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What's your job title and what does the gig entail?
Production Office Coordinator. At its most basic it’s overseeing the production office, handling the daily paperwork and disseminating the information (schedules, call sheets, etc) You’re also working with other departments and assisting with whatever their needs may be.
Ten years ago, is this something you imagined you might be doing?
On some level yes and on another level no. I always thought that I’d be in the business, but in a different capacity. Then again I never thought that I’d wind up on some of the projects that I’ve been on, so I’ve been pretty lucky in that respect.
Do you still harbor other aspirations?
Sure. But I think most people in this industry do.
How has working in an office environment changed you?
Other than putting on ten pounds from sitting behind a desk, I think it’s helped my people skills, since you’re constantly dealing with crew members, vendors and different issues that come up on a daily basis.
Do you think your job will still exist in ten years?
I think so yes. The responsibilities may change somewhat, but the position will still be around.
Is your office more The Office or Mad Men?
Hmmm. I guess when I think about it, it’s more Mad Men. Ok there’s no pouring a scotch at 11am, or expense accounting a three-Martini lunch, and there’s no such thing as half days in production, but you do have a group of people working hard on a project all representing the different elements that go into making it-creative, production, marketing, etc. Although, sometimes, I wouldn’t mind a scotch at 11am.
What's the best part of office life? And the worst?
The best part? I think it’s the people that I get to work with. Doing this can be hard enough and it really makes a huge difference being part of a crew you like. I also don’t have to wear a suit, so that’s a plus. The worst part? Sometimes it’s just being in the office. You get so caught up with the day to day stuff that you lose sight of why you’re there.
Finally, what are three things someone coming into your field should know on their first day?<br>
1.The reality of working in production is very different than what you might think. It’s not glamorous. That’s not to say it can’t be fun, but it does get tedious.
2. Be ready for anything.
3. The kitchen can never be too clean
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