Category Archives: On the Job

Be Careful Who You Talk About

It’s been said1 that everyone knows two businesses: their business, and show business. After all, who doesn’t love celebrity gossip, box office results, or debating Game of Thrones theories?
But when you work in Hollywood, celebrities aren’t just wealthy, good looking … Continue reading

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Annoying, Or Taking Initiative?

Ryan writes in:
I recently got a job PAing at a fairly large production company for a couple of weeks. Due to lack of space, I was placed at a desk on a different floor than the people I am working … Continue reading

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How NOT To Make a Microbudget Film

Last week’s post about why movies are so expensive got some interesting responses. The Burger King (probably a burger king, not the burger king) wrote–

Most of this is very true, but you are wrong in implying that independent filmmakers can’t make … Continue reading

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The Minimum Wage and You

Several readers have asked how I think LA’s minimum wage increase will affect PAs. Well, it means we’ll get paid more. There’s a whole bunch of caveats to go with that, though.
First of all, the $15 an hour minimum wage … Continue reading

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Outdoors in L.A.

Wow, people were not pleased by yesterday’s post, where I criticized a fellow PA for getting the lunch order wrong. To be fair to me, this conversation didn’t happen outside my head. Sometimes I write these imagined conversations out on … Continue reading

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There Are No “Standard” Toppings

Hollywood is the only industry that I’m aware of where the employees expect their employer to feed them. Lunch at the very minimum, and probably breakfast, possibly dinner,1 and snacks throughout the day.
And I love it. I basically don’t do … Continue reading

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Recharge Your Batteries

I’m always looking for new ways to be useful on set. Anticipating the needs of the cast and crew is the best way to keep your job, and get hired in the future.
So, when a fellow PA suggested I keep … Continue reading

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Sometimes, You’re Wrong

A couple months ago, I wrote a post about giving yourself extra time to complete tasks:
Whenever you’re given something to do, you need to factor in “shit happens.” If you think you can get something done in five minutes, say … Continue reading

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Personal Lighting

Germainicorn1 replied to the PA shopping list I created–

@TheAnonymousPA in addition to flashlight, I’d recommend a headlamp to free up your hand from using flashlights at night. External battery 2
— Germainicorn (@JudgeGermaine) July 22, 2015

This a great point, and I … Continue reading

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One Subject Per Email

The One Subject Email
You probably noticed people are busy. Like, all the time. Even when they have a moment to relax, they’ll probably spend that moment whipping out their cell phone and checking Reddit.

I’m not criticizing or praising this trend. … Continue reading

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