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Long ago, I wrote the best answer to any failure on your part is, “It won’t happen again.” More recently, I explained why “I didn’t know” is a problematic answer.
But do you know what the worst answer is? “I didn’t … Continue reading
No advice, today. Just a feel-good story about some folks who are just like you, trying to make it in the Industry. Here’s the trailer for Breaking and Entering, a web series about Hollywood assistants–
For those of you not in … Continue reading
Adam writes in:
I have jury duty coming up soon. How do you handle this as a PA that can’t really miss work – professionally and financially? Have you had to work around that yet?
I know the feeling.
If you’re on a … Continue reading
Michael Taylor is an old curmudgeon, but at least he admits that he is a curmudgeon, cf. this week’s Blood Sweat, and Tedium. In it, he complains about the ubiquitous use of cell phones, not just on sets, but everywhere … Continue reading
Gee, I’m getting a lot of set questions lately. J.G. writes in:
I would also love suggestions for the types of shoes/sneakers that are most comfortable for those 14+ hour days on set? Are those custom shoe inserts worth the cost? … Continue reading
I’m starting my first set PA job on a big-time scripted cable TV drama. I was just told that I’m the one who is going to oversee background (extras). I’m guessing I will be in charge of the non-union … Continue reading
What’s a good line to give someone during lock up and they’ve just asked what authority you have to keep them from walking into your shot?
For the uninitiated (which is most of you; why else are you reading the … Continue reading
I was wondering if you have any advice on the right way to go about interacting with big name celebrities on set. Some people say to not talk to them and just be there for when you are needed, … Continue reading
Every boss wants you to be proactive, to take care of things without checking with them every five minutes, to figure things out for yourself.
Except, of course, when they don’t.
Every once in awhile, I run into a situation like the … Continue reading