Category Archives: On the Job

Email Miscellany

I’ve noticed a trend in emails, lately– footers that are dozens of lines long. This is a bad trend. Don’t do it.
The end of your email should look like this:
Best,
[name]1
(###) ###-####[[2]]
That’s it. Done. Press send. Maybe put your email address, … Continue reading

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Suing for Unpaid Overtime

Steve writes in:
I am an executive assistant working for a production company. I am paid hourly, fixed at 44 hours/week, whether I work 40, 44, or 70 hours. Basically, I am trapped in the office until my boss leaves at … Continue reading

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Want To Be in a TAPA Video?

The new season of Crew Call is fast approaching, which means the Kickstarter campaign is approaching even faster.
And what Kickstarter campaign would be complete without a video? That’s where I could use your help. If you’re a fan of the … Continue reading

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What Kind of PA Was I?

Jo asks:
Does one usually specify the department they PA’ed in? For example, I just PA’ed on a TV show pilot, but it was in the costume department. Do I need to specify that in my resume? Or just list it … Continue reading

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Living at Home

Alexandra writes:
I am a graduating senior in college, and I have plans to move with another student to LA after graduation. I wouldn’t be relocating far (my family is in north Orange County). My mom has been very supportive, but … Continue reading

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Dogs at Work

I love my dog. She’s great. She’s adorable and fun and a very good listener.1 We spend hours at the dog park every weekend, then she curls up in my lap and we watch Transparent together. She even sleeps in … Continue reading

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Motherhood in the Industry – Part III: Working after Childbirth

This is the last of a three-part series, written by a guest TAPA who has some actual life experience that I don’t.
I would advise you to be physically strong to help get you through childbirth. Childbirth is a very crazy … Continue reading

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Motherhood in the Industry – Part II: Pregnant and Working

This is the second in a three-part series, written by a guest TAPA who has some actual life experience that I don’t.
If you plan to work through your pregnancy, my “let’s get real” advice is this: do not announce your … Continue reading

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Motherhood in the Industry – Part I

This is the first in a three-part series, written by a guest TAPA who has some actual life experience that I don’t.
I am a twenty-something married woman who is a new mom with a three-month-old. I live in SoCal and … Continue reading

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Managing Your Time

Ashley writes in:
I’ll be moving to LA in the next few months to chase my dream of becoming a screenwriter. I’m also interested in production, though, and have thought about working on set starting as a PA. I’ve read that … Continue reading

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