Mentor and Training Program Guidelines
Apply for a mentor
Become a mentor

 

GET A MENTOR

I just joined AIR. How soon before I can apply for a mentorship?
You must wait six months in order to apply for a mentorship unless you’d like to pay the mentor fee yourself. In this case, the six-month waiting period is waived and AIR will match you with an appropriate mentor.

How can I apply for a mentor?
Simply fill out an application and AIR will be in touch within a week.

How long in between mentorships do I have to wait before participating again?
Because we often have a waiting list of members interested in receiving a mentor, AIR members who have successfully completed a mentorship must wait two years before applying again.

“I’ve been a member for X years and have never done a mentorship. Doesn’t this mean I can cash in on those missed mentorship opportunities now?”
You must use your mentorship opportunity while you are a member and they don’t accumulate if you don’t take advantage of the program.

I received a travel stipend from AIR to attend a conference or workshop within the last two years. Am I still eligible to receive a mentor stipend?
We try to spread the resources around. Depending on the volume of mentor applications we’ve got, you may not be eligible for an additional, one-on-one stipend if you’ve received support in the last two years. We can always provide you with mentor–matching referrals, and would need to evaluate your history of involvement in the program to best determine if you are eligible to receive a stipend.

Do I have to have a specific project that I’m working on in order to receive mentoring?
Yes. We find that mentorships are more focused and effective if the mentee has a project that he/she and the mentor can ground the experience in. This is in contrast to a generalized request to, for example, learn how to construct a story using sound, or learn how to use pro-tools.

What if I don’t have a specific project that I’m working on? Can I still apply?
If you don’t have a specific project, there are options. We suggest you either contact us, or fill out an application and we will get in touch with you.

What if I don’t live near an AIR mentor?
No worries. Most of our mentorships occur remotely over email and phone. In situations where mentoring is best conducted in person, AIR makes every effort to find a mentor who is within traveling distance.

Do I have to pay for this?
It depends. AIR has a limited number of stipends available to award mentors; in other instances, the mentee will be responsible for paying the mentor. AIR will evaluate who is eligible for a stipend on a case-by-case basis.

How much time do we have to complete the mentorship?
Mentorships must be completed within 90 days.

For mentorships involving crafting a story, do I need to have a pitch accepted in order to receive mentoring?
Not necessarily, but we find that mentorships work best when a mentee has either been commissioned for work, or has a specific destination for whatever project on the mentorship will focus on. Ideally, you would have at least talked to individuals at the outlet you’re considering pitching your project, as this will help in your project’s development.

Who is responsible for getting in touch and ensuring that the mentorship moves forward?
The mentee is responsible for starting things off, but we expect the mentee to work closely with the mentor to agree to a schedule of meetings and a plan of action. We recommend you try to establish up front a timeline that suits your schedules, and a clear set of goals you want to achieve over the course of your 90 day mentorship

What if I have trouble reaching my mentor?
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us at inquiry@airmedia.org.

How long does it take for AIR to find a mentor for me?
Sometimes it can take no more than a week, but other times it can take up to one month to find the perfect match for you, depending on a number of variables.

BE A MENTOR

How can I become a mentor?
AIR members take precedence when it comes to selecting mentors. In some instances, we may choose to go outside membership to find a mentor best suited to a particular situation. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, complete an application and we’ll be in touch.

What if my mentee needs more than four hours?
If you and your mentee wish to continue beyond the recommended time, you are free to negotiate the terms with the mentee and continue through to completion. Suggested compensation is sliding scale, $75 to $150 per hour.

Who is responsible for getting in touch and ensuring that the mentorship moves forward?
The mentee is responsible for making the first contact, but we expect the mentor to work closely with the mentee to agree to a schedule of meetings and a plan of action together. We recommend you try to establish up front the goals of the mentorship, and a timeline over the course of your 90 day mentorship that suits your schedules.

What if I have trouble reaching my mentee?
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us and we can help you.

What do I need to do in order to receive payment?
If AIR is paying your mentor fee, both you and your mentee must complete an evaluation [evaluation form for mentors; evaluation form for mentees] and then you must submit to AIR an invoice complete with your social security number, address, and amount due. More details on payment will be provided to you upon agreement that you will be a mentor to an AIR member.