Category Archives: On the Job

I Am Not A Lawyer

Various people have been pointing me towards this story about PAs suing for abuse. Unlike the Black Swan interns, these people were at least paid, but that’s probably little comfort.
The suit says the workers were not allowed to take breaks … Continue reading

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The One Line Day Player

today’s episode is a little outside my usual PA mandate, but it keeps coming up on the show I’m on, and I want to rant somewhere.1
A “day player,” for those who don’t know, is someone who works on the … Continue reading

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Incorrect Credits

Ryan writes in:
My first feature film I ever worked on was recently released.
After seeing fellow friends and crew members post pictures of their name in the credits, I noticed mine was there, too. It was listed wrong on two accounts: … Continue reading

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Per Diem

Brian writes in:
Love your blog…it’s so helpful and I really appreciate the info!
A little about me: I am a new-ish PA with a few local, unpaid shoots under my belt. I recently got hired as a paid PA, and I … Continue reading

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In Appreciation of Hair and Make Up Artists

I’ll be honest, I never really respected hair and make up artists all that much. I didn’t get why it should take two hours to make an already attractive woman appear attractive on camera.1
The on-set hair and make up artists … Continue reading

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Can a Writer Help a PA?

Felecia writes in:
So there are some people that I’ve worked with before who now write on other shows. I was wondering if I sent them my resume and they forward it to whoever does the hiring on their show, does … Continue reading

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Asking For Help

Kristen writes in:
I’ve spent the better part of today reading your blog. First off, thank you. I learned a lot and the honest, tough-love from a veteran is appreciated (and more palatable in text than in a cynical tone to … Continue reading

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Show Me Your ID

Esteban writes in:
I’ve been a PA for a while in the reality tv circuit and today was actually my first coffee run something that I imagined would be smooth and a little late coming. The production coordinator handed me the … Continue reading

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Fired for Doing the Right Thing

I had planned to write an entirely different post today, until I saw this comment from Pete on an old post:
I was just fired from a shoot after the AD’s placed me in back-to-back dangerous situations. The UPM declared that … Continue reading

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Helpful Connections

Felix writes in:
I had a question about calling POs after emailing them my resume. Is it necessary? Does it make a big difference?
I was talking to a friend of mine who works at a production company and she says she … Continue reading

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