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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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Will I Be a PA Forever?

This week, I begin my third season as a production assistant for a TV show that’s not-quite a hit. Which is why the show is going to end and I’ll be right back where I was three years ago.
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Trick Question

It’s less common than “What’s your biggest weakness?” but I’ve had several interviewers ask this– “What’s the worst experience you’ve had on a show?”
This is one of those times when honesty is not the best policy.
You see, what they’re really … Continue reading

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Are You a PA? Do You Want to be Anonymous?

It’s that time again. Time to pass the TAPA torch.
I’m not going to go away permanently, but the month of October is going to be really busy for me (in a good way!).
If you’re an experienced PA with a point … Continue reading

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Line Producer Ryan Murphy

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Today’s guest is Ryan Murphy. No, not the creator of Glee and American Horror Story. He’s above the line.
Our Ryan Murphy is a line producer, with Danger Close Media. Don’t let the word “producer” … Continue reading

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Should I Stay in Los Angeles?

Ken writes:
I just graduated from film school and moved to LA like various people advised me to do. Now, I’m here and looking for nearly any PA job I can find (yay having little to no experience…) and what I … Continue reading

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Asking Too Many Questions

Tara writes in:
I just graduated from college and got my first job as a Production Assistant for a talk show. I’ve done some freelance PAing and the biggest problem I seem to have is that I can’t find the balance … Continue reading

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Editor Scott Powell

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  Our guest today is an Emmy-nominated editor: Scott Powell. Scott has cut such shows as 24, Person of Interest, and Hawaii Five-0 (the new one; he’s not that old).
There’s still time to enter … Continue reading

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The Future of Networking Is Here

People often write in that they’ve just moved to Los Angeles, and they don’t know how to meet people.
Well, first of all, you should come to the TAPA Networking Event this weekend!
But there’s not a TAPArty every weekend, you say? … Continue reading

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#NotAllDirectors

There’s still time to win box seats at the Staples Center, thanks to CAPS Payroll.
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Evan G decided to respond to a six-year-old post about an asshole director. I wasn’t around at the time, but as the current keeper … Continue reading

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The Thermostat

It’s that time of year, at least in Los Angeles, when it’s a hundred and fuck degrees outside, so all the guys in the office decide to set the thermostat to 67.1
It sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I’m … Continue reading

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