From Celebrity Assistant to Producer
Class of 2007 alum, Paige Klone, relocated to Hollywood after finishing her undergrad in Writing and Producing for Television at Columbia Chicago. Her LA journey began working as a celebrity personal assistant for David Koechner, Jamie Kennedy, and Jason Schwartzman, helping balance their professional and private worlds as well as assisting on film and television projects.
In 2017, Klone made a transition to project managing and producing for a production company that works closely with Iggy Azalea, ODEZA, Dillon Francis, NBC, and Disney. When she’s not busy making productions happen, Klone is out on castings as a comedian and actress.
With a career that requires exemplary creativity, stamina, and focus, Klone credits PiM for her drive. As she shared, “PiM taught me the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. To create something consistently every single day, bad or good, because the more you create, the more you’ll learn.”
In 2019, Paige Klone became a recipient of the Shift Creative Fund, allowing her to make the short film of her dreams.
“Bad Assistant,” starring Paige Klone and Jason Schwartzman, is the story of a personal assistant named Emilee whose washed-up celebrity boss, Parker St. Garrett, tasks her with moving a dead body for him. In addition to acting, Klone also produced and co-wrote the short.
When asked about the film’s origin, she shared, “Bad Assistant isn’t based on anyone I worked for. It’s more of an accumulation of my story and friends’ stories of what it’s like to work at the bottom of the barrel in Hollywood. It’s really important for me to share this perspective because the people who hold these types of jobs — personal assistants, nannies, PAs on set — don’t normally have a voice that’s heard or valued. Whether they’ve signed an NDA or simply internalized the culture of hush-hush bad behavior, they’re the silent enablers. Working a job that’s considered the bottom of the barrel always comes with consequences. To work your way up to having a voice, you don’t just need talent; you also need strength.” Bad Assistant is set to hit festivals late 2019/Early 2020.