We are excited to announce a new division of the Touring Career Workshop, the TCW Mentorship Program. Though we spend most of our time working on an annual workshop that acts as a Human Resources Department for the touring business, a secondary goal this year is to pair together those who want to teach with people that want to learn. With this program we are dedicated to partnering the up-and-coming touring professionals with the folks that have been making the business go round for an extended period.
It is our goal to assign each mentee with a mentor that shares their similar interests, career paths, and goals to allow for the most relevant advice and topics for both parties. Though it is our goal is to make the ideal matches, we do not guarantee that anyone will be paired with the “perfect” candidate, or that all applicants will get paired in this first, inaugural round of the TCW Mentorship Program.
Much like the annual workshop, this is a free program and neither TCW nor anyone involved in the TCW brand will receive any commission or ‘kickback’ related to this program. We are solely going the extra mile to accomplish what we set out to do when we started in 2011 which is to provide advice and guidance for the advancement of Touring Professionals.
Rules and requirements of the TCW Mentorship Program
*Must have at least five (5) or more years experience in the touring production industry
*Must be at least 25 years of age
*Must be able to dedicate a minimum of two hours a month for interaction with mentee (via phone, email, in person meetings)
*Must have five (5) or less years experience in the touring production industry or be pursuing a production related degree in a college or university
*Must be at least 21 years of age
*Must be able to dedicate a minimum of two hours a month for interaction with mentor (via phone, email, in person meetings)
Mentorship Pairings Guidelines
*Pairings must be of same gender
*Pairings must spend at least two hours of interaction per month (in person meetings, phone calls, emails) to be monitored periodically by TCW staff
*Alcohol and drug use at official mentor/mentee meetings is prohibited and be cause for immediate removal from the program
*It is of the assumption that the mentor and mentee will settle any cost associated with mentor/mentee meetings individually unless otherwise agreed upon. The mentor or mentee may choose to pay for lunch/dinner/coffee but this is at each person’s discretion and is in no way expected or mandatory
*Both mentors and mentees must sign an agreement/waiver to participate