)”
But I won’t say that, because, as Constant Rambler points out, I never took their class, so I don’t actually know what I’m talking about.
Of course, neither does he. If you’ve never been a PA before, there’s no way to know if PA Bootcamp [sic] was worth it. Maybe you would’ve learned “terminology, radio etiquette, what not to do, sides, call sheets and what it will take to move up the ranks” anyway, and saved $200 to boot.