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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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Don’t Use an Email That Ends in .edu

The headline says it all.
I’m a little surprised it has to be said, but it’s come up a lot recently while fixing up readers’ resumes. Several people have left their .edu address on their resume.
In a way, I sort of … Continue reading

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Outliers

Pam commented on yesterday’s post:
Eli Roth was a production assistant who made connections and found success as a writer/director/producer. Bill Hader was a production assistant who went on to be a regular on SNL. The list goes on… it all … Continue reading

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Fake Address

Erica writes in:
First, I want to thank you for all of your awesome advice– I know it’s greatly appreciated by your readers and once-blind-wanderers like myself.
Secondly, I want to ask about getting work before moving down to LA. I know … Continue reading

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Big Announcement

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When you work in production (and if you’re reading this blog, I assume you either do or want to), plans change all the time. As the saying goes, the reed bends with the wind, … Continue reading

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Motherhood in the Industry – Part III: Working after Childbirth

This is the last of a three-part series, written by a guest TAPA who has some actual life experience that I don’t.
I would advise you to be physically strong to help get you through childbirth. Childbirth is a very crazy … Continue reading

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Motherhood in the Industry – Part II: Pregnant and Working

This is the second in a three-part series, written by a guest TAPA who has some actual life experience that I don’t.
If you plan to work through your pregnancy, my “let’s get real” advice is this: do not announce your … Continue reading

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Motherhood in the Industry – Part I

This is the first in a three-part series, written by a guest TAPA who has some actual life experience that I don’t.
I am a twenty-something married woman who is a new mom with a three-month-old. I live in SoCal and … Continue reading

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Managing Your Time

Ashley writes in:
I’ll be moving to LA in the next few months to chase my dream of becoming a screenwriter. I’m also interested in production, though, and have thought about working on set starting as a PA. I’ve read that … Continue reading

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Can They NOT Hire Me?

A soldier who wishes to remain anonymous writes in:
I am a soldier of the US Army Reserve. I am obligated to give one weekend per month and two weeks a year to the Army. I am also an experienced set … Continue reading

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How Many Languages Do YOU Speak?

I had a coordinator once who was Vietnamese. She’s been in America for a couple of decades, so she didn’t have much of an accent, but she still occasionally got colloquialisms wrong. For instance, she would say, “Do you grab … Continue reading

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