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"Streetlights" Pushes Diversity in Hollywood at All Levels

Wednesday, April 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
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From Variety:

The group trains 45-50 young adults every year as production assistants and helps them find jobs and move up the ladder. Its motto: creating ethnic diversity in the entertainment industry since 1992. In addition to the PAs, there are about 65 others in the career advancement phase (getting into unions, etc.).

Streetlights holds three sets of classes each year, with 15 trainees in each group. Individuals each receive 240 hours of training, with half that time spent working on paid productions.

"We take four weeks to teach absolutely anything and everything a P.A. would ever need to know,” says [founder Dorothy Thompson], "so our P.A.’s don’t feel like strangers when they arrive on their first job.” The training covers all aspects of crew jobs, from use of walkie-talkies to handling purchase orders and return slips.

After finishing the program, the trainees are available to work in whatever department needs assistance: camera, art, grip or props, etc.

- Read the full article at Variety.com



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