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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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What So Good About Friday? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Union Holidays

Today is Good Friday, the day Catholics and Mainline Protestants commemorate the death of Jesus.
Good Friday is always the Friday before Easter, which is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
Why does this matter to … Continue reading

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You Need To Learn How To Write

I don’t mean you need to learn how to create believable characters and craft interesting stories.
I mean, you need to learn how to write legibly.
Even this late in the season (three days to go!), we get new crew members almost … Continue reading

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A High Class Problem: How to Choose Between Two Offers

Nick writes in:
I recently was called by a Production Coordinator I’ve worked with previously for an Office PA position on a TV show.  He mentioned the show’s producer/writer was also in need of an assistant, and if I preferred I … Continue reading

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Your First Day on Set

In case you missed it over the weekend, I wrote a guest post for the Work in Entertainment blog. If you’ve never worked on set, you should give it a read. It covers everything: where to go, who to talk … Continue reading

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What’s Taking So Long?

Different types of shows have their own rhythms.
Multi-camera shows build slowly, from a simple table read and maybe a rehearsal on day one, all the way up to the full-0n craziness of a 16 hour shoot night. Single-camera comedies can … Continue reading

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The Next TAPA Meetup Is Happening!

So this is going to be a monthly thing, now. We’ll all get together, get drunk, and complain about how little PAs get paid.
Because I really hate it when groups meet up at the same time at the same place … Continue reading

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Wrap Binders, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Wasting Paper

If you don’t know what wrap binders are, take a moment to bask in the beautiful bliss that is your ignorance. Your world is a magical one, but it is one I can be a part of no longer.
Wrap binders … Continue reading

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Looking for the Next Gig

First up: a reminder to check out the Kickstarter campaign for Crew Call.
On to the real topic of the day! Holly writes in with a question that a lot of people can probably relate to right about now:
With a little … Continue reading

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Coming to America

Jess writes in:
I’m an experienced production set, location and office runner in Britain (basically our equivalent of a PA, sure you know that…) with loads of credits in prime-time UK TV programmes.
I’ve wanted to work in the US since ‘always’ … Continue reading

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Crew Call: The Below-the-Line Podcast

I have officially launched the Kickstarter campaign for Crew Call: The Below-the-Line Podcast! And I couldn’t be more excited! Can’t you tell by all the exclamation points?!
Crew Call is just about the only place you’ll hear interviews with below-the-line crew; … Continue reading

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