Category Archives: On the Job

Let Me Get Back To You

There’s certain key phrases every PA should know: “Yes.” (Except when the answer is No.) “It won’t happen again.” “It’s Thursday. Yes, payroll checks are coming today.”
Here’s another one to add to your quiver: “I’ll look into that.”
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Non-Union Grip & Electric Chandler Forbes

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In Los Angeles, the various departments are very distinct. In smaller markets, the lines can be a lot fuzzier.
That’s why we’re speaking today with Chandler Forbes, a grip and electrician from Grand Rapids, MI– … Continue reading

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Career Crisis

An anonymous reader1 writes in:
I’ve been an appreciative reader of the APA blog for several years, throughout which I also worked in television and film development and production as a production assistant. I originally went into the industry because I … Continue reading

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Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

A PA who wished to remain nameless wrote in about a situation that is all too common in Hollywood. She had been working on a movie, when all of a sudden they fired her, and replaced her with the AD’s … Continue reading

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Personal Assistant Stuart Friedel

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On today’s episode, you’ll actually get to hear the voice of Stuart Friedel, assistant to John August and producer of the podcast Scriptnotes.
The job of a personal assistant is a multifarious thing. He assists … Continue reading

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On the Subject of Subect Lines

Yesterday’s post was on the topic of when to move on. Here’s the subject line from the original email:
To Grow My Hair, Or Chop It Off And Start Fresh?
Now, that’s a lovely metaphor and everything, but seriously, this does not … Continue reading

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When To Move On

S. writes in:
I started out as an intern last year on [redacted tabloid show]. Before my internship was over, I was offered a freelance Set PA position. The season ended in May, and I stayed on in the summer to … Continue reading

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Awkward Conversation

An anonymous reader writes in:
Recently, the 2nd AD kinda said something inappropriate and made me feel uncomfortable. I kinda just told him I wasn’t comfortable with what he said, and we moved on. So I thought.
After that incident, I haven’t … Continue reading

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What’s a Base Camp PA?

Justin writes in:
Recently I was on a passion project as a PA with a very knowledgable 2nd AD. I told him I was interested in being an office PA, and he showed me paperwork that office PAs have to work … Continue reading

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Twelve Hours Not Guaranteed

In the last year or so, I’ve noticed a trend among the bigger studios– no 12 hour guarantee for production assistants.
Technically, the law took effect on January 1st, 2013, but not every studio has pressed the issue. Others, like Warner … Continue reading

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