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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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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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