Tag Archives: PA

Sometimes, You’re Wrong

A couple months ago, I wrote a post about giving yourself extra time to complete tasks:
Whenever you’re given something to do, you need to factor in “shit happens.” If you think you can get something done in five minutes, say … Continue reading

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The First Time You Get Paid For It

Lauren writes in:
How many things/what sort of things did you have on your resume when you started applying for PA jobs?
PAing my be the bottom rung of the ladder, but unless you know somebody, your first day on set will … Continue reading

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What Did You Do Wrong?

Not even a week into the new season, and there’s already drama behind-the-scenes on my show. Sigh.
I was hanging out in the wardrobe cage, as I am often wont to do. Partially it’s because wardrobe is a department I know … 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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Managing Background Actors

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have heard some of my frustrations with background actors on a small shoot I was helping out on.
First of all, bear in mind that I definitely did not say any of these … Continue reading

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Keep Copies of Everything

Andi followed up on yesterday’s post:
Total bummer though about the mileage. I’ll definitely be claiming it on my taxes however. Should I still keep tracking my mileage on a mileage form in case I’m audited?
Absolutely! In fact, make copies of … Continue reading

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Debating Actors

There’s an old TAPA post about wrangling extras that still gets comments from time to time, because it has some unflattering things to say about background actors.
Extras are basically untalented actors… They tend to not listen to instruction, dawdle, or … Continue reading

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Being an Actor Is Really Hard

Gina writes in:
Hey there !
I hope you’re having a great Memorial Day weekend. I stumbled across your blog today while job searching. I am an actress trying to get started out in LA and working my booty off to pay … Continue reading

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How To Make an Appointment When You Don’t Know Your Schedule

wonderingeyeoftheeverydaytraveler commented on Friday’s post:
Unless you’ve all found weekend hours ( do you even get weekends in the biz?) for this kind of thing, what about sick time for important stuff like doctor/dentist appointments?
On most shows, you won’t know what … Continue reading

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Calling in Sick

Joey writes in:
A few days ago, I was referred to day play on a TV series by someone I had PA’d for once before, which I was really excited about. That morning, I woke up with the worse flu I’ve … Continue reading

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