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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

Yeah, right, like I'm going to tell you.

There’s Nothing Wrong With Ambition

Your script probably isn’t very good. Even if it is good, probably no one will read it. Even if they do read it, they probably won’t give you the money to make it. Even if they give you the money … Continue reading

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Why No One Gives a Shit About Your Student Film

On last Friday’s blog post, I wrote:
Directing a student film doesn’t really count for anything.
As long as it’s clearly labeled as a student film section [on your resume], you can include your directing and producing credits. Just understand it’s not … Continue reading

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Resume Categories

Gina writes in:
I’ve been looking up production resumes and I was wondering whether it’s best to organize my jobs by type (film, tv, commercial, etc) or position (pa, designer, director, etc)?
Love your website, thanks for being so diligent in updating.
To … Continue reading

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Why Won’t He Call Me Back?

Ellis writes in:
Newly minted PA here and I need some help with networking. Several crew members have given me their numbers and encouraged me to reach out and stay in touch.
Here is the problem: Some respond and others don’t. For … Continue reading

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Super Secret Blog Post

This whole Patreon thing seems to be working out. More than 50 patrons are supporting TAPA! They’re contributing well over $400 per month to keep the site going. Thanks so much, you guys!
One of the reasons I started writing for … Continue reading

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Who Do You Work For?

Judging by the comments on last week’s post, I’ve been a little too cute when discussing the question of who you work for. The truth is, there are several valid answers, depending on what you really want to know.
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Does a Criminal Record Affect Your Job Prospects?

Ellie writes in:
I love your blog! It’s a great source of information and so entertaining.
I’m interested in becoming a PA (I’m sure you hear that alot). However, I made some bad choices in my past (6-8 years ago). I now … Continue reading

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The Company Car

Carl responded to Friday’s post:
Fine for commuting if the PA wants, but if I were the UPM or Producer of the show, there would be a rule that a motorcycle could not be used for company runs at any time. … Continue reading

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Can a PA Ride a Motorcycle?

Felicia writes in:
I have a vehicle question. I understand that the aspiring P.A. absolutely must have a set of wheels. My question is: on a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being “god’s own chariot,” 10 being “the bus,” … Continue reading

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Negotiating Your Rate

Brie writes in:
Would you consider trying to negotiate a higher pay rate for a full-time PA gig?
The backstory: I’m interviewing with a prod. co here in NYC — they’re offering $150 a day (which is pretty good by any standard … Continue reading

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