Monthly Archives: November 2011

You’re Fired

Shawn writes:
Great “Goldilocks” blog entry and a fine job as always. How often is it that people get fired over such contradictions, especially for infractions like ordering too much food. (I mean, who doesn’t like leftovers?)
In my experience, very few … Continue reading

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The Last PA

At the beginning of the show that I’m currently on, I wrote about the special role of the First PA – the first PA hired, the first PA to endear himself to the hearts and minds of the higher-ups.
Now, as … Continue reading

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Another Conversation I Have Nearly Every Day

This happens all the time. If this is you, please, do everyone a favor and stop it.

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Does My Degree Matter?

Bumbling British Boy asks:
Would a degree somewhat removed from the end product be detrimental or could I, as I hope, not-so-simply segue into the Production Designer pathway with some cunning career feng-sui?
When I first got to the Overpriced Film School, … Continue reading

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Try Harder

On my way to interview for my first job in Hollywood (as a PA, natch), I got a flat tire. I was just cruising along Ventura Blvd., listening to KROQ, thinking about how I finally had a chance to put … Continue reading

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New Job Postings

There are some new job opportunities on the TAPA Job Postings page.
If you’re a coordinator, AD, or department head who’d like to post a job notice, just email me, anonymousproductionassistant at gmail dot com.

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Waiting for Scripts

Sheila writes:
I’m the third PA on [show]. When I started, it was great – I felt like I have a leg up by having a gig in the first place. Plus, we almost never shot nights, and I was only … Continue reading

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Remember, Remember, the Ninth of November

What kind of job have you got?
I know of no reason,
Why the UTA Joblist…on
Should ever be forgot.

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Dream a Little Dream of… Production

Max writes:
Do you ever get what I call PA dreams? What happens to me is that during weeks with particularly high levels of stress, I have reoccurring dreams in which I’m aware that it’s 3AM and yet also aware that … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know Where I’m Going… Is That Okay?

L. writes:
I’ve been PA’ing on sets for a while now and it’s gotten to the point where I have PM’s or producers asking me what area I want to PA in. Does it look bad if I’m not sure and … Continue reading

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