As entry level jobs go, being a writers’ assistant is A1. Unless, that is, you’re an ornery, dull, arrogant, stupid SOB who has never learned the First Element of Showbiz Success…which we now will reveal to you cuz TVWriter™ is the absolutely Best Place to Come for All Your Entry Level Needs.
Anyway, Element of Showbiz Success #1: Suck up.
This article gives us some insights into how:
A Writers’ Production Assistant on an upcoming drama on a three-letter network was kind enough to answer 5 questions about her job:
What’s your background?
I grew up in the south and I didn’t attend any film school. But I did go to college and my degree is actually on the other end of the spectrum from film: Health and Physical Education. It’s funny looking back — Google and trial-by-fire were my film education. For two years before I decided to pursue writing professionally and move to LA, I was a coach and teacher. I looked around and told myself I didn’t want to do this for the next thirty years of my life, so after my second year I packed up and moved to LA.
I did do an internship for a summer at a production company, but I got in right on the brink of that big intern lawsuit so I was lucky to be able to do that and not need it for college credit. I was already living in LA at the time. Funny enough, I had a staffing meeting at this company and made friends with the exec and when I saw the listing for an intern at that company I emailed her and was like, “So… what are the requirements?” And she told me to start the next week.
How did you get your current job as Writers’ PA?
This is actually my first industry related job. I kind of went about it backwards so I apologize to anyone leaning in to get all the good secrets to success. I actually went on a staffing meeting for this show and had made a good connection with the creator, so when I didn’t get the writing position, I emailed to see if they needed any assistants since they were about to start up and they did, so he hired me. I originally got the staffing meeting because I had a manager and agents. I had reps when I moved out, but have since changed management companies and agencies. My team is really great and the get my material out there and really champion me. I know that’s not the case for everyone (I’ve been on the opposite side) but I really give them credit where it’s due.