For the past year I have been working freelance as a production assistant and I have to admit there are some days when I wish I could finally land a full time job.¬† It admittedly gets very old having to look for a new job every couple of months.¬† That being said I think my career path would take a different turn in the industry if I decided to stop working freelance, and here are my options:
I could try to find a position as a producer or director’s assistant.¬† The pro’s of this position would be that I would be working directly or close to directly underneath an producer in Hollywood and I would be somewhat involved with the films or tv shows that he/she is working on.¬† I would be doing a lot of script coverage which means I would be reading scripts and taking notes on them to help the producer decide if the script is worth them reading.¬† The con’s would be that I would be doing a lot of regular assistant duties like scheduling, answering phones, and picking up coffee.
I could also work at a network or a studio as someone’s assistant.¬† There are a lot of different divisions at a studio and a network from legal and financing to development and business affairs.¬† Depending on who I am assisting my job could differ however¬† most likely I would end up doing a lot of regular assistant duties with a few interesting projects thrown in.
Last but not least I could become a personal assistant to a director, writer or even a celebrity.¬† In this position my main job would be dealing with scheduling, and basically organizing that persons life, which could usually end up meaning I would have no personal life of my own.
As you can see most of these positions are not the most glamorous positions, but then again neither is being a PA.¬† Either way I will have to work my way up from the bottom.
I have never really been an assistant so I’d love to hear someone’s experience being one.¬† Email your story or post it in the comments.