Okay, it’s been a month since my last post, and I’m sorry. I’ve had a lot to deal with lately, and unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time to put in the work necessary to have something to post about here.
I think I mentioned in my first post that I’m a studio teacher; I work with underage actors on film sets. And that’s one of the things that’s been keeping me busy lately. Not the work itself; more some of the, um, professional advancement necessities. See, to get licensed as a studio teacher, it’s necessary to first have a California teaching credential. In fact, it’s necessary to have two teaching credentials, both a multiple-subject credential (which would normally be for teaching elementary school) and a single-subject credential (which would normally be for teaching middle school or high school). Moreover, the single-subject credential has to be in a core subject: English, math, science, social science, or a foreign language.
So, of course, I have those—I couldn’t be (legally) working as a studio teacher if I didn’t. The thing is, though, when you first get a teaching credential, it’s a preliminary credential. It expires in five years, unless you take additional classwork additionally to “clear” the credential. And that’s where I am now; I’m in the middle of the “induction program”, as it’s called, to clear my credentials. I want to get that done as soon as possible not only because I need to get it done before my preliminary credentials expire (I’ve still got a couple of years before that happens), but also because after I get clear credentials I can get on the Studio Teachers Union call list, meaning that if a union production is looking for a studio teacher and no union studio teachers are available, I could get called up and start accumulating union hours and eventually get in the union myself. (Yes, there’s a Studio Teachers Union; there are unions for everything in the entertainment business.) And that would be a big advantage, because not only would it probably mean steadier work than I’m getting now, but also higher-paying work—the minimum daily rate for a union studio teacher is about twice what I’m making now.