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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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Looking for the Next Gig

First up: a reminder to check out the Kickstarter campaign for Crew Call.
On to the real topic of the day! Holly writes in with a question that a lot of people can probably relate to right about now:
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Coming to America

Jess writes in:
I’m an experienced production set, location and office runner in Britain (basically our equivalent of a PA, sure you know that…) with loads of credits in prime-time UK TV programmes.
I’ve wanted to work in the US since ‘always’ … Continue reading

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Upward Mobility

As we approach the end of the televsion season, Jason writes in about moving onward and upward to other shows:
I work on a tv show right now as a PA, but really I do more personal assistant type work for … Continue reading

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How to Schedule a Meeting

After Sunday’s get-together, I received a few emails like the following1–
Hi, APA!
I met a lot of people on Sunday but I don’t know a polite way to continue the connection. Do I just call them out of the blue? Email? … Continue reading

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Out Times

Marvin asks:
What is the process of getting “out times” from the working trucks?
One of the more important aspects of the is recording the times every member of the crew started and ended their day, along with any meal penalties, … Continue reading

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Some Writers Are Oblivious

If you’ve never been on a multicamera series, it’s a lot like being on a play that has a one-night engagement. There’s a lot of set up and rehearsal and honing everything down to the last detail, so you can … Continue reading

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Your Driving Record

Andrew writes in:
I just got offered a potential PA job pending a drivers license check, and I was wondering what the requirements are that production companies look for regarding license checks.
Most of the time, they just want to make sure … Continue reading

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