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Youth of the week: Mea Rathana

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Mea Rathana finds her calling behind the camera. Photograph: supplied

Most ?ladies like working in an office with an air-conditioner which makes working much more comfortable. But running as a producer’s assistant, younger ladies have many duties.

At just 23, Mea Rathana, finds her choice of job can be difficult.

“Working as a producer’s assistant is not easy because it requires us to go out for to various shoots and their schedules can vary,’’ she said.

“Sometimes I have to be out for shooting till 11 pm or 12 am and it is not really good for a girl to travel back home at midnight.”

She has a lot duties such as locating places for filming, organising schedules, write and then edit words of presenters and oversee the budget.

“That’s just some of some of the tasks of a producer’s assistant and there are many more he or she has to complete ,” she says. “That’s why we have to be flexible and have a lot of knowledge.

“Nonetheless, it is quite surprising for a lady who studies other major subjects to work as a producer.

“I began working to find out what the media is about. I didn’t know what the media was and how it worked. I started to study everything about it without knowing anything about being a producer.”

She studied in law the Royal University of Law and Economics, but much of her work was volunteering. But Rathana wanted an income so she decided to work in art and media.

Rathana hoped to be a TV presenter but landed an acting job instead.

But she gave up her career as an actress and worked as producer’s assistant instead. She worked as actress only for two months because the acting is difficult and she doesn’t like performing. “I decided to change my career,’’ she says...

Though, Rathana does not work as actress anymore, she never moved away from in media and started at SEATV.

Her legal background helped her secure the more serious side of the entertainment business.

She loves the change and says it has taught her much more about in life.

“I have a few wishes in the future, I want to work with law, produce program and if it is possible, I also want to run a business by myself,” she says.

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