Category Archives: On the Job

Managing Background Actors

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have heard some of my frustrations with background actors on a small shoot I was helping out on.
First of all, bear in mind that I definitely did not say any of these … Continue reading

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Keep Copies of Everything

Andi followed up on yesterday’s post:
Total bummer though about the mileage. I’ll definitely be claiming it on my taxes however. Should I still keep tracking my mileage on a mileage form in case I’m audited?
Absolutely! In fact, make copies of … Continue reading

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Are You Getting Mileage?

Andi writes in:
I’m an Office PA working on a low budget feature film in LA. I’ve typically worked on bigger features that have their own rented production vehicles for me to drive.
Must be nice. I’ve worked on massive budget television … Continue reading

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Presentation Matters

Claire shot me a DM over Twitter:
Quick question, if you have the time: I’m an office PA, mini septum nose piercing yay or nay? Or should I hide it and feel it out first…?
First of all, you’re in Hollywood. A … Continue reading

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Debating Actors

There’s an old TAPA post about wrangling extras that still gets comments from time to time, because it has some unflattering things to say about background actors.
Extras are basically untalented actors… They tend to not listen to instruction, dawdle, or … Continue reading

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Being an Actor Is Really Hard

Gina writes in:
Hey there !
I hope you’re having a great Memorial Day weekend. I stumbled across your blog today while job searching. I am an actress trying to get started out in LA and working my booty off to pay … Continue reading

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How To Make an Appointment When You Don’t Know Your Schedule

wonderingeyeoftheeverydaytraveler commented on Friday’s post:
Unless you’ve all found weekend hours ( do you even get weekends in the biz?) for this kind of thing, what about sick time for important stuff like doctor/dentist appointments?
On most shows, you won’t know what … Continue reading

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Calling in Sick

Joey writes in:
A few days ago, I was referred to day play on a TV series by someone I had PA’d for once before, which I was really excited about. That morning, I woke up with the worse flu I’ve … Continue reading

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The Final Stretch

The good people at Bebee lights have decided to sponsor Crew Call at the studio level. That puts us at slightly over halfway to our goal!
If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve seen Night Lights by Bebee, even if you … Continue reading

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Your Money Or Your Life

About a month ago, I received an email with the subject line, “Working on a low-budget feature…” I immediately thought, Uh-oh, because nobody ever writes me to say, “I’m working on this indie film, but despite its low budget, everyone … Continue reading

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