Nicki is a staff writer for the CW network, where she gets to live our her passion for telling joyful, female-driven stories all day long.

Growing up in the California Bay Area, she’s been an avid writer and unapologetic TV nerd all her life, so becoming a TV writer was the ultimate way to marry her two favorite things.

She made her first forays into the entertainment industry during her college years at UCLA, where she did several TV-related internships before getting her first job as a Production Assistant (PA) for a TV show’s production office.

After that, she spent 4 years holding various assistant positions in production and writers’ offices, writing freelance scripts when opportunities arose.

She was promoted to become a full-time staff writer earlier this year, which means now, she’s lucky enough to spend her days writing scripts as debating story decisions with other like-minded nerds.

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The TAPA blog was created for two reasons– first, as a place to freely discuss the life of a production assistant without fear of repercussion or reprisal; second, as a repository for all of the knowledge accumulated over the years, in the hopes of instructing future generations of PAs.

Recommended by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, LA Magazine, KCRW’s The Business and LA Women this website is your go to resource for the television industry. With everything from job listings, resume help, articles on all aspects of working as a PA and recommendations for further research such as books and podcasts. 

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"The Artist's Way is not exclusively about writing—it is about discovering and developing the artist within, whether a painter, poet, screenwriter, or musician—but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It's about learning to pay attention."
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