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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You're Not Like Other Girls

On set last week, one very young man said with a twinge of awe upon meeting me, "You're the first girl AC I've ever seen." This slightly shocked me but also didn't. Often I am the only non-Hair/Makeup/Wardrobe female in the crew [Supplementary article1]. Often I'm at first mistaken for HMU, Cast, or Crafty, even with a full bag of obvious gear and cargo pants. People see what they want to see.

Women In Film Forum 2008
I'm not a terribly large or robust person, so once we get past that hiccup, the next stage is being asked if I'm okay to lift whatever item I have to lift as part of my job. At times it seems people are hesitant to venture whether I know anything at all (maybe I'm just there because I had on the cutest pants). Yes, crew, I can do what you do. No, I'm not like what you think the "other girls" you typically see on set are like.