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About The Anonymous Production Assistant

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

Should I Start as an Office PA or a Set PA?

Raisa writes in:
I just started interning on an independent film and the producer has asked me whether I want to be on set or in the office. This is my first time working in the industry so I don’t know … Continue reading

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Production Supervisor Kelley Sims

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Our guest today, Kelley Sims, has had a long a varied career– from actor to accountant to production supervisor to, most recently, co-producer.
These are the kinds of jobs you don’t necessarily dream about when … Continue reading

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10 Mistakes New Production Assistants Should Avoid

If you want to know what a PA does, you’ve come to the right place. Various TAPAs have been telling you what to do for a long time. You can still buy the TAPA T-shirt with the definition of a … Continue reading

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Visual Effects Data Integration Lead Viki Chan

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Today’s guest has a job you’ve probably never heard of– Viki Chan is a Data Integration Lead in the visual effects department. She’s worked on such big film as The Curious Case of Benjamin … Continue reading

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Show Title or Job Title?

Today’s a good day to buy a t-shirt, don’t you think?
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Mitch writes in:

My current predicament is probably a caviar problem.
I got hired to PA on a network talk show earlier this year, which was great, I really enjoyed … Continue reading

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Let Me Get Back to You II

It’s the last week to buy your TAPA T-shirt! Wear it to the next TAPArty.
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Last week, I wrote a post titled Let Me Get Back to You.
Reader Sam (an assistant production supervisor, so you should listen to him)1 … Continue reading

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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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