Author Archives: The Anonymous Production Assistant

About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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

Don’t Call People “Cunt”

You’d think that would go unsaid, but apparently not.
Xaviar wrote me on Facebook:
Enjoying your site I,m a comedy writer, stand up artist, & have a business which I label as a “Comedy Resource Specialist providing all comedy services. I … Continue reading

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Where Should I Spend My Money?

Carlos writes in:
I have been working at an office for a little over a year now. In that time, I have managed to save approximately $5,000. I have since quit my boring office-job and am planning to make the move … Continue reading

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A Jogger’s Query

Joe, who is healthier than either you or me, writes in:
I’ve worked as a PA, as an AD, and Location Assistant, which has all been fantastic and what I’ve read on your site has been very helpful.
I’ve found myself in … Continue reading

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Commercials on Your Resume

Marigrace writes in:
I’ve been working as a post-production assistant at the same post production facility for a little over a year. This house specializes in advertising post-production, so I’ve worked on a ton of commercials this past year.
I’m wondering how … Continue reading

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Taking Advantage

So there you are, working your ass off as a PA, running around and doing ridiculous tasks that you will never be able to properly explain to your parents.
You love what you do as much as you hate it and … Continue reading

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Technical Difficulties

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It had to happen some time, folks. Twenty amazing episodes, and then PPPBLLT. Due to technical difficulties, there will be no Crew Call this week.
I could explain to you what went wrong,1 but I … Continue reading

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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.
And it’s … Continue reading

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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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