The film industry has become a massive aspect of Georgia’s economy, contributing upwards of $9 billion to the state. This has led to an increase in behind-the-camera film training programs, be it the Georgia Film Academy or other smaller options, such as the We Show Up program in Clayton County.
“We Show Up” is available only to Clayton County residents, and those who are interested can find application information here. Be aware there are stipulations. In addition to being a Clayton County resident, you also must qualify via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA.
I spoke with Daniel Fitch, who’s steering the program for Clayton County. He told me the best way to apply is to come to the Clayton County Community Services office in Forest Park at 1000 Main Street. Fitch and the rest of the team will walk you through the application process and ensure you’ve filled out any necessary paperwork.
If you qualify for this training, the program is an initial three weeks (unpaid) and involves a PAID 12-week apprenticeship after the three week program with brick-and-mortar film industry vendors, such as prop shops.