How To Break Into The Entertainment Industry (At Least From My Experience) – Part 2

August 19, 2013

Daniel and mePicking up from yesterday, I was talking about being invisible sometimes.

Of course, it’s important that if there is something to do, you do it.

Sometimes, it got to the point on AGT that one of the higher ups would call for 3 PAs to stand in for the judges (’cause that was the most fun job), just to see who’d run out.

Then they’d make the PAs do something else, ’cause they were just finding a way to see who was free.

The higher ups had had to resort to doing that because sometimes when they’d call for help on the walkie, no PA would go.

I actually got in trouble once because I was assigned to a specific person. And she said that I was not to take any other random jobs, ’cause she might need me at the drop of a hat.

So, I was just sitting at the ready for her. Then, someone called on the walkie for free PAs to go help with a crowd shot outside. I didn’t go because I’d been given strict orders not to go do anything else.

(Some of my pictures are so small! Oh cell phones from 2010... (At least, my cell phone was behind the times.))
(Some of my pictures are so small! Oh cell phones from 2010… (At least, my cell phone was behind the times.))

But the people who were assigned to be floaters and do those kinds of jobs just didn’t go. They were in their hiding place, but not doing the most important part of the hiding place thing – getting out when you’re called.

PAs were called on the walkie 3 times. The person calling was seeming frustrated and frazzled and really needed extra help. So, I just went assuming my boss would call me on the walkie, and I’d immediately go to her if she needed me.

Well, the outside group all switched walkie channels. So, I went to the one the outside group was on. My boss didn’t really listen to a walkie, ’cause she had her own job she was concentrating on and no one really needed to call her. Usually, if they did, they’d just call me and I’d relay a message.

So, I couldn’t call her on the walkie to tell her I was switching my channel. I figured someone would if she called for me, which I figured was a slim chance ’cause I’d only be outside for 20 minutes. And I thought I’d be waiting for longer than that ’til she needed me again.

Well, of course while I was outside, she called for me on the other channel. And no one told her what channel I was on. When I came back in, she was really mad she couldn’t get ahold of me.

The production coordinator actually pulled me aside after I’d been yelled out telling me that she was really glad I helped when no one else did, and not to feel bad. Even though the best circumstances didn’t happen, they really thought I was a hard worker and appreciated me.

I thought I was so cool wearing my hat with make up done by the pros on set.
I thought I was so cool wearing my hat with make up done by the pros on set.

So, that was nice. But obviously not the best situation. I could’ve definitely done some things differently. So, you know, don’t try to be a superhero taking on too much.

However, barring that time, I generally tried to keep my boss as happy as possible. I tried to be very alert and remember everything she told me, how she liked things and all that jazz. My goal was that she’d never have to tell me anything twice.

And that worked out well. She always complimented me for being smart. And she said she loved knowing things would just get done right.

So, yay me!

And this is where I’ll pick up tomorrow.

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