Category Archives: On the Job

You Need To Learn How To Write

I don’t mean you need to learn how to create believable characters and craft interesting stories.
I mean, you need to learn how to write legibly.
Even this late in the season (three days to go!), we get new crew members almost … Continue reading

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A High Class Problem: How to Choose Between Two Offers

Nick writes in:
I recently was called by a Production Coordinator I’ve worked with previously for an Office PA position on a TV show.  He mentioned the show’s producer/writer was also in need of an assistant, and if I preferred I … Continue reading

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Your First Day on Set

In case you missed it over the weekend, I wrote a guest post for the Work in Entertainment blog. If you’ve never worked on set, you should give it a read. It covers everything: where to go, who to talk … Continue reading

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What’s Taking So Long?

Different types of shows have their own rhythms.
Multi-camera shows build slowly, from a simple table read and maybe a rehearsal on day one, all the way up to the full-0n craziness of a 16 hour shoot night. Single-camera comedies can … Continue reading

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Wrap Binders, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Wasting Paper

If you don’t know what wrap binders are, take a moment to bask in the beautiful bliss that is your ignorance. Your world is a magical one, but it is one I can be a part of no longer.
Wrap binders … Continue reading

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Upward Mobility

As we approach the end of the televsion season, Jason writes in about moving onward and upward to other shows:
I work on a tv show right now as a PA, but really I do more personal assistant type work for … Continue reading

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What to Claim on Your W-4

Christoph writes in:
Since last fall, my gigs have been getting more and more frequent, and I have even been lucky enough to land some longer jobs. However, I have been noticing that as a job gets longer, there seems to … Continue reading

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There’s Lazy, And Then There’s This

It’s been a while since I complained about ADs, so how’s about I do that right now?
We had a on yesterday. When the party bus1 returned, the 1st AD called the office and asked for a PA to come … Continue reading

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How to Schedule a Meeting

After Sunday’s get-together, I received a few emails like the following1–
Hi, APA!
I met a lot of people on Sunday but I don’t know a polite way to continue the connection. Do I just call them out of the blue? Email? … Continue reading

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Out Times

Marvin asks:
What is the process of getting “out times” from the working trucks?
One of the more important aspects of the is recording the times every member of the crew started and ended their day, along with any meal penalties, … Continue reading

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