When I least expected it this afternoon, one of our company PAs puffed out his chest and angled his way across the production floor and into my office. He has worked for the company about 6 weeks and, I gather, has the lay of the land. I have an open door policy and prefer to have straight conversation with all of the staff.

Job Training

Pick the Right Job at The Right Time

Our PA was on the hunt for some Technical Training as a Color Timer. To his credit, in his short time as a PA he had made acquaintance with one of our colorist, evidently made a good impression and he was ready to ask if he could start to spend time in the color timing bay and learn from the master.

Actually, this was not a bad experience for either of us. He had my attention, showed initiative and was asking for help/permission. He had missed a couple things as well as some behavior that stood out:

  • He could not remember the name of the Color Timing system he wanted to train on, or the manufacturer. Filmlight, Baselight. http://www.filmlight.ltd.uk/
  • When challenged with the prospect of beginning training at the level outlined by company policy, he dragged out his Film School credentials, explaining that he already understood color theory, etc…..
  • He asked if he could discuss his training aspirations with my supervisor.

I supervise about a hundred employees. They run the gamut from PAs making $10/hr to VFX Artist that are paid $100/hr. One thing I can confirm for you is that it doesn’t matter how much you make or how long you have been in this business, training is crucial. So, the kid described above has it right; want to succeed? Get some training, and obviously, if you don’t ask, you won’t get it.

Getting technical (or clerical) training can be easy or complicated depending on what you do and who you work for. There are many questions you should ask yourself and a couple things you should keep in mind.

What should you be training on? How to begin your training? When to train? Get permission or sneak around? Kiss your bosses or co-worker’s ass? Demand compensation? Take your training on the road?

OK, we are going to keep it simple. Check back tomorrow for my Top 10 Tips for ‘On The Job Training: Where to Start?’

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2 Responses to “Entertainment Careers – On The Job Training: Where to Start?”

  1. The Oracle says:

    Not providing anything but insight on this site.. This article provides Tips / Do’s and Don’t when looking for ‘On the Job’ Training after you get your first Entertainment Career gig.
    How to move up the ladder once you already in the door. Part 2 of that article will be out tomorrow.

  2. Cegonsoft says:

    I like to know one thing, Entertainment Careers – On The Job Training means what are the “entertainment careers” are you providing for us?…
    Are you providing only training or you are providing placement for joined people?……

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