Monthly Archives: September 2010

Demo Reel

Jordan recently commented on an old post about cover letters:
Is it presumptuous to include a demo reel link in a resume if it is relevant?

“If it is relevant,” I don’t imagine it would be presumptuous, but I can’t imagine a … Continue reading

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Single Parents

Ki recently commented on an older post:
I know that PA have long work hours. Do you think that it a single parent could handle this job?
I’m not sure how to address this question with my usual sardonic wit. Being a single … Continue reading

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90% of success

Script Goddess had a fun post last week about filling as an AD on a commercial. This passage in particular caught my attention:
Day 3 Exterior House. My first time directing trucks and production vehicles. As I was arriving at the … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Doormat

Something I neglected to mention in yesterday’s post– There must be, unfortunately, a limit to a PA’s kindness. Certain departments (I’m just gonna come right out and say it’s usually costumes) like to take advantage of friendly production assistants, if you’re not … Continue reading

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Focus

Jared commented on yesterday’s post:
I generally pick favorites and cater to them. There’s just no way i’m going to make everyone happy, so why try?  When lunch is in my hands I cater to my bosses (POC, APOC,) and the … Continue reading

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Lunch “Break”

I’m a people pleaser, which is why ordering lunch is very stressful for me.
On most shows, the office will eat off the catering truck, like the rest of the crew. But that only works if the company is on … Continue reading

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The Factory Floor

Rachel writes:
First off I love your blog!  It’s comforting to hear that another PA is dealing with the same stuff I deal with.
I have been working as a PA for the past year on different reality shows.  My resume is … Continue reading

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We Were Driving, Driving in Your Car

Colin commented on the bus story:
I’ve been living & working in LA for almost 2 years now, car-less… Yes it can be more complicated, but as a working cinematographer/director on small projects, I find people either give me transportation, (or … Continue reading

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PA vs. Intern

Haley commented recently:
Thanks for your Blog of awesomeness!
So, I just got an interview to be an Art Dept. intern on a new Showtime series (yay!), and I had two questions for you. 1) What is the difference between a PA … Continue reading

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It’s Not All About You

Not long ago, I was working casting on a reality show.  It’s very different from (read: “less professional than“) a scripted show.  In scripted, the actors have scheduled appointments; they have scenes that they’re supposed to have prepared; they’re polite, but … Continue reading

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