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Where Do I Go?

[Name Redacted]1 asks:

A question I’m always asking myself when I step on a set as a day player is where do I go? It can be confusing with so many people and so many trailers. And no one wants to be late for call time. So where do you go?

First of all, don’t get there at call time. Get there before call time. You might be tempted to go to the catering for some breakfast. Resist that urge. If you walk into the trailer with a cup of coffee in one hand and a breakfast burrito in the other, the 2nd is going to think you only showed up for the free food.2

If you’re a set PA (we don’t get many day players in the office), go straight for the AD trailer, unless you were instructed otherwise ahead of time.3 There, the 2nd AD or the 2nd 2nd will tell you what to do.

If you are an office PA (maybe someone is sick, or it’s your first day, or whatever), again, you should report to your immediate supervisor before anything else. This probably means the APOC, but sometimes it’s the coordinator, depending on how the shifts work out.

Basically, the most important thing to do is tell your boss that you’re there and ready to work. If you’re there early enough, they’ll probably tell you to go and grab some breakfast first. See? It all comes full circle.

Just remember to bring them a burrito, too.

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  1. Don’t want to embarrass him/her.
  2. Which you totally did, but nevermind that.
  3. In which case, why did you send me this email?
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