Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Should You Date The Producer?

We've all seen it.

Struggling Art Department Female, dates Producer/Director etc. & PD's the next show.

It is the classic Hollywood faux-pas; the express route past all the BS to the top job. I'm not here to say don't do it, I'm just going to write about my observations.

The big warning given to young women starting in the business is: Don't date above the line, because if it doesn't work out, you'll (never work in this town again).  Not true. Its a game and if you are playing it well, if its your choice in games to play, you can come out a winner, for sure. No one knows where a relationship will go,  it can be a completly legitimate attraction, you may believe its marriage material; it just automatically holds baggage.

To just blatantly and falsely play the game to use someones power to get yourself a break is just callous. Producers have hearts too! Yet some consider it a legitimate way to get ahead for a woman; and I can understand some of their points. Its not a fair world, so why try to play like it is?

However, there is a price to pay. Again, its a choice whether or not you acknowledge the price...

The price is respect. From below the line. Most figures above the line have no idea how you got there.

Certainly you were referred.

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