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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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

Mail Boxes

Here’s a weird conversation I had recently.
A teamster came in and asked to check his . He wanted to make sure his paycheck was going to his P.O. box, rather than his home.
Curious, I asked, “Why don’t you want it … Continue reading

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Aiming for a Specific Company

Krithika writes in:
I am based in India. At this point, I do not have a US work permit. But I really want to work with a few specific companies in the US, Shondaland being the top of the wishlist.
How should … Continue reading

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The Importance of Variety

No, not the magazine. I mean variety in food.
As a PA, food will unfortunately take up quite a bit of your brainspace. It can be frustrating, because you didn’t go to film school to become a caterer, right?
Often times, this … Continue reading

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Music Video Shoot

No post today, because I’m PAing on a music video for the first time today. I’m actually kind of excited.
Anybody have any advice for me for once?

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Working at a Rental Place

Sorry, no Crew Call episode today. We conducted an interview, but the recording got messed up.1 Instead, here’s a regular ol’ blog post.
Lana writes in:
I currently work at a camera rental house and am constantly in communication with production coordinators … Continue reading

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Not Personable

Em writes in:
I’m terrible at networking, which is a great hindrance on the progress of my career. I have a lot of social anxiety especially when I first meet someone. Just the thought of a meetup with a bunch of … Continue reading

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No College Degree

Jen writes in:
I’ve been a PA, Set Dresser, Costume Assistant, and Location Scout on films, commercials, and photo shoots. I’m thinking of moving to LA soon. My goal is to be a writer. I thought the best way to start, … Continue reading

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What’s the Secret to Comedy?

Melanie writes in:
I’m currently in a situation where I’ll need a new job in January. I can’t start any earlier because of prior commitments. I’m primarily looking for work at one of the networks. I know that it may be … Continue reading

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November Networking at the One Up

Once again, TAPA is teaming up with Film Industry LA (and their organizer David Mendez) to co-host another Industry-wide mixer.
Sunday, November 23rd, we’ll be gathering at The One Up, which describes itself as “a bizarre Love Triangle between a cool … Continue reading

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Transportation Coordinator Michael Perrotti

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Today’s guest is one of my favorite people in the world, even though he doesn’t know I’m me.1
Michael Perrotti has been a transportation coordinator since before I even had a license. He’s done movie, … Continue reading

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