Myrna Kresh, has 30 years of experience working with emerging and established photographers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of New York, Myrna energized and expanded APNY’s Assistant and Emerging Photographer Programs and has a profound understanding of what it really takes to make it as a pro. Myrna is an industry insider, producing and representing visual artists, in their commercial and personal projects.
I work as a second assistant in a very cool studio for a busy young photographer. When we need extra hands for a larger job the first assistant does the hiring. He always chooses the best looking female 3rd assistant he can find, rather than the best qualified. I end up doing what would be her work AND mine, as he keeps her busy personally assisting him. I want to tell him that the studio is not his own personal dating service but I think I'll be screwed in moving up the studio work chain. I've heard the studio manager might be leaving to get married and settling in another city. In that case, I'd move to first assistant.Having to ignore his blatant misuse of power is making me crazy. What can I do?
Nuts in New York
Dear Nuts In New York,
You have good instincts to say nothing. In the chain of command you follow him you need to maintain a cordial friendship with him as long as you choose to be part of the studio. Put up with him if you want to stay in your job. When you move up to first assistant, make sure you do the hiring of additional hands, based on their ability rather than their availability as a date. You're a pro and the use and misuse of ‘power’ in the workplace is a reality you have to deal with.Bide your time, say nothing and do the right thing when it's your chance to do the hiring.
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