Tag Archives: production assistant

Let Me Get Back To You

There’s certain key phrases every PA should know: “Yes.” (Except when the answer is No.) “It won’t happen again.” “It’s Thursday. Yes, payroll checks are coming today.”
Here’s another one to add to your quiver: “I’ll look into that.”
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Is It Too Late to Start?

John writes in with a few questions:
Should I find out who the production coordinator is before I start sending out cover letters?
I graduated film school but have no paying job experience or internships. I’m twenty-four, am I too old to … Continue reading

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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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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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