A new organization is hoping to development a workforce for the state’s growing entertainment industry, starting with a training program in Clayton County.
The group, We Show Up, will help connect people interested in working in films with jobs such as security, protecting sets from damage and assisting productions on crowd control, sanitation, neighborhood notification, permitting and parking.
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We Show Up also hopes to help already established organizations that work in the film industry connect with studios or productions that are coming to the metro Atlanta area that they may not know about.
“One of the most important things we can do as an entertainment center in the U.S. to ensure we have trained talent to fill the workforce needs of our film and television infrastructure,” said We Show Up co-founder/executive director LaRonda Sutton.
“Clayton County was among the first camera-ready counties in Georgia, so it is only fitting that we pilot this program to their unemployed and underemployed residents who want to be a part of this thriving industry,” Sutton said.
Clayton has been home to such films as “Furious 7,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Joyful Noise” and “Flight.”
Those who participate in the program will begin with an unpaid three-week preparation course and then advance to a 12-week paid apprenticeship, We Show Up said. The organization hopes that will set participants up for permanent jobs within the film and TV industry.
Classes are set to begin Monday. The program is available for Clayton County residents who are at least 18 years of age. To apply, visit Visit We Show Up here.