So after posting that I have the newest UTA joblist and I am willing to email it out to you I received an enormous response.¬† While looking through some of the comments I noticed this one posted by Tyler and I felt like I really should address this:
I would love the list as I am looking for a part time gig to go with my bartending job once a week. Thanks
Ok here is my huge problem with this comment.¬† The UTA job list does not offer part time gigs.¬† If you are looking for a part time gig to go along with bartending then I would highly suggest trying to find something else.
The UTA joblist is a list of assistant jobs that are full time and that are available in Hollywood.¬† The list is sent out to hundreds of people so you can imagine that these jobs are rare and highly sought after.¬† I can also assure you that if you do not live in Los Angeles you will never receive a call for one of these positions.¬† Hollywood tends to mostly hire from within but the rare times it does not it will offer interviews to those people that live in that city.
If you are serious about an assistant job in Hollywood I would suggest contacting companies directly rather than trying to land a job through this list.¬† Try websites like media-match and realitystaff.com as well because they usually have some pretty great positions on there as well.
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.