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Unlike most of the crew, office production assistants don’t really need a kit. Occasionally, they have to bring their personal computer for work, but that’s about it. The production pays for everything else an office PA might need.
One of the … Continue reading
At the beginning of every show, everyone must fill out start work,1 yet a distressing number of people don’t know how to do it. I once had this conversation with a makeup artist who had more years in this industry … Continue reading
Things get lost. Like, all the time. Especially when you’re on the move.
Often times, we office PAs are sent to a previous location (or stage, if the crew is on location) to find lost items– a portable hard drive full … Continue reading
An anonymous reader writes in:
I’ve just been told my show doesn’t have the budget to pay for OT, even though I’ve already had an hour and a half of it. The producer claims that no one gets OT.
Even worse, my … Continue reading
Driving around the studio in a golf cart is way more fun than it has any right to be.
I drive to work at 70 miles per hour. Or possibly 5mph, depending on traffic. In any case, I have air conditioning, a … Continue reading
I am just overwhelmed by the response to my networking event. I genuinely wasn’t sure if anyone would want to show up, but over a hundred people have RSVPed on Facebook.
Turns out, this is too many customers for the Federal.1 … Continue reading
Cara writes in:
What are your thoughts on business cards, especially for a young person just starting out and looking to make contacts? I am planning on coming to your meet-up next Sunday. Are business cards appropriate there? What about just in … Continue reading
Every morning, the office receives a in . And every morning, the production report is wrong.
A PR, for those who don’t know, is a bizarro call sheet. Instead of telling you what you’re going to do tomorrow, it tells you … Continue reading
I’m often surprised at the number of people who don’t know that ADs create more than one kind of schedule. Frequently, experienced crew members will come into the office and ask for “the” schedule, only to be baffled when I … Continue reading
If you’re new to the business, two things about lighting will probably surprise you: night exterior scenes are actually really bright, and sound stages are really dark.
In the second case, the reason is control. You don’t want light leaking onto the … Continue reading