Hollywood 2019: Assistant in Industry Driven to Alcohol, Drug Use, Depression

Variety:

I read this morning an alarming report about assistants in Hollywood.

Around one in four assistants said the entertainment industry’s working conditions have prompted them to increasingly use drugs, alcohol and other substances, according to a #PayUpHollywood survey of over 1,500 support staffers shared exclusively with Variety.

Beyond the already significant burdens of long hours, low pay, and sky-rocketing living costs in Los Angeles, the pressures of the job are weighing on the mental health of many at the lowest, most vulnerable rung of the entertainment ladder.

According to the poll, which surveyed assistants at studios, agencies and production companies, 93% of those who responded reported that their job has led to an increase in anxiety, and 66% said they have been experiencing increased feelings of depression as a result of their work experiences.

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