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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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Debating Actors

There’s an old TAPA post about wrangling extras that still gets comments from time to time, because it has some unflattering things to say about background actors.
Extras are basically untalented actors… They tend to not listen to instruction, dawdle, or … Continue reading

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So You Want to Become a Suit

Jessica asks:
First of all, thank you so much for all that you do. I am incredibly grateful for everything your blog and all of the information you provide. You are awesome.
I have lived in LA for 5 years now—began as … Continue reading

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Being an Actor Is Really Hard

Gina writes in:
Hey there !
I hope you’re having a great Memorial Day weekend. I stumbled across your blog today while job searching. I am an actress trying to get started out in LA and working my booty off to pay … Continue reading

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How To Make an Appointment When You Don’t Know Your Schedule

wonderingeyeoftheeverydaytraveler commented on Friday’s post:
Unless you’ve all found weekend hours ( do you even get weekends in the biz?) for this kind of thing, what about sick time for important stuff like doctor/dentist appointments?
On most shows, you won’t know what … Continue reading

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Calling in Sick

Joey writes in:
A few days ago, I was referred to day play on a TV series by someone I had PA’d for once before, which I was really excited about. That morning, I woke up with the worse flu I’ve … Continue reading

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The Final Stretch

The good people at Bebee lights have decided to sponsor Crew Call at the studio level. That puts us at slightly over halfway to our goal!
If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve seen Night Lights by Bebee, even if you … Continue reading

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The Final Stretch

The good people at Bebee lights have decided to sponsor Crew Call at the studio level. That puts us at slightly over halfway to our goal!
If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve seen Night Lights by Bebee, even if you … Continue reading

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Your Money Or Your Life

About a month ago, I received an email with the subject line, “Working on a low-budget feature…” I immediately thought, Uh-oh, because nobody ever writes me to say, “I’m working on this indie film, but despite its low budget, everyone … Continue reading

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Production Assistants Doing Union Work

Last week to support Crew Call! Contribute today.
A reader, who I’ll call Ivan, wrote in about a tricky situation. I’m going to modify some of the details, to keep Ivan’s identity a secret, but the gist is the same–
I’ve been … Continue reading

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What’s Important in Your Resume

Marcel writes in:
In the area I live a lot of potential film work has recently popped up the local film registry. With that I am reformatting my resume to make it more appealing. I have done a significant amount of … Continue reading

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