Tag Archives: production assistant

That Special Connection

Aaron writes in:
 I work for a writer (I walk her dogs), and she knows that I want to be a writer, as well. She used to work at one of the major networks, and has sold several scripts.
She has told … Continue reading

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Nothing to Do

Hillary writes in:
On the last shoot I was on, after helping unload I was told to go and ask around to see which departments needed my help.
Nobody needed anything done and for the rest of the one day shoot I … Continue reading

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A Concise Explanation of How To Make It in Hollywood

I woke up the other day with the most amazing comment on the UTA joblist page. It’s short, but amazingly helpful. I’m a little mad I didn’t write it myself.
As someone who moved to LA in 2010 from another state … Continue reading

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As If PAs Didn’t Have Enough Problems, Now Scammers Are Targeting Us

Ugh. Some people are just assholes.
A few weeks ago, I answered a question from reader Brian about per diem. Something that stood out to several readers was the phrase “$500 per diem.” That’s a ridiculously high per diem, so I … 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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Work for Who You Want to Be

David writes in:
I am interested in post-productions more specifically a video editor. I thought about starting out as an assistant editor, but almost all these job advertisements require 2 years of experience. Would you have any recommendations on where to … Continue reading

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Distro List

When you work in the production office, one of your major jobs is distributing paperwork, commonly referred to as “distro.” You’ve got scripts, pages, schedules, one-liners, prep calendars, crew lists, vendor lists, call sheets, and a bazillion other things that … 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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