Do you have any recommendations for day jobs that a new PA might take? I’m talking about jobs that are super flexible, and allow for last minute schedule changes, as many PA gigs are short notice. Preferably something besides waiter or minimum wage slave. Might seem like a dumb question, but I’m having trouble finding such a decent day job that doesn’t require 2-3 weeks notice. Am I supposed to just call in sick, and hope I don’t get fired?
You’ve put too many qualifications on this magical dream day-job. The only jobs that are flexible are ones were either A) the employees are interchangeable or B) the employee is so valuable the company is willing to accommodate her.
The first case only happens with low-skill jobs, which inherently means low-pay, as well.
In the second case, you’d have to be so talented and productive that the company needs you more than you need them. So, you’re positing a hypothetical in which you’re the top of your field in one area, but are simultaneously willing to be a PA on a TV show.
That’s unlikely, to say the least.
The reason so many actors are waiters and bartenders is because those jobs are flexible.
Your only other option is to take a job that you’re okay quitting at a moment’s notice. You’d be burning a bridge, yes, but it’s a bridge that leads to somewhere you don’t want to go, anyway.
It’s a shitty position to be in, but we’ve all been there. That doesn’t make it any easier for you to go through it, I understand, but still, know that we’re waiting for you on the other side.