For the panel, Assembling A First-Rate Producing Team: How To Get Hired By The Best In The Business, all four speakers started out as production assistants or bookkeepers. Naturally, there were platitudes like “whom you know” and “hard work” cited as the main ways to get gigs. But moderator Hawk Koch, the veteran producer (Keeping The Faith, Frequency, Losing Isaiah, The Pope Of Greenwich Village), quipped that, within the first few days of meeting new PAs on a set, he can tell who will make it in the business and who won’t. “There are three types of PAs: the ones who stand back, the ones who tell an actor they were great in this movie or that, and the ones who ask the actor what they can do to help. The third PA is the one who will make it.” — Posted by DHD stringer Rebecca Ford
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