Category Archives: The Industry

TAPA Meetup in July

It’s July. It’s hot. You need a drink.
So why not come on down to Joxer Daly’s on Sunday, July 20? We can all cool off, relax, and make new friends in the summer heat.
The address is 11168 Washington Blvd Culver … Continue reading

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How to Dress for a Studio or Network

Evelyn has found herself in a fortunate position:
A family contact has arranged for my son to have lunch with a VP of Production at a major studio.  This may not lead to a job, but hopefully he will end up having a valuable … Continue reading

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So You Work at a Studio, But You Want to Work on a Show

Ira1 writes in:
I am currently interning at one of the bigger studios in the industry right now. I was curious, is there anyone who works here (in the offices) that I would be able to network with in hopes of getting … Continue reading

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Where to Network

Last Friday’s post garnered this response:
Truth in @TheAnonymousPA‘s How to Write http://t.co/f4MxgX4i5u – but ends on some truly bad advice.
— Michael Sullivan (@redrighthand) June 20, 2014
@redrighthand curious what the bad advice is. — TAPA (@TheAnonymousPA) June 20, 2014
@TheAnonymousPA To not … Continue reading

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Weekend Update

It’s Friday, and boy, have I got a big weekend planned!
Today, two of my favorite books in the last couple years are coming out as movies: The Fault in Our Stars and All You Need Is Kill.1 The only question … Continue reading

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A Gathering of Production Assistants – June 8

You asked for it, you got it: another TAPA networking event!
This time, based on a reader’s suggestion, we’re meeting up at the Township Saloon.
The address is 6612 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.

I know what you’re thinking: “Holy shit, that sounds … Continue reading

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Experience is a Terrible Teacher

Alexandria writes in:
I emailed you a few months regarding PA’ing, and it really helped. So thank you. I have another question:
My goals as a director is to succeed within the independent circuit, and more specifically, work within the … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer Hiatus

It’s hiatus, which means I have a lot of time on my hands. If you’re in the same situation, I thought I’d offer some suggestions of what you could do with your time.
First of all, I’m trying to catch up … Continue reading

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The Future of Cinema

Wow, you guys!
The Kickstarter campaign is DONE. People contributed $2512, which is 136% of what I asked for.
And now, the real work begins.1 As promised, I’ll be interviewing people from all over the crew list. For my younger readers, you’ll … Continue reading

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Recommended Day Jobs

Sam writes:
Do you have any recommendations for day jobs that a new PA might take? I’m talking about jobs that are super flexible, and allow for last minute schedule changes, as many PA gigs are short notice. Preferably something besides … Continue reading

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