Anonymous asked: As a beginner PA, specifically a PA for the AD, how much room for error is there? Obviously, I have no intention of making errors. However, I'm bound to make a few. I'm hoping a mistake here or there starting out won't completely ruin my future in film.
I fuck up all the time. All. the. time. We all do. It’s a constant thing amongst even DGA ADs. The best advice I can give you about making mistakes is OWN UP TO THEM. Don’t point the blame and don’t make any excuses. I know all of this first hand as someone who has pointed the blame and made many dumb excuses. There’s a large margin of error when it comes to making mistakes as a PA as it’s generally understood that most PAs are pretty green (most, not all!). Unless you’re constantly making the same mistakes over and over again and showing them that you’re NOT learning from your mistakes, then you’ll be fine. Own up to your mistake, understand what you did wrong, fix it quickly, and do it again. And if you don’t know how to do something, or if a task was unclear, don’t be afraid to ask! I’ve been bitten by that one too. In the end, my bosses know I’m busting my ass to make the set a better place and they have all been where I’m standing. And hell, I watch them make mistakes and they will be reprimanded by their boss. We’re humans. Just own up to it, learn from it, and move on.