NBCUniversal has instituted a production assistant training program in New Mexico aimed at residents who are interested in pursuing a career in film and television production.
The two-day training program, scheduled for May 22 and 23, will be free to accepted applicants and will cover everything from set protocol and production terminology to preparing resumes and finding production jobs.
In partnership with Goodwill New Mexico, the program was created to provide an opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and understanding of the film and TV business, as well as improve the chances for people from diverse backgrounds to become production assistants, which is a common entry-level job in the entertainment industry.
The weekend training program is designed to train set and office production assistants. Participants will learn everything necessary to walk on any film or television set and do the job right from day one. Although a job after the training is not guaranteed, studios have been ramping up film and television production in New Mexico, making it an ideal place to train emerging talent.
“It’s essential that we as an industry continue to break down the barriers that exist for underrepresented talent, and programs like these provide an important entry point for a next generation of production talent that historically has not had the opportunity,” said Janine Jones-Cark, NBCUniversal’s executive VP of inclusion for talent and content, film, TV and streaming. “We are thrilled to partner with Goodwill New Mexico on an invaluable training program like this, which we aim to be a launching pad that leads to employment opportunities and career momentum for its participants.”
NBCUniversal and Goodwill NM are encouraging members of underrepresented communities to apply. Prior to their acceptance, applicants will be interviewed by phone.
“Goodwill is dedicated to helping the people of New Mexico achieve their employment goals, and is excited to partner with NBCU to open doors to film and TV industry careers,” said Shauna Kastle, CEO of Goodwill of New Mexico. “Our hope with the P.A. training is that we can teach anyone interested how to be successful the day that they step on set, and that they will find a career that advances their future and opportunities.”