“Hey, Remember Me… Gimme a Job”

Hollywood is slow right now. Everyone I talk to seems to be in agreement. As I mentioned, more and more shows are packing up for the Bayou State. Consequently, I’ve started actively emailing old bosses, checking to see if they or anyone they know is hiring. During most unemployment spells, the calls come to me. I spend a month or two on the bread lines and pretty soon, an old APOC will shoot me an email, asking if I’m looking for work.

The Great Unemployment Spell of 2012 has been very different.

The Current PA Landscape

So my “catch-up” emails go something like this:

Hey [coordinator]

I ran into [mutual friend] the other day and I realized that I hadn’t talked to you since [inside joke that we established during production]. I thought I’d drop you a line to see how you’re doing. Since [the movie we worked together on], I worked on [dope movie] and [dope movie] and am currently the executive producer of The Unemployment Diaries. It’s shooting on my couch, and I am also the star. What are you up to?

If you’re also funemployed, maybe we can grab a drink soon.



Is it lame? Yes. Is it completely transparent that I’m looking for a job? Yes. Is it an appropriate way to ask for a job without sounding like a beggar? Also yes.

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3 Responses

  1. As far as set PAs go, there’s not much notice. Usually 2 weeks in advance, but ive experienced a month (unusual) or a day in advance (very usual when I’m getting additional work or “day playing” aka when I’m not staff but they hire when they need more help). Sometimes the key pa might get a week or two of prep, the paperwork pa maybe a couple of days, and the walkie pa will get a day of prep. An office sets up much more in advance so they hire much earlier.

  2. When do office pa’s and set pa’s usually get hired for a television show? How close to production does this usually occur and are set pa’s usually around for any prep or do they not start until production?

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