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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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Next TAPA Networking Event – Free Drinks With TAPA!

You read that right, free drinks!
Gratafy is the app that lets you send drinks, dinner and more as gifts to your friends, from local bars and restaurants. Download it for free in the app store before or at the TAPA networking … Continue reading

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Stunt Rigger Joe Ross

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Today’s guest is a stunt rigger, and also a co-owner of Action Factory Stunts.
Joe Ross started out as a stunt man at stunt shows (what he calls “Blade Runner meets Cirque Du Soleil,” which … Continue reading

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Let Me Get Back To You

There’s certain key phrases every PA should know: “Yes.” (Except when the answer is No.) “It won’t happen again.” “It’s Thursday. Yes, payroll checks are coming today.”
Here’s another one to add to your quiver: “I’ll look into that.”
Just like your … Continue reading

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Don’t Move!

This is a long post. Before you read it, check out the funny production assistant t-shirt I’m selling. It’s pretty great.
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I have a hard time getting into the Emmys. Unlike, say, the Oscars, there are way too many … Continue reading

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Is It Too Late to Start?

John writes in with a few questions:
Should I find out who the production coordinator is before I start sending out cover letters?
I graduated film school but have no paying job experience or internships. I’m twenty-four, am I too old to … Continue reading

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Stuntwoman Anna Mercedes Morris

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Have you ever run at full speed in stiletto heels? Fallen down stairs in a minidress? Been lit on fire? If so, your weekends are a lot more interesting than mine.
Or, you’re a stuntwoman, … Continue reading

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The Definition of a Production Assistant

A lot of people asked why I don’t sell TAPA T-shirts. Honestly, it’s because I couldn’t think of anything clever or interesting, like Dollygrippery’s Ascent of Man-style shirt.
Well, that’s all changed!
Introducing the first TAPA Tee! The Definition of a Production … Continue reading

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Non-Union Grip & Electric Chandler Forbes

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In Los Angeles, the various departments are very distinct. In smaller markets, the lines can be a lot fuzzier.
That’s why we’re speaking today with Chandler Forbes, a grip and electrician from Grand Rapids, MI– … Continue reading

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What If This ISN’T What I Want to Do With My Life?

Laura responded to yesterday’s post:
I don’t want to be the one comment here that sh*ts on your point,1 but I have been in this reader’s position for at least 4 years now and have come across some additional problems after … Continue reading

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Career Crisis

An anonymous reader1 writes in:
I’ve been an appreciative reader of the APA blog for several years, throughout which I also worked in television and film development and production as a production assistant. I originally went into the industry because I … Continue reading

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