Tag Archives: PA

Taking Advantage

So there you are, working your ass off as a PA, running around and doing ridiculous tasks that you will never be able to properly explain to your parents.
You love what you do as much as you hate it and … 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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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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Is It Too Late to Start?

John writes in with a few questions:
Should I find out who the production coordinator is before I start sending out cover letters?
I graduated film school but have no paying job experience or internships. I’m twenty-four, am I too old to … Continue reading

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The Definition of a Production Assistant

A lot of people asked why I don’t sell TAPA T-shirts. Honestly, it’s because I couldn’t think of anything clever or interesting, like Dollygrippery’s Ascent of Man-style shirt.
Well, that’s all changed!
Introducing the first TAPA Tee! The Definition of a Production … Continue reading

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Career Crisis

An anonymous reader1 writes in:
I’ve been an appreciative reader of the APA blog for several years, throughout which I also worked in television and film development and production as a production assistant. I originally went into the industry because I … Continue reading

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Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

A PA who wished to remain nameless wrote in about a situation that is all too common in Hollywood. She had been working on a movie, when all of a sudden they fired her, and replaced her with the AD’s … Continue reading

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Out of State PA

Morgan writes in:
I currently live in the Austin area and for the last few years we’ve had a nice share of TV shows filmed in the area (The Lying Game, Friday Night Lights, From Dusk Til Dawn, etc). I was … Continue reading

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Two Resumes

Scott writes in:
The NBC Universal Careers twitter tweeted this link about the automated systems that scan resumes for keywords.
I’ve applied to a lot of jobs through these horrible portals such as Brassring and I’ve never gotten a call back. This … Continue reading

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