Let This Infographic Tell You How to Be the Best PA You Can Be

If you're a production assistant and want to stand out among the rest of your fellow PAs, take a look at this.

Production assistant: it's often the first position aspiring filmmakers take on their journey to becoming rich and famous and mega respected directors, so suffice it to say that it's really, really, really important to be exceptional at it. But— how? Isn't the job mostly just taking drink orders and generally being in the way of everything? Well, yes...but no. There's so much more to being a PA than being a coffee mule. Being prepared, able to communicate clearly, and anticipate the needs of the cast and crew are just a few of the highly desired qualities directors look for in a PA, but there are many other qualifications and skills that will definitely help you shine brightest while on set.

Lucky for you, Sean Baran of FilmToolKit has put together a super handy infographic that goes over several important aspects of being a production assistant, from being well-equipped with all of the necessary tools and gear to how to comport yourself while on set to make sure you come across capable and professional. Check it out below:

Credit: FilmToolKit

Sean dives deeper into what it takes to be a better PA on FilmToolKit, so head on over there to learn more. Also, you can check him out on Facebook and Instagram.

Do you have any pieces of advice to share from your days of being a PA? (I have one: Don't f***ing stand on the cables when someone's wrangling them. No one likes that.) Let us know down in the comments.     

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"Destroy The Ego."

^ follow this, and you will succeed in everything...especially, and most importantly, with yourself.

September 29, 2018 at 10:50AM

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Christopher Evans
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Production assistant is hard work, it requires dedication and hard work hole io

September 30, 2018 at 11:33PM

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October 1, 2018 at 12:31AM

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I'm going to hypothesize that this less about what is presented in infographics than what is observed on the industry.
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April 18, 2019 at 5:33AM

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Before becoming the best PA at FilmToolKit, you need to at least become just good. In this, the tips presented at this school will certainly help us. A systematic study of materials will help to form an understanding of Toko how to act and what not to do. Some of the material we share on 24i.news with the original source. Thank you very much for the interesting information!

May 11, 2020 at 9:27AM

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Boby
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"Production assistant: it's often the first position aspiring filmmakers take on their journey to becoming rich and famous and mega respected directors, so suffice it to say that it's really, really, really important to be exceptional at it"

Where did you get this from? Most top directors never PA'd.

December 20, 2020 at 4:09AM

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Efosa Osaghae
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Love this post

March 30, 2021 at 6:33AM

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