A production assistant (PA) invoice is used in the film, television, and music industries to provide a list of the hours spent on a set providing assistance to the production executives, running errands, and generally completing any miscellaneous tasks around the set and offices. When hired for a production, independent PAs will typically charge on an hourly basis.
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Production assistants are generally viewed as the “Jack of all Trades” position on film sets, as they can do relatively anything they are requested of short of tasks that require professional training. Those interested in a career in film often take job openings for PAs to provide as a springboard for launching them into related careers such as cinematographers, directors, actors, and other production positions.
On set or in the office, PAs can be expected to handle the following responsibilities:
- Run errands
- Manage/order catering
- Provide around-the-set transportation
- Make and answer phone calls
The above is only a sample of what a PA can be asked to do. They are hired to do the tasks the other workers don’t want to do, or don’t have the time to do. In turn, this is the reason they are one of the most valuable members on the set.
There are no hard-set education or experience requirements for becoming a production assistant. Having said, the more related experience a PA has on their resume the higher their chances will be for landing a job. Those that are truly determined to make it into the film or television industries can pursue formal education by earning a degree in film, communications, or videography. While this doesn’t guarantee a job, it will improve an applicant’s desirability among other applying PAs.
The average salary and hourly rate of a PA is mainly dependent on 1) their experience, and 2) the budget of the production, and 3) whether the position is full-time or contracted. According to Salary.com, the average PA earns a salary of $30,296 to $32,979 a year.