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Hilarious/awful job posted on Playbill to assist

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broadway_show_fan
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This was passed along to me from a friend who saw it from a friend.

The job posting is for an actor's assistant. Check out the salary and duties. And the description of the actor plus the contact email. I don't know how to post a picture or else I'd post a screenshot, but here's the link:
http://m.playbill.com/jobs/find/job_detail/47545.html

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Assist a Broadway, TV, and Film Star

Company: TTC
Category: Administrative

Start Date: 10/25/2012
Paid: yes
Salary: $10/hr plus lunch

Description:
Six-time Tony and Emmy nominated actor seeks intelligent, motivated, high-energy part time assistant.

Assistant must speak and write grammatically correct fluent English, be highly computer/iPod/iPad/iPhone/internet fluent, and able to type accurately at least 60 wpm. Assistant must have a valid United States driverís license and be comfortable driving and parking in Manhattan. Assistant will be available to run lines with Actor and run errands for Actor daily and sometimes with the car from first day of work.

During the run of any theatre or film projects, Assistant will prepare actor for each engagement, settle her in her dressing room or apartment, and pack up actorís belongings at the end of the engagement.

Some light cooking/meal preparation, simple cleaning and organizing, occasional light sewing, steaming/ironing, driving in New York and environs with a valid United States license, type/computer skills, wardrobe prep and maintenance, dealing with correspondence, mail, bills.

Confidentiality agreement signed from first day of work.


Response Method(s):
Contact: TF Assistant
By Email: TovahAssistant@gmail.com
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Hmm... guess who it might be?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tovah_Feldshuh#Awards_and_nominations

Apparently, the listing has been changed since the original posting so that it's more anonymous.
http://www.playbill.com/jobs/find/job_detail/47545.html
Now the bottom says:

Contact:

[Name Withheld]
anon-047545-1349983169@anon.playbill.com
Response Method(s):
By Email

But perhaps she should learn that once it's out there, it's out there for good!



Updated On: 10/16/12 at 10:21 AM
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LizzieCurry
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WOW, $10 an hour!! Ha!

BTW, to post a screenshot, just upload it to tinypic or imageshack and paste in the direct URL into the "Optional Image" field when making a post.
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PatrickDennis92
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This is way more hilarious than the ad I saw last year for a free internship working for Susan Sarandon's personal assistant.
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egghumor
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TF's former asst. had to leave for mental health reasons after repeatedly watching her boss rehearse "Rose's Turn."
bobs3
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I pay my cleaning lady more than TF pays her PA.
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Kad
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The original wording only used female pronouns in reference to the assistant-to-be.
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broadway_show_fan
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I believe the only feminine pronouns used are "her" in reference to the actor, not the assistant-to-be:

"During the run of any theatre or film projects, Assistant will prepare actor for each engagement, settle her in her dressing room or apartment, and pack up actorís belongings at the end of the engagement."
bobs3
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I will bet it is a $10/hour flat rate -- no overtime pay. I see a lawsuit in the making and a big fine from the New York State Department of Labor.



Updated On: 10/16/12 at 12:45 PM
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Kad
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That's from the revised listing. An earlier one used "her" in reference to the assistant.
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broadway_show_fan
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Oh boy. I didn't know that that was already a revised version.
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Art has a double face, of expression and illusion.
Wilmingtom
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But it does, in all fairness, include lunch. Will that effect the DOL's investigation?
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Jordan Catalano
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We Jews really are cheap, huh?
bobs3
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By lunch -- does she mean a can of generic tuna and a couple of matzo crackers?



Updated On: 10/16/12 at 01:11 PM
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Jordan Catalano
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Well the job description lists "light cooking" so I'd assume whatever it is, youre cooking it yourself.
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givesmevoice
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I will bet it is a $10/hour flat rate -- no overtime pay. I see a lawsuit in the making and a big fine from the New York State Department of Labor.

Sounds very similar to the way many nannies are paid.
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broadway_show_fan
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maybe for lunch you can do the tuna and matzo and sample some yourself, but for dinner you have to cook and you don't get to reap any of the benefits.
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madbrian
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For assistants paid a weekly salary, about how much does it work out to per hour? I know the $10 per hour sounds meager, but not knowing how much assistants get paid and assuming ridiculously long hours, I wonder if the net effect is significant.
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Mildred Plotka
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She needs an assistant to sync her ipod/ipad?
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Playbilly
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Lighten up guys, it's only a part-time job.

TF seems like a character that gets bumped off on L&O:CI.
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Jordan Catalano
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Maybe she needs someone to shave her before a red carpet premiere. Should I post the picture? LOL
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Wee Thomas2
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I misread that as "shave her red carpet"

Heavens to Betsy!

If the assistant is lucky and sneaky and possibly but maybe not but then again maybe gay, they might get an Associate Producer credit on a future B'way production
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Jordan Catalano
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Does she refer to her landing strip as the red carpet?
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Playbilly
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So...who's going to apply and report back? I nominate Jordan.

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Updated On: 10/16/12 at 02:40 PM
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Vespertine1228
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I've never worked as an assistant, but I have many friends who've done it. Specifically for old female New York types like Tovah. (Please note that I don't necessarily mean Jewish.)

All of them, and I mean all of them, were severely underpaid. Somewhere in the $10-$15 an hour territory to do a laundry list of ridiculous things. I don't know why rich people think they'll get great help for cheap rates. You can make the same amount of money at FAO Schwartz or Best Buy.

That being said, I find it pretty hilarious that this was on Playbill.
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egghumor
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The ad reminds me of the high-camp classic TORCH SONG where Broadway star Joan Crawford has a personal assistant that acts as stenographer, run lines with her at night AND cooks lamb chops for her as well.

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