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Category Archives: Finding a Job
I wanted to ask you about applying for jobs that I’m on the borderline of being qualified for, but not really. Positions asking for a year of experience, familiarity with X Studio Pro or Other Program 2000. I have … Continue reading
Holy crap, you guys! Somewhere between a hundred and two hundred are going to the TAPA readers’ convention1 on Sunday!
The official start time is 2:00pm, but I see no reason everyone should arrive right on time. I mean, seriously, you … Continue reading
Jaelin writes in:
What is your opinion of the PhD in regards to Film, Cinema, Production, and the like? I know I do not need one for my personal career aspirations but I have always wanted one because one of my … Continue reading
Cara writes in:
What are your thoughts on business cards, especially for a young person just starting out and looking to make contacts? I am planning on coming to your meet-up next Sunday. Are business cards appropriate there? What about just in … Continue reading
One of the most common questions1 I get asked is, “Where do I look for jobs?”
The first and best option is: people you know.
Every week or two that you’re out of work, you should email (or text, as appropriate) people … Continue reading
Do you feel I should always include references, or just if they specifically ask?
Short answer: Always.
Long answer: there’s no sense in saying “references available upon request.” They know that already. What kind of applicant won’t provide references?
You’re basically just making them take … Continue reading
Lauren writes in:
I know of two projects specifically that are being produced soon. (One is a feature adapted from a book, one is a new multi-camera sitcom.)
I REALLY want to work on set as a PA for either or both. Is … Continue reading
Hi TAPA! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but it has recently taken on more importance in my life.
I live right outside NYC and am trying to get jobs as a PA on some film or … Continue reading
An anonymous reader writes:
I’ve recently started working full-time as an “intern” for the president of production at a production company. I am the only intern in the office, making me an assistant really, rather than an intern. What makes me … Continue reading
Jackie writes in:
Any advice on how best to get the contact info for a production coordinator of a specific show?
Generally, it’s a know-someone-who-knows-someone kind of deal.
Think about it. If you have something that a lot of people want (a job … Continue reading