WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO BE A PRODUCTION ASSISTANT?

There are certain skills needed if you wish to be a successful production assistant. Not everyone is equipped to handle the stresses that come with television and film production. Keep reading if you wish to know what skills you should have as a production assistant.
• You must punctual. Have you ever heard of the saying “if you’re early, you’re on time and if you’re on time you’re late?” This is definitely a profession where you must be early to everything. It doesn’t matter if the actors are late, the director, or producer, you need to be on time and build your reputation as a reliable person that people can depend on.
• You must flexible. This means you must be adaptable to changes. For example, if you have the day off and get an unexpected call to come into work, you must do all you can to make it into work. Again it’s not ideal, but showing your superiors that you are reliable can reap its benefits later in the future.
• You must be calm despite all the frantic energy around you. Most times, a production can be extremely stressful. You must exude a calm energy and not show that your nerves are getting to you. At times you may be the only voice of reason within range you must always remain calm despite what is going on. If you feel yourself getting too worked up, take a moment and collect yourself and then get back to work.
• You must be able to make quick decisions. Sometimes decisions must be made within seconds where you cannot consult with your superior. You must quickly think of the best solution and make the decision. This means that you must bear whatever consequences your decision brings.
• You must be resilient and have thick skin. There will be times where you will get reprimanded. Sometimes you will deserve it. If you did do something wrong, then learn from your mistakes and grow from it. There might also be times where you are caught in the crossfire and get reprimanded for things that are not your fault. Instead of taking it personally, just move on and continue to do your job as best as you can.
• You must communicate clearly. In order to leave little room for error, you must communicate verbally or write in a clear and concise manner. You don’t want to be blamed for something because you didn’t tell the producer or director something extremely important. Always make sure you express any important information given to you.
• You must be organized. Don’t lose vital information because you are a disorganized mess. Instead make sure you have a system where you know where everything is. Also make sure that the process you create can also be understood by other people. It’s no good to have a system that no one else understands.
• You must be dependable. If you tell your superiors you are going to do something, then keep your word. If you slack or don’t do what you’re told, you have a high chance of building a reputation of being unreliable which can hold you back in this business.
Sources:
1. http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions/279425-television-production-assistant-job-description
2. http://governor.state.tx.us/film/resources/production_assistant
3. http://learningpath.org/articles/Production_Assistant_Career_Info.html

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