Tisch LA Mentor Program Application

Heading west or newly arrived in Los Angeles? Looking for a support group for your career and new life in L.A.?  

The Tisch Offices of Career Development and Alumni Relations are proud to present The Tisch L.A. Mentor Program. This annual program begins in September and runs until late May. Applications are accepted once a year, from mid-June to early July.

This program is designed for recent Tisch graduates who are new to Los Angeles and pursuing a career in the arts.  

Participants are placed in small support groups of Tisch peers, which are led by industry mentors. These groups are designed to facilitate conversation about the personal and professional transition from school to life and from East Coast to West Coast. Each group works together to get its members settled, offering advice and guidance as they work towards careers in Hollywood.

Topics include:

  • Setting and assessing short- and long-term career goals
  • Logistics for transitioning into a new city (e.g. apartment hunting, car shopping) 
  • Industry insights
  • Local lifestyle

This is not an internship or job placement program. Each mentee will be expected to work actively with their mentor and fellow mentees toward their specific professional and personal goals. What you get out of the program is what you put into it! 

To learn more about our mentors, click here.


  • This program is open to recent alumni only. Alumni eligible for this program must have been awarded a bachelors, masters, or PhD from Tisch within the past three years.
  • Applicants should be new to L.A. or have been in L.A. less than one year. Applicants do not have to be residing in L.A. at the time of application but they must be living there by September 1 to be eligible to participate.
  • Applicants should already have a grasp of career basics, including professional email etiquette, resume structure, and a familiarity with industry standards.
  • This program runs for nine months (September-May). Applicants must be in L.A. to attend the mandatory opening event in September.
  • This program is best suited to alumni pursuing careers in film, tv, and digital media (and industries related to those fields) but all are welcome to apply.
  • Participation in this program is limited to one time per person.
  • The program is limited to 35 mentees each year. 


  1. Essays
  2. Resume
  3. Website or Creative Portfolio
  4. Transcript indicating graduation from Tisch (unofficial copies will be accepted)

Applications are accepted once a year, in mid-June/early July. Announcements regarding the exact dates for the start and end of submissions are announced on this webpage, on Tisch College Central, and via email.

To be considered for the Tisch LA Mentor Program, applicants must submit essay answers via a link that appears at the bottom of this webpage during the application period. (If you do not see an application link at the bottom of this page, it means that submissions are not currently being accepted.) Applicants must also submit a resume and links to their website or creative portfolio.



1: Please describe your career goals and reasons for moving to L.A. 
2: In what ways do you believe the mentor program will assist you in your transition?
3: Are you planning to do any continuing education in L.A. (e.g. graduate school, acting classes, etc.)? If so, please provide details.
4. This program requires that you work with your mentee group, as well as your mentors. Please describe how you could contribute to group mentorship and support your peers.


Please note that your Tisch LA application will not be judged on the artistic merit of your creative portfolio or website content. These materials will merely be used to assess your preparedness for your career path, including your readiness to share creative samples with industry members.


  • Please be aware that you may need to have an active Tisch College Central alumni account as part of the application process. If you do not have a Tisch College Central account, registration information can be found at here. Registration approvals may take up to two business days so please factor in that time when considering the application deadline.
  • I don’t have a website so I’ll be making a creative portfolio on Tisch College Central. What should this contain? 
    Your creative portfolio materials should showcase who you are as an artist. Depending on your creative practice, it can be your reel or links to your Vimeo or YouTube channel, a list of your writing credits and their loglines, script samples, your headshot, production stills, music samples or links to your Soundcloud page, or image samples. For info on how to create a Creative Portfolio in your Tisch College Central account, click here.
  • If you don’t have a pre-existing website or online portfolio, be aware that it may take time to create one. Don’t wait until the last minute to create one – build yours with plenty of time before the application deadline!
  • Applications will not be considered complete until you’ve submitted your application form and emailed your resume (and links to your Tisch College Central creative portfolio, if you do not have a website) to tisch.career@nyu.edu. All of these materials must be submitted before the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete.
  • Due to the competitive nature of the program, late or incomplete applications are not considered. No exceptions will be made, especially if they’re caused by delays in your College Central account approval, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply!


  1. Applicants must submit essay answers through a link that will appear at the bottom of this webpage during the application period. (If you do not see the application link at the bottom of this page, it means that the submission cycle is not currently open.)
  2. Email your resume and transcript to tisch.career@nyu.edu with the subject line "Tisch LA Mentor Program Application."
  3. If you DO NOT list a website in your application form, please add a creative portfolio to your Tisch College Central account. For info on how to create a portfolio, click here. Please note that you can use any of the available portfolio templates.
  4. Once you’ve submitted your essay answers, resume, transcript, and website/portfolio link, you’ll receive an application acknowledgment within 5 business days.


  • Applicants for each program cycle are notified of acceptance to the program in late July/early August.
  • Once accepted, your mentee spot is contingent on official confirmation of your acceptance, including a signed Mentee Contract.
  • All accepted Mentees will be required to complete a Mentor Action Plan and Objectives Worksheet issued by the Tisch Office of Career Development prior to the start of the program, as well as a final evaluation in May to assess this program.
  • Mentees will be placed into groups assembled by the mentors after the program's opening event in September. Groups may contain a mix of alumni from different majors and graduation years.
  • Mentors and mentees meet every 4-6 weeks in a convenient L.A. location.
  • Attendance at all meetings is required. 
  • There are no fees for mentees. Any required event is at no cost to mentees, which is made possible through funding by The Tisch Offices of Career Development and Alumni Relations and private donations.
  • Housing is not provided for mentees.


  • Our mentors are L.A.-based NYU graduates with considerable knowledge of the local arts landscape.
  • Each mentor has been working in the entertainment industry for at least 5-10 years and therefore can speak knowledgably about navigating the challenges of early career artists.
  • The mentors are volunteers who know the ropes and understand what it's like to be a new grad in L.A.! They're here to serve as cheerleaders and sounding boards so that you're ultimately empowered to forge your own career path!
We hope that you will join us in this program which will help you settle in and meet your West Coast-based Tisch family.


The application period for the 2018-2019 Tisch LA Mentor Program ended on Friday, July 6, 1pm NY time. If you have already submitted an application, you will be notified of your status via email by July 30.