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MENTORING MATTERS - The Transformative Power of Mentoring: Programs Offered by the PGA and How You Can Contribute

Posted By Bhavani Rao, Friday, October 11, 2019

A guru is often viewed as one of the most sought-after teachers a person can have. They are masters in their field, and with their guidance you can evolve to the next level. There are many versions of a guru, one of them being a mentor. A mentorship is a journey and a partnership in evolution for both mentor and mentee. At the PGA, we want to empower our members with the tools they need to create their stories and tell them confidently in bold new ways.

The PGA Mentoring Committee oversees the popular PGA Mentorship Programs, which run throughout the year. These have been hugely successful in pairing people in the feature film, television production, reality and new media genres.

The beauty of PGA mentorships is that each one is unique—not just the programs themselves but how you the members interact and learn from your mentors and fellow members.


One-on-One

This program pairs up-and-coming producers with experienced PGA members. It also works for already-seasoned producers who might be looking to transition into another field. The mentor-mentee pairs meet or have detailed phone calls and emails at least three times over the six-month mentorship period. Often these relationships last well beyond the actual program.

Morning Mentors

This is the perfect combination of a little nosh and some great insight and advice. Highly regarded producers come in bright and early to have intimate conversations with small groups of PGA members about their area of expertise.

Base Camp

This was created to help fill the gap between reality, documentary, talk and digital producers looking to transition into scripted/episodic fare. Base Camp is a 10-plus-week program. Unlike one-on-one sessions, Base Camp is a practical training program with homework, pop quizzes and guest speakers, supplying our members with the tools they need to make it in the scripted world. The program has mainly been focused on TV, but we are introducing our film program later this year.

Shadow Program

This is the most coveted and prestigious mentoring program at the PGA. It is a unique opportunity for members to shadow mentors as they go about their day-to-day work routine. By covering all aspects of production, the mentee gets an opportunity to “live” in the world they aspire to work in on a large scale.

What you can do for the PGA Mentorship Committee

We need more committee members willing to help us with finding mentors, running programs and volunteering at events. These programs can only grow and improve if members are willing to step up and help. And we’re always looking for new mentors for all of our programs! If you are on a show and can offer a shadow, we want you. If you have time to work with a mentee one-on-one, we need you. If you love to teach, come help at our Base Camps. Or if you simply have time in the morning to offer advice over coffee and a bagel, let us know.

 

If you have specific questions, email us at pgamentorapps@gmail.com.

For general information, go to producersguild.org/members/group.aspx?id=150375

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