Hillman Grad Mentorship Application

Application Overview

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Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 10, 2021

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Program Overiew

The Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab provides opportunities for marginalized storytellers to connect, grow, and accelerate their career in television and film.

Committed to infusing new narratives and perspectives in front of and behind the camera, the Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab provides a robust slate of workshops, educational resources, and professional development and networking opportunities for a cohort of diverse writers, actors, and aspiring creative executives.

The tuition-free, 10-month program grants fellows the unique opportunity to enhance their creative skillset through personalized instruction from industry professionals, creating additional pathways to bring more people from diverse backgrounds into the entertainment industry.


The Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab consists of three separate tracks: television writing, screen acting, executive development.

Writing fellows will engage in a comprehensive writing experience, developing an original pilot from concept ideation to a fully polished and packaged script. Fellows will learn how to plan and write a pilot, participate in a simulated writers room–undergoing a series of rewrites from notes by both the instructor and peers–capped off by a table read featuring actors from the Hillman Grad Network.

Acting fellows will explore the fundamental tools and techniques of screen acting, engaging in a series of classes and workshops designed to fine tune their ability to bring a story to life. Fellows will critically explore a wide array of text, expanding their creative capacity to successfully deliver powerful performances, slay their audition, and get booked.

Executive development fellows will learn how to transition from working as an assistant to becoming a creative executive. Fellows will receive direct mentorship from Hillman Grad Productions development team, led by President of Film/TV, Rishi Rajani.

Acknowledgment: The public relations track is a paid fellowship in partnership with ID, Edith’s Daughter, Wondaland, and Hillman Grad Productions.

Disclaimer: The television writing, screen acting, and executive development tracks are unpaid fellowships.

Program Perks
  • Instant access to the exclusive Hillman Grad Network–a diverse and comprehensive group of industry professionals, including writers, actors, directors, producers, creative executives, network executives and many more

  • Monthly speaker series with industry experts

  • Professional development resources and exclusive job opportunities

  • Opportunities to shadow a writer’s room and visit set

Submission Requirements

The Program is subject to the following requirements: 

  • You must submit a complete and accurate application through the Hillman Grad website prior to the application deadline, which application will include:

  • A Personal Statement;

  • Short Answers to a series of questions;

  • A resume and biography;

  • For Television Writing applicants: a writing sample, written solely by the applicant (no writing teams), which must be either an original feature screenplay or television pilot;

  • For Screen Acting applicants: a monologue 90-120 seconds in length from a film, television program or play.

  • You must also agree to (1) these Submission Requirements, (2) all terms relating to the Program posted on Hillman Grad’s website, which you should review and read in full, and (3) the Submission Agreement, which governs the submission of your materials to Hillman Grad. The Submission Agreement includes important, legally binding terms and conditions, including arbitration of any disputes, which you must read in full before accepting.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and not a minor in the state or country of your residence at time of submission.

  • You must be the sole owner of all rights in and to the materials submitted to Hillman Grad (“Submission Materials”). The Submission Materials must not in any way infringe upon the copyright of any person or entity or, to the best of your knowledge in the exercise of reasonable prudence, constitute libel, defamation or invasion of privacy or any other rights of any third party.  


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