Do you ever get what I call PA dreams? What happens to me is that during weeks with particularly high levels of stress, I have reoccurring dreams in which I’m aware that it’s 3AM and yet also aware that my Coordinator or Production Manager wants me to get out of bed and bring them a coffee. I once woke up dressed in my bath robe and opening my bedroom door so I could go let the extras in. It freaks me out.
That is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard. Thank God I don’t have dreams about my job. If I did, I might move to Malta and become a clam fisherman (or whatever they fish in Malta).
Sure, I get anxiety dreams, but I try to make sure that work is never a high source of anxiety for me. I stress out about finishing the next draft of a script or falling into abject poverty, but I’ve never been haunted by visions of buff paper and gargantuan lunch orders attacking me during my slumber.
I guess I’m lucky.
It’s important that PAs keep their work in perspective. A balanced diet of exercise and TV-watching can take the edge off of a hectic day. When all else fails, have a beer.
Take back the night, Max.