Category Archives: On the Job

The Importance of Variety

No, not the magazine. I mean variety in food.
As a PA, food will unfortunately take up quite a bit of your brainspace. It can be frustrating, because you didn’t go to film school to become a caterer, right?
Often times, this … Continue reading

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Music Video Shoot

No post today, because I’m PAing on a music video for the first time today. I’m actually kind of excited.
Anybody have any advice for me for once?

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Transportation Coordinator Michael Perrotti

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Today’s guest is one of my favorite people in the world, even though he doesn’t know I’m me.1
Michael Perrotti has been a transportation coordinator since before I even had a license. He’s done movie, … Continue reading

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All My Friends Are Employed

If you’re not reading All My Friends Are Employed, you should be. It’s a funny comic about life as a PA, written by Naomi Shepherd. Check it out:
And these are so true–
And here’s an honest list of things you need:
And … Continue reading

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Start Campaigning Now

People often say that the first thing a politician does after winning an election is running for re-election. As a PA, or any freelance crew, you should be thinking the same way.
You never know how long a show will last. … Continue reading

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10 Responses to Lies I Get Told on Set

A New Orleans-based coordinator responded to Thursday’s post, and I felt it was worth calling everyone’s attention to:
10. I mostly rent PAs cars. When I ask for a personal vehicle to be used, you either get mileage or gas paid … Continue reading

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2nd AD Anthony Robinson

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Today’s guest is a 2nd AD who got into the DGA the hard way– by earning his days as a set PA. It is not easy.
Anthony Robinson tells us about everything from buying lunch … Continue reading

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10 Lies I get Told as a Production Assistant

I’ll admit, other than a few shows that went on location in Vegas, I’ve never shot outside of Los Angeles. I have never worked in places like New Orleans or Detroit, where tax incentives draw film production. I work in … Continue reading

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When Do I Get a Call Sheet?

Elle writes in:
I’m doing my non-paid, freelance internship as an Art Dept. PA. This one is a web-based, Emmy-nominated series.
I’m asking the 2nd AD for a call sheet (or any information at all, like ‘Hey, yes, we need you tomorrow’) … Continue reading

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Scheduling Conflicts

Michael writes in:
I freelance camera op at two digital production companies that each have plenty of work but also have plenty of freelancers at their disposal. Each week it’s hard to coordinate my schedules between the two, as they can … Continue reading

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