WORKING ON A SOAP
By Jordana Lanz
The Prospect Studios is home to both General Hospital and Greys Anatomy. Although I knew working on the SOAP General Hospital would obviously involve some doctors, it took me a second to process the dozens of actors walking around the lot in scrubs on my first day. It would be my first time working as a production assistant, and I quickly had to learn the ins and outs of a daily airing network show. Although classes had prepared me, there was tons of lingo being thrown around that I’ve never heard of. When I initially realized the extent of my responsibilities I was definitely overwhelmed. I’ve worked jobs before where my attendance didn’t really make a difference. Here, I was responsible for copying and distributing all production materials to the directors, producers, hair and makeup, wardrobe, technical directors and every other department. These materials include director’s scripts, taping schedules, cast calls, contact sheets, replacement pages, breakdowns, mimeos, baby shows, and any other documents needed. If I make one mistake and forget to distribute any of those to one person, the production schedule would be delayed.
After the first few weeks I had gotten the hang of the everyday routine. It has been incredibly rewarding to work on a show where my role is essential, and to know that I can successfully work in a production office; the hub of a show.