Category Archives: On the Job

Let Me Get Back to You II

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Last week, I wrote a post titled Let Me Get Back to You.
Reader Sam (an assistant production supervisor, so you should listen to him)1 … Continue reading

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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.”
Just like your … Continue reading

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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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