The Production Assistant
Program requires each student to complete an intense 240 hours of production
training, a portion of which is spent working on actual commercial, film,
video or TV productions. The first week of training is dedicated to teaching
the critical "professional development" skills necessary to
succeed in a highly competitive and specialized industry. These skills
are reinforced throughout the remainder of the training and in the months
that follow graduation. After successful completion of the training, our
Job Development Services provide job placement for up to six months to
ensure economic and employment stability in a freelance environment. Scholarships,
mentoring, and Career Advancement Services are available for a minimum
of two years.
Streetlights Participation Requirements
WHY WOULD PEOPLE WANT SO BADLY TO JOIN A BUSINESS WHERE THE HOURS ARE INCREDIBLY LONG, THE PAY IS NOT GREAT WHEN YOU FIRST START OUT AND PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO ACTUALLY YELL AT YOU?
THE ANSWER IS: BECAUSE IT CAN BE GREAT FUN, IS VERY INTERESTING AND YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE GREAT MONEY ONCE YOU'VE PAID YOUR DUES IN THE EARLY YEARS.
BUT BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO START AS PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS, JUST AS YOU SAY YOU ARE EMPLOYERS DON'T NEED TO SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS THAN EXCELLENCE IN THEIR PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS.
YOU MUST REALLY WANT TO JOIN THIS INDUSTRY! IF THIS IS JUST A PROGRAM SOMEONE IS PUSHING YOU TO JOIN TO GET YOU OFF THE COUCH, OR IF YOU THINK YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR WORK FOR A WHILE AND THIS SEEMS LIKE AN EASY WAY TO GET A JOB-YOU'VE MADE A MISTAKE.
THE TRAINING IS
DIFFICULT AND DEMANDING AND THE ACTUAL JOBS ARE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT AND
DEMANDING. BUT IF YOU STICK IT OUT, HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE AND ARE WILLING
TO WORK YOUR FINGERS TO THE BONE
YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE AT A GREAT
Streetlights Applicant Facts:
You must be able to commit or comply with the following if accepted as a trainee for the Streetlights Production Assistant Program:
· The classroom portion of the training is about 4weeks long. Class is usually held from 9am-4pm Monday thru Friday, although there will be days where class will start earlier and/or end later for field trips. These trips are mandatory. There is homework assigned every day (most people find that this might take a few hours to finish), which needs to be completed that evening and turned in the next day. We give pop quizzes almost every day. FOR THIS REASON, HAVING A JOB ON WEEKDAYS ONCE CLASS BEGINS IS NOT POSSIBLE (please talk to Streetlights about the possibility of a weekend job).
· You must follow all instructions of your supervisors and teachers. Since promptness and follow thru are a must in production, all homework will be turned in complete and on time. A certain number of infractions will result in expulsion from the Program. Because of our high performance standards, we never graduate a full class.
· In order to help guarantee your success on the job, the training is run exactly like the sets, stages and production offices of Hollywood - you cannot be tardy even one minute; that and absences without 24 hours advance notice will result in probation, suspension or expulsion from the program.
· Since it takes approximately 6 weeks (240 hours) of training to receive your certificate of completion, you should have all of your financial obligations covered for the month of academic/in-class training, the two weeks of on-the-job training, as well as for the additional 2 weeks it takes for companies to pay you after the day/s you work. It can take as long as 9 weeks from the beginning the training for you to receive your first paycheck.
· We will help with gas and lunches during the training, plus pay for all your classroom books and supplies. After the 4- week classroom portion of the training, limited financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. When necessary, we are especially able to help with job related items such as car insurance, childcare, pager bills, work clothes, phone bills and those things necessary to help you transition into your new career.
· In order to prepare trainees for the entertainment industry, everyone will be required to call Streetlights every night until told to stop. You will do this during training to confirm you have completed all assignments and after completion of the training to notify us of your availability to work status.
· You will be asked to participate in weekly, after-hours case management/career guidance phone sessions for the duration of the training and longer if Streetlights suggests an extension. This is a service we provide to help you with home or school issues as you adjust to the highly competitive world of commercial, TV & film production.
· After completion of the 4 weeks classroom training, you will be required to work 2 separate half days at Streetlights for office training to prepare you for office jobs. You will now begin your on-the-job training. As part of your on-the-job training, you will work 3 days as an intern on either a small film or commercial. At this point you will have completed approximately 130 of the necessary 240 hours. You will continue on-the-job training as you work to complete the rest of your hours, but now you will be paid stipends ranging from $50-75 per day. After that, pay ranges from $80-175 a day depending on the type of job, the budget of the production and your experience and performance reports. The long hours will remain the same no matter what rate you are being paid. We will provide job placement for at least 6 months if necessary.
· This is a freelance industry. In the beginning, Jobs will usually be on commercials and music videos and you may not work everyday. Remember, it takes at least 2 weeks to be paid by most production companies. Keep in mind that the days are very long in the entertainment industry. 12-13 hours minimum and can even go 16 to 20 hours. There is no overtime for P.A.s.!
· Your must be prepared to work in commercials or music videos for at least six months while you put what you learned in class to use, build your resume, develop valuable industry contacts and sharpen your skills. This is also the best way to find out what area of production you would like to work in, and if you eventually want to become a part of our Union eligibility program in commercials.
· As we said
in the very beginning, being a P.A. is a lot of fun and you work with
· In order to maintain an up to date job availability roster, you must always notify Streetlights in advance of any and all pending obligations, tickets, court dates, trips, etc. that will make you unavailable for class or work.
· You must be available to take any job or assignment we can find for you during the 6 months following your graduation. No weddings on the east coast, no family reunions in the Midwest! If you are able to graduate this program, we guarantee you job placement services for six months. These 6 months are the time for your career! Building a career does not happen overnight - you have to lay the preliminary foundation first.
· During the six-month guaranteed job placement, graduates should have developed a number of employee contacts that they can count on to hire them directly on all their upcoming jobs. In addition job search skills are taught to help the graduate become the architect of their own careers. But, though we are no longer obligated after six months, as long as you are a graduate in good standing of Streetlights you can be placed on our job availability roster. Hundreds of production companies call us reguaraly with jobs and when they request a more experienced P.A. we call more senior graduates for those jobs. Also, qualified senior graduates can become eligible for our Commercial Diversity Initiative, which allows the seasoned P.A. the opportunity to earn union eligibility.
· All childcare
matters should be taken care of prior to enrollment. You must have a system
in place that will allow you to work 16-18 hours per day and on weekends
when necessary! You will never be able to leave a job or be late because
of childcare issues, no matter how urgent they seem. This may seem
harsh, but everyone else on the crew has their childcare together and
they expect you to also.
· During classroom training you must be available to attend any evening field trips. We go to at least one filming of a TV show.
· If you are accepted in the Program and if you do not have computer training or need to increase your skills, we recommend you take a class or come into our office to practice before our class starts. Computer skills can increase the number of workdays you get.
· While we always try to have a good time, this is a very serious Program, with very strict rules. Only the most dedicated will be able to survive in the competitive world of film and television.
Starting the application process:
Below find the requirements to
meet & procedures to follow in order to apply to the program:
2. MUST BE AT LEAST 20 YEARS OF AGE.
Streetlights is a private, nonpartisan, nonsectarian program and an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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