As a PA, you’ll spend 95% of your time between two places – your desk and your car.
I try to keep my desk as clean as possible. My car is a different story. Until very recently, my car was a danger zone. Receipts, fast food bags, empty water bottles (don’t tell the Green PA) littered the floor of my car. My gym clothes, crew lists, and a trove of used Google map printouts lay strewn in all the corners of my Toyota. Then – on Friday – my boss sent me to pick up Joe Buck the EP from a tech scout.
When I got there, Joe Buck pulls me aside and asks, “Is there room in your car for [the Director]?”
I raced back to my car and threw everything – EVERYTHING – in the trunk (including the directions, forcing me to find my way back to the office by memory). As the Oscar-winning director got into the front seat of my car, he said, “I hope nobody sees me. They’re gonna think I’m on crack.”
Thanks a lot, dude, but this is my office you’re talking about.
Since then, I’ve tried to keep my car as clean as I keep my desk. It makes sense. Since Friday, I’ve limited my car clutter to the following:
- Crew list
- Phone charger
Everything else just gets in the way.