How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09)

How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09)

Alex and Nick talk about everything you need to know on how to get a television production assistant job, and what to do (and what not to do) so you excel at it.
What are the different kinds of TV PAs (on-set PA, office PA, post PA, writers’ PA)? What does each job entail? How do you actually get a sweet PA gig? And, more importantly, what should you be doing to make a great impression and make the best of that professional opportunity?
The Paper Team brews a fresh pot of coffee while answering these questions and more…



1 – The different TV Production Assistant jobs (00:30)
2 – Getting a PA job (15:56)
3 – What to do and what no to do on the job (21:18)
4 – How to go above and beyond (28:15)
5 – Opportunities to seize while being a PA (32:21)
6 – Keeping the ball rolling after the show wraps (37:27)
Takeaways and Resources (40:00)


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