Tag Archives: PA

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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Twelve Hours Not Guaranteed

In the last year or so, I’ve noticed a trend among the bigger studios– no 12 hour guarantee for production assistants.
Technically, the law took effect on January 1st, 2013, but not every studio has pressed the issue. Others, like Warner … Continue reading

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The Best Advice For Becoming a Writers’ Assistant

Earlier this week, script coordinator Kate Powers shared some advice with fellow SCs on a private board. With her permission, I’m re-posting it here for all of you to read:
If there’s a job you’re interested in, approach someone who does … Continue reading

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When Is an Intern Not an Intern?

When she’s an unpaid PA, of course!
B.W. writes in:
Most of my experience comes from working for producers in the advertising world as an intern. I’ve been able to work on a lot of really great commercials with a lot of … 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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Students Can’t be Choosers

Emily writes in:
I noticed that you said certain PA jobs can only be found through a certain networking group within the industry. I am still a student, and looking into getting an internship in the area of television development/ Writer’s … 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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Looking for the Next Gig

First up: a reminder to check out the Kickstarter campaign for Crew Call.
On to the real topic of the day! Holly writes in with a question that a lot of people can probably relate to right about now:
With a little … Continue reading

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