Category Archives: Off-Topic

How to Write

“A pretty stenographer that you’ve seen before comes into the room and you watch her—idly. She doesn’t see you although you’re very close to her. She takes off her gloves, opens her purse, and dumps it out on the table—”
Stahr … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer Hiatus

It’s hiatus, which means I have a lot of time on my hands. If you’re in the same situation, I thought I’d offer some suggestions of what you could do with your time.
First of all, I’m trying to catch up … Continue reading

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Post-Graduate Degrees & Another Kickstarter Movie

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

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Breaking and Entering (This Post Is Not What You Think)

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

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So, I Have This Weird Idea…

I was thinking it might be fun to create a TAPA webcomic. Sometimes, words just aren’t enough to convey the craziness and stupidity on set. A weekly or bi-weekly comic would be another way to show future PAs what they’re … Continue reading

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Fred Savage and CBS Can Go to Hell

I know what you guys are thinking. You read the story on Deadline about CBS buying the rights to a blog about life as a Hollywood assistant, with plans to turn it into a pilot. By now, you know that … Continue reading

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I Saved Latin

This is how I feel about the haters in the comment threads:
While I appreciate the feedback, it’s tough to take you seriously when your email address is “MovieMan94@hotmail.com”.

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UTA Joblist and Podcast

The new UTA list is up on the site.
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One of the hosts of Too Much Film School replied to yesterday’s post:
Thanks for the shout out! I didn’t know we had any celwebrities listening.
If you do like the podcast, … Continue reading

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Interview Advice

Since I’m looking for a new job right now, a former boss gave me some advice about interviewing: “Don’t want the job too badly.”
People don’t like to see desperation. They want to see calm and confident. Someone who’s desperate for … Continue reading

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Taxes

I’m preparing my taxes right now. (Side note: I hate math.) I don’t actually “prepare” my taxes. An accountant does that. I simply go through a year’s worth of Starbucks and Jack in the Box receipts and try to figure … Continue reading

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