Category Archives: On the Job

Motherhood

Meg writes in:
I’m about to finish the first year of an engineering degree (if nothing else, it taught me I will never be an engineer) and my neighbor has offered me a job as a runner on a show in … Continue reading

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“I’m Not Negative, I’m Just Honest”

You’ve probably heard this, or something like it, from jaded old crew members. (Or young ones who like to think they’re jaded.) And whatever it is they’re being negative about, odds are they’re right. But in the words of The … Continue reading

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Resume Paper

Eric writes in:
When I go to an interview, should I print out my resume on nice resume paper or is regular copy paper okay? In the past, I used nice resume paper because I had a lot, but now I … Continue reading

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How to Book a Food Truck

A coffee truck (or food truck or ice cream truck) is a great treat for the crew. It’s a nice excuse to get away from the stage and mill about with your co-workers, without actually having to do anything.
But finding … Continue reading

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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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