Category Archives: On the Job

Asking Too Many Questions

Tara writes in:
I just graduated from college and got my first job as a Production Assistant for a talk show. I’ve done some freelance PAing and the biggest problem I seem to have is that I can’t find the balance … Continue reading

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The Future of Networking Is Here

People often write in that they’ve just moved to Los Angeles, and they don’t know how to meet people.
Well, first of all, you should come to the TAPA Networking Event this weekend!
But there’s not a TAPArty every weekend, you say? … Continue reading

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#NotAllDirectors

There’s still time to win box seats at the Staples Center, thanks to CAPS Payroll.
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Evan G decided to respond to a six-year-old post about an asshole director. I wasn’t around at the time, but as the current keeper … Continue reading

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The Thermostat

It’s that time of year, at least in Los Angeles, when it’s a hundred and fuck degrees outside, so all the guys in the office decide to set the thermostat to 67.1
It sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I’m … Continue reading

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Should I Start as an Office PA or a Set PA?

Raisa writes in:
I just started interning on an independent film and the producer has asked me whether I want to be on set or in the office. This is my first time working in the industry so I don’t know … Continue reading

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10 Mistakes New Production Assistants Should Avoid

If you want to know what a PA does, you’ve come to the right place. Various TAPAs have been telling you what to do for a long time. You can still buy the TAPA T-shirt with the definition of a … Continue reading

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Visual Effects Data Integration Lead Viki Chan

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Today’s guest has a job you’ve probably never heard of– Viki Chan is a Data Integration Lead in the visual effects department. She’s worked on such big film as The Curious Case of Benjamin … Continue reading

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Let Me Get Back to You II

It’s the last week to buy your TAPA T-shirt! Wear it to the next TAPArty.
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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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