Part 4 of “How to be a good Production Assistant” gave some good ideas for how to stay busy on set, even if you really have nothing to do. Staying busy and looking busy are very different and even though I’ve pretty much mastered how to look busy when in reality I was bored to tears, I’m not going to share those details here. That’s really a last resort sort of move. You’ll have to figure out how to do that on your own. Here’s part 5.
Don’t sit down. This one seems kinda cruel, but in all actuality if I see someone sitting down I assume they are not ready to take on a task. It’s tough but as a PA, I’ve definitely gone 16 hours without sitting down even for lunch. So if you haven’t done anything for 2 hours and the next 2 don’t look promising either, you’ve got to try and look engaged and whatever you do, don’t sit down. Especially don’t sit in the director’s chair. Yes I’ve seen this happen and it isn’t pretty. Of course, if everyone else is taking a break feel free to join in but as soon as they’re back to the job you should be up on your feet as well. It sucks, especially when you have nothing to do, but sitting down expresses to others “I don’t feel like being here and don’t bother me.”
Part 6 coming soon!