If you are reading this section, you are no doubt seeking more information about the requirements for being a teacher for children in entertainment. Perhaps you are a school teacher who is seeking a change, or maybe you are a producer wondering if you can hire your sister-in-law for an upcoming job. Either way, the first thing you need to do is answer these questions:
Who… is the child? How old are they? Where are they from? Have they ever worked before?
What… will they be doing? What exactly does their role entail?
Where… will it happen? What state will you be filming in?
When… will it happen? Is school in session or out?
Why… is it important for you to know the answers to all these questions?
In the film industry, teachers do more than just teach. Teachers on set have been delegated the task of child advocacy. In some states it’s required by law, sometimes it’s required by a union agreement and other times, it’s just assumed that the teacher will coordinate any and all matters relating to the welfare and comfort of the child. To do this effectively, you need to first familiarize yourself with the labor law in both the state you wish to work, as well as the minor’s state of residence. Since many productions emanate from California, you might also want to make sure you understand California Law and the term Studio Teacher/Welfare Worker.