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The Invisible Army - From The Presidents

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Producing is the ultimate team sport. There’s no way we could deliver our products to studios and networks without the help of a small army of dedicated industry pros, craftspeople, administrators and assistants. Similarly, there’s no way that the PGA could deliver all of the benefits and programming its members enjoy without an equally professional and dedicated team. Of course, the big difference is that the teams on our sets, production offices and editing suites are paid for their work. But the dozens of PGA committee chairs and hundreds of volunteers perform their Guild service for zero compensation. They do their PGA work for the same reasons we do—out of love for the Guild and their sincere belief in its mission.

Flip through the pages of this magazine, and you’ll see bits and pieces of the work they do. The PGA members making valuable career connections at our east coast Job Forum (see page 29), for instance, didn’t just happen into a room filled with potential employers. That event was the product of months of planning by the PGA East Employment Committee, locating a venue, recruiting employers, maintaining RSVP lists, coordinating communications with attendees, special guests and the PGA office, and of course, staying late on a Monday night to run the event in person.

No one paid those members after they went home that Monday night. They didn’t even know they were going to be featured in this issue of Produced By, let alone be singled out in our column. They did that work simply because they cared enough, because they wanted to give back. That volunteer spirit animates every single PGA event, from the annual holiday party to the most intimate seminar.

When we produce movies and TV series, we have the benefit of being able to see a lot of the hard work happening right in front of us, and in the end, those people can point to their names in the credits. But the essential work of PGA volunteers is more dispersed and, unfortunately, more anonymous. When we stop a moment to consider the incredible constellation of PGA events and programs, and behind each of them, the cluster of hardworking members who put their shoulders to the wheel to create value for their colleagues, we are truly humbled and inspired.

The next time you go to a PGA event, we’d like to ask you to do two things. First, introduce yourself to a volunteer. Learn their name and thank them sincerely for their work. And the second thing—on the way home, as you think about the event you just attended and the ways it might help your career, ask yourself: What can I share with my fellow producers?

We bet you’ll have a good answer. And we’ll look forward to hearing from you.

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