Would you like to become a photographer’s assistant? Or you already got hired, but you want to get rehired? Well, then you should really watch this video from Jay P. Morgan. In a humorous way, he teaches you what not to do if you want to get and keep the assistant’s job. These are eight certain ways to get you fired from the set.
Here is a written breakdown of the video
1. Arrive late
You know what time you need to be on set, just like everyone else working there. You also know how much it takes you to get there from home. Therefore, plan accordingly. But if you want to get fired, just keep arriving late.
2. Arrive unprepared
When you arrive at the set, you better not have anything with you. Just hang around with your coffee and expect others to get you the gear and accessories you should have brought. And if possible, show no guilt about it.
3. Express your opinion about the project
If you have your own ideas about the project, why don’t you start telling the director how something should be done? Make sure to let the director, the DP, and the producer know exactly what you think and why you think their ideas won’t work.
4. Check your phone all the time
I’m sure all those funny videos, gifs, and chats are more important than your work. So, if you want to seem unprofessional and undedicated to your job, make sure never to let go of your phone on set.
5. Chat with others on set
If you want to get fired, just stand in the corner and chat with others, instead of paying attention what’s going on and what your employer needs.
6. Go to work to eat
Mmm, food! Rush to the snack table and spend as much time there as possible. Or even better, grab something and get back to the set while you’re munching on your snack. That’s one step closer to getting fired from the set.
7. Establish a personal relationship with a client
Your job is to help your employer and impress him or her, and not your client. But if you really don’t want that job, make sure to establish a strong personal connection with the client.
8. Don’t clean up after yourself
It’s not like your job is to make the employer’s life easier and to make the shooting run as smoothly as possible. So, make sure to leave your mess for the others to deal with.
Well, if you are aiming to become a photographer’s assistant, just do the opposite from all of the above. :) Remember why you’re there and what your role is. You should help the photographer and help the set go smoothly. Respect other people’s time, as well as the duties they have on set. Be dedicated, professional, respectful, punctual and tidy – and you’re good to go.
[How to Get Fired On Set | The Slanted Lens]