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Do You Know Who Your Studio Teachers Are?

July 10, 2015

Imposters Strike Again

On July 6th, Deadline reported that yet another individual posing as a California Certified Studio Teacher/Welfare Worker had successfully made his way on to a Hollywood set.  What’s even more unfortunate is that producers sensed that something wasn’t quite right from the get-go but allowed the imposter to stay with the children until the end of the day, at which point they fired him.  Thankfully he was reported.

Fake Studio Teachers are becoming a trend and one that should not be treated lightly by parents or producers.  In September of 2014 two men, Kent Linker and Fred Robbins, posed as a retired Studio Teacher and managed to work on a variety of projects including student films (a huge red flag which may indicate the desire for fame or, worse, the predatory desire to be around children because student films aren’t notorious for large payouts).

California State law requires a Studio Teacher to be present any time a minor under 16 is working on set and for the education of minors age 16 &17. These teachers must be certified and credentialed.  Currently Studio Teachers are checked through teacher credentialing every three years, but this trend is forcing ongoing background checks for every job assignment.

The responsibility falls upon us all to truly know who is representing the welfare of our children. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or to step back if you are uncomfortable. And, rest assured that all Children In Film teachers are fully licensed, credentialed and receive background checks.

For more information or to book a Studio Teacher, contact us:  818.432.7401