You're just out of high school, college, or film school, and you're looking for your big break in the movie business. You know you could be the next Lucas or Bigelow, if someone would just give you a contract for a three-picture deal. But as the great Ringo Starr said,
Got to pay your dues
If you wanna sing the blues,
And you know it don't come easy.
Before you can sit in that director's chair (or producer's office, or whatever it may be), you've got to pay your dues. One of the number one ways to get a foot in the door is to be a production assistant. What is a Production assistant, you ask?
1. Lowest member of a film or television production crew
2. Oft-overlooked member of the crew who is expected to follow directions accurately, think quickly on his/her feet, and always get coffee orders right
See also: Indentured Servant
In the next three posts, I'll lay out a guide for being a rockstar production assistant. Some of the topics I'll cover are: skills that will get you noticed and promoted, things to have in your pocket, what to wear, on-set dos and dont's, and where to look for PA gigs.