Tag Archives: PA

Can a Writer Help a PA?

Felecia writes in:
So there are some people that I’ve worked with before who now write on other shows. I was wondering if I sent them my resume and they forward it to whoever does the hiring on their show, does … Continue reading

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Asking For Help

Kristen writes in:
I’ve spent the better part of today reading your blog. First off, thank you. I learned a lot and the honest, tough-love from a veteran is appreciated (and more palatable in text than in a cynical tone to … Continue reading

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How Am I Supposed to Do That?

A producer came into the office today, and asked that someone remove the arms from the chair in his office.1 The other PA’s immediate response was, “How are we supposed to do that?”
Wow…
Now, can anyone in the class tell me … Continue reading

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You Have to Take Risks

Eric writes:
I’ve been seeing a lot of postings for part time assistant positions. Is this the new wave of employment/new way of business since the economy is still in the crapper (articles writing about how the unemployment level is not … Continue reading

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Shooting Location Change

ES writes in:
I’ve got a question about saying “yes” and then finding out location. I live outside SF and agreed to a gig that I found out is 35 minutes further out than San Francisco. Is it okay to say … Continue reading

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Availability List

Michael, the Hollywood Juicer, made a correction on Thursday’s post:
I can’t speak for the other locals or guilds, but 728 (set lighting) and 80 do send members out on jobs. We’re allowed (and expected) to look for our own work, … Continue reading

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How Long Is This Gonna Take

Ryan writes in:
I’ve seen you answer questions from people asking if they’re too young to be a PA, but I’ve only seen one person who said they’re too old, and they were 24.
I’m 28 , soon to be 29, and … Continue reading

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How To Stand Out From the Crowd

Max writes in:
First off thanks for your the wonderful blog!
As a student reading the “What to do with your student experience” gives me some confidence as I make the leap to LA. In the post you mentioned that if you … Continue reading

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Making the Jump

Andrew writes in:
I’ve recently (a month ago) started reading your blog and I’ve got to say it is awesome! It’s such a great resource for information that would otherwise be hidden by the exclusivity of film sets. I also love … Continue reading

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How to Set Up a Courtesy Flag

Have you ever shot in the desert? If you aren’t a road runner or cactus, I don’t recommend it. Especially the last few days in the Los Angeles area.1
It’s a dry heat, sure, but that doesn’t change the fact that … Continue reading

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