Hello! My name is Christopher Miller (“Topher” to my friends) and I am excited & honored to officially introduce myself to the Membership, Donors and Friends of POWER UP. I first worked on a POWER UP film in 2003 and ever since I have been a huge fan & supporter of POWER UP, its Mission, its Members, its Films and its unparalleled Educational Programs! As such, I am proud to announce that I will, once again, support POWER UP, this time by serving as the new Vice President of Production, for POWER UP’s Film, TV & PSA Production division. I will, of course, also be heavily involved in POWER UP’s endeavors, wherever my services may be needed.
POWER UP offers its Members so much, for so little. I understand that, especially in these tough economic times, POWER UP must work harder to provide its Members with the career-building skills and relationships needed to achieve success for years to come, and I am up to the task!
Members, you are the ones that are on the “front-lines” struggling for career equality, success and on-screen representation that’s not a stereotype in an industry that has not yet achieved that goal.
Even in 2012, Women and the LGBTQ Community are discriminated against and underrepresented in the Film & Television Industry both on-screen and off. Even now with thousands of television channels and countless new outlets for Film & other media both Women and LGBTQ persons remain scarce:
– Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) scripted characters represent 2.9% of all scripted series regular characters on the five major broadcast networks;
– Female Directors comprised only 5% of Directors on the 250 highest grossing movies in 2011;
– Less than 4% of Film & TV crew members are LGBTQ, many must remain anonymous in order to keep their jobs; and
– Women make up only 18% of all Film & TV Crew in Hollywood – that is virtually the same as when these statistics started being tabulated in 1998.
POWER UP’s unparalleled educational programs directly go to remedy those discrepancies – Workshops; Seminars; Self-Esteem & Leadership classes; Script Notes; Career Counseling; Fiscal Sponsorship; and POWER UP’s unique “On-Set” Intensive Film Production Mentorship program.
POWER UP and I are here to help you – simply donate to become a Member now! Any questions? Check-out the powerupfilms.org website or feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about POWER UP Membership, POWER UP’s Educational Programs or POWER UP’s Member Services.
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