Pat writes in:
I really enjoy your site and it has given me many tips that really have been helping over the past few months. I am a PA working in New York. I have gotten a decent amount of jobs, but really not a sustainable amount.
A few months ago, I went to the Mayor’s office to try to get on a regular show or to see who I should contact. They really couldnt help me and gave me mailing addresses to send resumes to. This seemed crazy, but I sent resumes and never heard anything back. I didn’t know if you had any tips on how to get on a regular job here, the majority of my work has been a day here and a day there. Any help would be definitely appreciated!
I’ve also attached my resume, not sure if you had any tips on how I could maybe improve it / get it down to one page.
The film office in places like New York and Los Angeles are unlikely to help a PA find work. The reason is, local productions don’t have any trouble finding PAs on their own. This situation can be different in smaller markets, but you’re out of luck in the big film cities.
So what’s a PA to do?
Unfortunately, the answer is to keep doing what you’re doing. Work a day here and a day there. Work hard. Be the PA on set. Leave a good final impression.
I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but this will eventually pay off. You’ll start get a reputation, and people will want to bring you back. Eventually, you’ll get called in for the entire shoot, not just a day or two. Soon, you’ll have several shows competing for your attention.
You just have to make every day count.
As for tips on resumes, I’d start here. If you need more specific help, I offer a resume editing service just for film crew. Production resumes are totally different from the standard templates you find in Microsoft Word.