Since inception, alongside our representation of clients Vanguarde has mentored members of our creative and professional community through different channels. We do so informally on spot requests for help and referrals as well as formally through our financial and in-person support to organizations such as the WGC, DGC, CCE, CSC, CSAs, and the CFC among others. Supporting our community in these ways is a duty and a pleasure. We are complementing this ongoing support with the addition of the following regularized programs as both a commitment and an invitation to our community.
Vangaurde is developing two mentorship programs. The purpose is to improve access to the Vanguarde community of artists, managers, and producers. This is an inclusive community that we are in a unique position to facilitate connection to for those not already on the inside. The reason we are doing this is so that great people are not overlooked!
The first is a Practical-training Mentor Program intended to match working professional artists with aspiring but committed artists seeking mentorship in their particular craft as a way into the business.
The second is a Career Advice Mentor Program in which working professionals early in their career and without representation can access advice from Vanguarde representatives as part of a cohort of mentees.
We encourage racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and anyone else who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas to apply.
Vanguarde Elevate Fellowship
The Vanguarde Elevate Fellowship is a financial award to extraordinarily promising, talented, and creative individuals as an investment in their potential. The Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding promise to pursue their own creative and professional inclinations in our field. In keeping with this purpose, Vanguarde awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through production companies or other institutions.
Fellows may be screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, journalists, directors, podcasters, and other storytellers who have a demonstrated interest in a career in filmed entertainment. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers to become a member of the film and television community.
Nominees are reviewed for their achievements but also their promise so that the Fellowship will serve as an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the Elevate Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts.