Category Archives: The Industry

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.
So … Continue reading

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What’s a Green Bed?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned “green beds” in passing, and Jess commented:
Okay, I’m stumped. What’s a greenbed?
I checked with Hollywood Juicer Michael, and apparently I’ve been using the wrong term for, like, eight years.
“Perms” are the permanent walkways built … Continue reading

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What A New PA Needs

Film school is done and the new TV season is upon us, so a lot of recent graduates are writing me emails about what they need to have on set or in the office.
Truth is, there’s not a lot that … Continue reading

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What Is Multicam?

Last week, I answered a question about film school that contained within it a big error–
Is there much overlap in the skills and techniques used in multiple camera television productions and those used in single camera television productions? I am … Continue reading

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What Classes Should I Take?

Natasha writes in:
I’ve been enjoying your blog and I wondered if I could ask you for some advice. I am an aspiring writer living in LA, ideally hoping to write for hour long television dramas. I am currently considering taking … Continue reading

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You’ll Never Get It Right

A long Twitter exchange last week reminded me of a great, probably apocryphal story1—
A famous director was being driven home from Paramount after a long day’s shooting. As they inched along Melrose, the director pointed at a burger joint on … Continue reading

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Changing Careers

Peter writes in:
After three years in law enforcement, I’ve decided on a career change. With the long-term goal of going into talent representation, what type of positions should I be applying for? The standard assistant/receptionist positions? Or, should I be … Continue reading

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Where Should the Next TAPArty Be?

So far, every TAPA networking event has been at places I like to hang out.1 But I don’t want to repeat myself, so now I’m reaching out to you, dear reader, for advice.
Where should the next TAPArty be? Is … Continue reading

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I Have Experience… Should I Still Go to PA Bootcamp?

Lonnie writes in:
I have two questions: First, what kind of help are you requesting for your new video? I’d like to be involved.

That’s easy. Since there have already been several TAPAs, I got the idea that we could all be … Continue reading

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Living at Home

Alexandra writes:
I am a graduating senior in college, and I have plans to move with another student to LA after graduation. I wouldn’t be relocating far (my family is in north Orange County). My mom has been very supportive, but … Continue reading

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