Tag Archives: production assistant

What’s a Base Camp PA?

Justin writes in:
Recently I was on a passion project as a PA with a very knowledgable 2nd AD. I told him I was interested in being an office PA, and he showed me paperwork that office PAs have to work … 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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When Will I Get Paid?

Emily writes in1:
I recently worked for a major out-of-town TV show as a casting assistant, though it was technically my first time casting. Before then, I had been working for free as a PA and personal assistant and have another … Continue reading

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What’s a Production Secretary?

Adam writes in:
I just got an interview for a new gig Monday as a Production Secretary. For some reason none of the scripted shows I have worked on have ever had a Production Secretary. A former APOC recommended me and … 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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Reality Television is Very Different

D writes in:
I have a few friends in the industry who have told me to NEVER work in reality production. I recently moved back to LA from Atlanta and have a lot of experience producing independent film and TV.
I know … 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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