Category Archives: On the Job

Outdoors in L.A.

Wow, people were not pleased by yesterday’s post, where I criticized a fellow PA for getting the lunch order wrong. To be fair to me, this conversation didn’t happen outside my head. Sometimes I write these imagined conversations out on … Continue reading

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There Are No “Standard” Toppings

Hollywood is the only industry that I’m aware of where the employees expect their employer to feed them. Lunch at the very minimum, and probably breakfast, possibly dinner,1 and snacks throughout the day.
And I love it. I basically don’t do … Continue reading

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Recharge Your Batteries

I’m always looking for new ways to be useful on set. Anticipating the needs of the cast and crew is the best way to keep your job, and get hired in the future.
So, when a fellow PA suggested I keep … Continue reading

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Sometimes, You’re Wrong

A couple months ago, I wrote a post about giving yourself extra time to complete tasks:
Whenever you’re given something to do, you need to factor in “shit happens.” If you think you can get something done in five minutes, say … Continue reading

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Personal Lighting

Germainicorn1 replied to the PA shopping list I created–

@TheAnonymousPA in addition to flashlight, I’d recommend a headlamp to free up your hand from using flashlights at night. External battery 2
— Germainicorn (@JudgeGermaine) July 22, 2015

This a great point, and I … Continue reading

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One Subject Per Email

The One Subject Email
You probably noticed people are busy. Like, all the time. Even when they have a moment to relax, they’ll probably spend that moment whipping out their cell phone and checking Reddit.

I’m not criticizing or praising this trend. … Continue reading

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How To Randomize A Crowd

Most of the time, you’re not going to deal with more than a handful of extras in any one scene. That’s because extras are people, too, and people cost a lot of money.
Still, every once in a while, you’ll get … Continue reading

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What Did You Do Wrong?

Not even a week into the new season, and there’s already drama behind-the-scenes on my show. Sigh.
I was hanging out in the wardrobe cage, as I am often wont to do. Partially it’s because wardrobe is a department I know … Continue reading

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Do Foreigners Have To Start Over?

Raúl writes in:
I’m an immigrant with a background in film production (TV Commercials). I worked in the films department of a leading advertizing agency for five years before going on to become a producer for a TV Commercial production company.
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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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