How Designers Use (and Misuse) Assistants

Lighting designer Brian MacDevitt says his "spoils me rotten." A scene shop owner calls production designer David Jenkins' "the fastest pencil in the East." Costume designer Gabriel Berry thinks many of them negotiate with shops better than she does.

Assistants. Some designers hire them to take over humdrum tasks. Others view them as fellow artists. Some can't get along without them. Others can't get along with them. Most busy designers, however, rely on at least one "second in comman

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