Gov. Susana Martinez
ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced the formation of a pilot program to put military veterans to work on movie and TV productions in New Mexico.
The veterans movie production pilot program is a multi-state agency partnership, which aims to increase the hiring and training of military veterans for productions by movie studios and television production companies in New Mexico.
Martinez announced the new program, “Operation: Soundstage,” Aug. 1 before a crowd of veterans and National Guard members at the New Mexico National Guard Armory in Albuquerque.
“Movie and television productions offer job opportunities that are great matches for the skill sets our veterans learn through their service in the military,” the Governor said. “As a result of their military training, veterans can lead or take orders–and know the value of the teamwork required by movie makers on any given project.”
Martinez explained the program is the result of a joint effort by the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services and the New Mexico Workforce Solutions. The program will look to partner with movie and television production companies.
The New Mexico Film Office, through the Jobs Training Initiative Program, currently finances training that helps New Mexico crew members advance their education and become qualified for new crew jobs. These funds are only available for a limited number of positions for each production.
“Operation: Soundstage” will add an additional position on each production to be filled specifically by a New Mexico veteran, Martinez said.
“Operation: Soundstage” will also help ensure that veterans who are eligible for the G.I. Bill will be able to access film-career development programs offered at several New Mexico colleges.
Military veterans provide an excellent pool of skilled and talented professionals who would be ideal to fill “off-camera” job openings such as carpenters, electricians, editors, technicians, production assistants, makeup artists, caterers, drivers and dozens of other positions typically needed for television and movie projects, Martinez said.