Monthly Archives: May 2011

There’ll be a lot of pressure. But you’re a girl, so you just run along and make us some tea!

…. So how’s an audience of 6000 people for pressure? And how’s being a girl surrounded by 20 other male crew members?

And how do you suppose I coped? JUST AS WELL AS ANYONE ELSE.

Sorry for the rant and straight to the better news: I got to film these guys at the weekend:

The Wanted - wanted by every girl who's reached puberty

I have landed myself a new job for the summer, working for a production company based in Dorset, who specialise in live events. Cool right? 🙂

HELL YEH. Only problem is, I’m not getting paid. And I recently quit my 2 waitressing jobs… So I’m a little worried about my bills this month.

BUT, I spent a whole weekend in Gloucester, building an 18-foot high LED screen upon which 6000 people watched the footage from MY camera LIVE during The Wanted’s gig.

(PLUS I had all the free food I could ask for!)

As ever with these kind of jobs, I noticed a distinctly different attitude towards me, as one of the only TWO women in the 20+ crew.  I’m sorry to ramble on about this sexist stuff (I more than anyone am tired of it!) but PLEASE, there wasn’t even a crew toilet for ladies, only for men. I wasn’t allowed to carry things or use the electric drill, and before The Wanted arrived on set I was given a talk about (and I quote):

“Not getting excited and girly when the band arrive.”

OMG the rage! This from a guy who was given his director/vision mixer job by his rich daddy, only a few years older than me, and possibly the least professional ape I’ve worked with in my brief career so far. Harsh words? Honey this is me being kind!

Just because I’m a girl it does not mean

  1. That I will crumble into an unprofessional, rowdy teenager at the sight of a few singers with bulging biceps.
  2. That you need to tell me to make sure I go to the bathroom before filming starts (I’m not a 2-year old).
  3. That I cannot do manual labour/carry things/use a goddamn screwdriver and YES my talents go beyond making f**king tea!
  4. That you should treat me any differently from any other crew member.

The thing is, in this situation all a girl can do is smile sweetly and do as she’s told. Then as soon as you can you prove them wrong by lifting those heavy crates, you bring out your amazing skills with the power drill, you get down and dirty and work your ass off. You let your make up smudge and your nails break and you forget about your hair.

At the same time you talk to everyone and keep the morale up. You offer to make tea when you, and everyone else, is in need of it. And every time a job needs doing you say “I can do it!” and you show them that you can.

Basically, you need to be …

The Super Camera Woman

All in all though, it was an awesome weekend and I’m looking forward to my next live event!

Mainly for the free food.

 

 

 

Love ‘A’ x

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Picture of the (yester)day

Sums up yesterday’s bright sides in football nicely. Unfortunately that rain mixed a bit too nicely with Blackpool’s tears… Brutal day! But it does mean… the season is over!!

Did you know the poor editors/vision mixers/producers of these things have barely slept for the entire season? And now they’ve got a week of enthralling meetings about next year’s lack of sleep (featuring ‘nespresso works it – the new pure caffeine effect’, ‘Red Bull – it’s bloody worth it’, and ‘Sleepwalking  -perfecting the art’.

I feel for them, I really do… Oh, wait…

xoxo

Pilot watch take two

The first greenlights of Pilots for 2011/12 are in (US Seasons that is, sorry Brits)!! Have a look at the links below, most will include the pick ups (some are just overviews on the pilot orders that reached the last stage… sorry!)

ABC (Variety link)

The CW

NBC

CBS

FOX

xoxo

‘P’

Networking vs Netcreeping

“It doesn’t matter that you have a 4 a.m. start tomorrow, if the crew is going drinking you’re going drinking. It’s that simple!”

The very no-nonsense advise one well established sound op passed on to the youngling PAs the other day. There’s quite a bit of truth in it, granted. Nothing is as important as networking when it comes to forwarding a career where who you know is close (but not equal) to what you know.

Now don’t get me wrong, on top of that you have to be damn good at what you do. But you also need to sip coffee/beer/split Mars bars with the right people. There are a number of problems with that of course.

In the case of the 4 a.m. start, will your work suffer? Have a pint or two and make a graceful exit (after sharing all the remaining business cards in your bag (bar three, you never know what the taxi drivers kid works with!).

But aside from that there’s another issue here. Where to draw the line. When the slightly creepy but well connected Director/Producer/Reporter/Runner/Engineer phones you up at random for a drink, and then has a detailed discussion of why the girl crew t shirts are not more figure-hugging, all the while talking to your boobs. Best bit of advise, an even earlier (graceful) exit.

There’s far too much crap going on in the business with a big B, but there are also a lot of folk who will genuinely help boost your future. And one day you’ll return the favour by mentioning their name for a nice high profile job. That’s what good networking is about. But don’t be afraid to avoid the sleeze traps, you’ll still be fine. Too many girls seem to forget that… And give them your business card, not your Facebook link!!

xoxo

‘P’