Category Archives: Finding a Job

Resume Categories

Gina writes in:
I’ve been looking up production resumes and I was wondering whether it’s best to organize my jobs by type (film, tv, commercial, etc) or position (pa, designer, director, etc)?
Love your website, thanks for being so diligent in updating.
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Does a Criminal Record Affect Your Job Prospects?

Ellie writes in:
I love your blog! It’s a great source of information and so entertaining.
I’m interested in becoming a PA (I’m sure you hear that alot). However, I made some bad choices in my past (6-8 years ago). I now … Continue reading

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How to Get Your First Job as a Hollywood Assistant

I recently discovered the website Any Possibility, mostly because they linked to TAPA on a recent post.
It’s written by Sam Wilson, an experienced assistant at several literary1 agencies. I know of lot of readers, like me, want to be represented … Continue reading

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Open Crew Calls

Steph writes in:
I was wondering if it was a bad idea to submit an Office PA resume/cover letter to an open crew call that says all positions welcome to apply. Or are they only wanting Set PA, Art PA inquiries? … Continue reading

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The Anonymous Production Assistant Book

The Anonymous Production Assistant has been around for eight years. Eight years. That means, if you’re graduating from film school now, this blog has been going since you were in junior high.
In that time, there has been over a thousand … Continue reading

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That Special Connection

Aaron writes in:
 I work for a writer (I walk her dogs), and she knows that I want to be a writer, as well. She used to work at one of the major networks, and has sold several scripts.
She has told … Continue reading

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A Concise Explanation of How To Make It in Hollywood

I woke up the other day with the most amazing comment on the UTA joblist page. It’s short, but amazingly helpful. I’m a little mad I didn’t write it myself.
As someone who moved to LA in 2010 from another state … Continue reading

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As If PAs Didn’t Have Enough Problems, Now Scammers Are Targeting Us

Ugh. Some people are just assholes.
A few weeks ago, I answered a question from reader Brian about per diem. Something that stood out to several readers was the phrase “$500 per diem.” That’s a ridiculously high per diem, so I … Continue reading

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Peak Job Opportunities

If you hadn’t heard the good news, I’m happy to be the first to tell you. In 2015, there were 409 scripted television series. That’s not reality, news, MOWs, specials, soaps, or kids shows.
John Landgraf calls this “peak TV,” and … Continue reading

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The Name That Goes on Your Resume

What name should you put at the top of your resume? You’d think the answer would be obvious, but it does come up from time to time in my resume service, so I thought it bore writing about.
The name you … Continue reading

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