Category Archives: On the Job

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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Can They NOT Hire Me?

A soldier who wishes to remain anonymous writes in:
I am a soldier of the US Army Reserve. I am obligated to give one weekend per month and two weeks a year to the Army. I am also an experienced set … Continue reading

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How Many Languages Do YOU Speak?

I had a coordinator once who was Vietnamese. She’s been in America for a couple of decades, so she didn’t have much of an accent, but she still occasionally got colloquialisms wrong. For instance, she would say, “Do you grab … Continue reading

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What to Do About Sexual Harassment

A reader who would like to remain anonymous writes in–
Actually, you know what? To preserve this reader’s anonymity, I’m not going to copy-and-paste the email, like I normally would. There’s too great a chance of somebody figuring it out.
Everyone with … Continue reading

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Set Life Versus Office Life

Brianna writes in:
My life goal is AD.
I was just told by a PA as green as I am that I should take a job as an office PA because I didn’t go to film school and the office is a … Continue reading

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An Unusual Route to Becoming a Writers’ Assistant

Reader Andrew writes in:
There’s a small independent film company looking to break into TV. I know the producer, and she’s offered me a writer’s assistant position while they develop a pilot. So it’s really more of a development assistant position, … Continue reading

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Make a Good Last Impression

First impressions are important; they go a long way towards determining whether you land the job. But last impressions are almost as important; they determine whether you get the next job.
People are busy. They’re not going to remember every little … Continue reading

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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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