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An anonymous producer wrote me an email to, as she put it, “vent.” But I think the perspective offered is extremely valuable, and offers a much-needed wake up call for many production assistants.
I started out as a PA myself – … Continue reading
Without a doubt, one of the most obnoxious jobs on any set is the “walkie PA.”
It’s not like handling the walkies is your entire job; in fact, that’s part of the problem. Checking walkies in and out, getting them repaired, … Continue reading
Giovanni writes in:
I’m eyeing a few productions that will shoot in Louisiana this summer. For an on location shoot, when does the hiring process usually start? Is it constantly ongoing? I assume it happens during pre-production but how far in … Continue reading
Unlike most of the crew, office production assistants don’t really need a kit. Occasionally, they have to bring their personal computer for work, but that’s about it. The production pays for everything else an office PA might need.
One of the … Continue reading
One of the most important factors in your day is the .
No, not that turn around.1 Jeez.
“Turn around” is the time you have between wrap one day and call time the next. The minimum required turn around varies from 12 … Continue reading
At the beginning of every show, everyone must fill out start work,1 yet a distressing number of people don’t know how to do it. I once had this conversation with a makeup artist who had more years in this industry … Continue reading
I wanted to ask you about applying for jobs that I’m on the borderline of being qualified for, but not really. Positions asking for a year of experience, familiarity with X Studio Pro or Other Program 2000. I have … Continue reading
Last week’s PA support group was so successful, I’d like to make it a regular thing. I’m inclined to hold it at a different location every month, so if it’s not close to you this time, it might be next … Continue reading
Things get lost. Like, all the time. Especially when you’re on the move.
Often times, we office PAs are sent to a previous location (or stage, if the crew is on location) to find lost items– a portable hard drive full … Continue reading