PATHWAYS is a workforce development program that creates a pathway for entry and sustained success in the Oregon Media Industry. This program places incoming and underrepresented media makers in paid entry level positions on local productions, promoting an inclusive, healthy, growing and diverse film industry in Oregon.
Since its inception in 2018 (and as of December 2023), Pathways has placed 46 people into paid positions in over 76 placements on 34 different projects on sets, in studios and at agencies creating content in Oregon.
The vast majority of Pathways participants go on to find their own work on future projects through connections and mentors they have met through the program and several have accumulated enough experience to join the unions that work within our industry allowing them access to contractually set minimum hourly wages and benefits (health, retirement, and pension).
Pathways provides a supportive entry into the production industry through specific training, ongoing individual and financial support, and connection to mentor/mentee programs. With paid placements, we subsidize, curate and track placements matched to each individual mentee – creating pathways for success in the film industry.
There are three areas to participate in the Pathways program – 1) training, 2) placements and 3) mentorship. You can find out how you can help and/or participate in any of these areas by reviewing the following linked articles:
- How to Participate in Pathways Training
- How to Hire Pathways Placements
- How to Become a Pathways Mentor
Here is a great video from Outside the Frame about the program: