Assistant Buzz Creator Files: Sundance Film Festival Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3 of our Sundance Adventure was a whirlwind of events that blended together! For my blog’s sake, I wish I would have taken more pictures and maybe some notes that would help me make this post more interesting, but when you are rushing from event to event your mind is basically on autopilot trying to make sure that as an assistant you are doing what you can to make everyone else’s job go as smoothly as possible. Especially when things get crazy.

Being an assistant has many perks and is a really awesome gig overall, but like other jobs there’s the occasional not-so-awesome moments. Like, it wasn’t fun when the lady supervising some of the Sundance red carpet events decided that my team didn’t really need an assistant/social media rockstar there on the red carpet taking up space. She told them very matter-of-factly that she would let me in but that “they” were removing people that weren’t photographers, videographers, or hosts and that she “just wanted us to know.” Heeeello lady, did you not hear *Social Media Rockstar*? Who else is going to capture an instant glimpse of the event for the Instagram/Facebook/Twitter world to follow? Who else is going to run and get batteries when the camera is about to die? And who else is going to capture how hard the team is working and how great they are at their jobs?

Innovative thinking, Tim!
Innovative thinking, Tim!

She eyed me at each red carpet premiere we attended waiting for me to mess something up. At one event, I had to run out twice and grab some equipment from the car for the team. She promptly sent one of her minions to check my credentials when I came back in. Really? It was the middle of the event! You saw me walk in with the crew and set up just like you did at the other red carpets we were at…

Well, as I like to say sometimes: I ain’t mad at her. I think what she needs is an assistant.Then she can appreciate how awesome we are 🙂 .

I did mention that there were perks right? I don’t normally get star struck at these events but being a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan  it is difficult to contain my inner fan girl when I encounter a Buffy-alum. That show pretty much made my life.No biggie.

On day two and three of our Sundance adventure we covered the Echoes for Hope 8th Annual Celebrity Shootout. Echoes for Hope is an amazing organization which “strives to awaken the spirit of hope in the lives of emancipated foster youth and youth in need by providing the resources, knowledge, skills, love, and support they need to reach their full potential. ” Many celebrities came out to support this event, and one of them was David Boreanez aka Angel! I was so nervous when I introduced myself to him that I don’t remember what I said. According to Tim, I shook his hand and said “Hi, I’m Jamie and I think you’re amazing. I’m a huge Buffy fan.”  To which he replied, “Thanks, so am I.” I, of course don’t remember anything but choking when I had the golden opportunity to ask him to take a picture with me. However, Tim managed to captured a great photo of me with David in the background.


I think this photo sums up what I do. When you are not in front of the camera, behind the camera, or photographing the event, you see things from a different angle. I’m learning how to anticipate anything before it happens so maybe I can help the team capture something different, or help make their jobs a little easier. At least that’s what I hope I do. It’s not always easy being an assistant, but it sure is fun! Especially with a team like the Pulse of San Diego! Check out more in-depth coverage of day two and three of Sundance here.


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