Category Archives: On the Job

Mail Boxes

Here’s a weird conversation I had recently.
A teamster came in and asked to check his . He wanted to make sure his paycheck was going to his P.O. box, rather than his home.
Curious, I asked, “Why don’t you want it … Continue reading

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The Importance of Variety

No, not the magazine. I mean variety in food.
As a PA, food will unfortunately take up quite a bit of your brainspace. It can be frustrating, because you didn’t go to film school to become a caterer, right?
Often times, this … Continue reading

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Music Video Shoot

No post today, because I’m PAing on a music video for the first time today. I’m actually kind of excited.
Anybody have any advice for me for once?

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Transportation Coordinator Michael Perrotti

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Today’s guest is one of my favorite people in the world, even though he doesn’t know I’m me.1
Michael Perrotti has been a transportation coordinator since before I even had a license. He’s done movie, … Continue reading

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All My Friends Are Employed

If you’re not reading All My Friends Are Employed, you should be. It’s a funny comic about life as a PA, written by Naomi Shepherd. Check it out:
And these are so true–
And here’s an honest list of things you need:
And … Continue reading

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Start Campaigning Now

People often say that the first thing a politician does after winning an election is running for re-election. As a PA, or any freelance crew, you should be thinking the same way.
You never know how long a show will last. … Continue reading

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10 Responses to Lies I Get Told on Set

A New Orleans-based coordinator responded to Thursday’s post, and I felt it was worth calling everyone’s attention to:
10. I mostly rent PAs cars. When I ask for a personal vehicle to be used, you either get mileage or gas paid … Continue reading

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2nd AD Anthony Robinson

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Today’s guest is a 2nd AD who got into the DGA the hard way– by earning his days as a set PA. It is not easy.
Anthony Robinson tells us about everything from buying lunch … Continue reading

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10 Lies I get Told as a Production Assistant

I’ll admit, other than a few shows that went on location in Vegas, I’ve never shot outside of Los Angeles. I have never worked in places like New Orleans or Detroit, where tax incentives draw film production. I work in … Continue reading

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When Do I Get a Call Sheet?

Elle writes in:
I’m doing my non-paid, freelance internship as an Art Dept. PA. This one is a web-based, Emmy-nominated series.
I’m asking the 2nd AD for a call sheet (or any information at all, like ‘Hey, yes, we need you tomorrow’) … Continue reading

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