|Still not real Ari|
*Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental. No animals were harmed during the writing of this posting. Please don't sue me.
ANONYMOUS READER ASKS: After graduating from college I landed a PA position on a reality show. Like thousands of other people, I want to develop and produce television shows. However, I've found that many people working above me don't even have college backgrounds. Is this common? And if not, am I doing something wrong by PAing on a show?
Oh don't look at me with those puppy dog eyes. You know I'm a sucker for the pitiable. Ok, just one time. Here's the deal. Television is like wine. There's good wine, like the kind I drink -- Chateau Latour Pauillac 1978 ($450/bottle). And there's shit wine, like the kind you drink -- Night Train ($3.69/bottle). The skilled people make Latour. The daft make Night Train. The same goes for TV. Only those with the capacity to understand the depth and texture The Sopranos or Mad Men work on those kind of programs. The riffraff work on Cupcake Wars.
Make sense? If you're good enough to work on a real show, you'll get a job on a real show.
One last tip. You're a nobody. Don't forget that.
|Finding Nemo? |
How about Finding Work?
FAKE ARI EMANUEL RESPONDS: First of all, I know this site is amazing. And yes. I know George (that's George Lucas). And I know Steve (as in Steve Jobs). But if you don't know them like I do, you're in trouble. The Bay Area entertainment industry is basically George, Steve, John Lasseter and about 4,000 CGI programmers. So unless you can code, you're fucked. Or you could always work for...excuse me while I throw up in my mouth...Netflix.