Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship

Ever wondered how talent agencies work? Want to find out more about artist representation and career development? Apply for our Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship!

  • Comprehensive three-week mentorship at the Meridian Artists's Toronto office
  • $1,000 honorarium
  • On-stage recognition at the Crystal Awards Gala (December 2020)

Update: Vanessa Carpino receives 2019 Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship

You will be immersed in each department of the Agency and be privy to how a select roster of the most talented writers, directors, actors, key creatives, and book authors are represented:

  • See how film and television writers' and directors' careers are managed - whether they are emerging or senior talent - with Glenn Cockburn, Film and Television Agent and President of the Agency;
  • Learn more about client management and development, generating ideas, preparing pitches and selling shows for different genres with Kerry Ball, Film and Television Agent and Head of Department;
  • See how actors are auditioned and selected from behind the scenes with access to breakdowns, pitches and client coaching with Tovah Small;
  • Learn how Editors, DP's, Production Designers, and other crew positions are pitched and managed with Courtenay Bainbridge, Key Creative Agent;
  • Get a glimpse into the world of publishing with Amy Moore Benson, Book Agent;
  • Join the agency’s bullpen to see just how much work and support goes into managing the day to day needs of a client's submissions, meetings, payments, contracts and schedules.

2020 Dates & Deadlines

Call for applications opens: Monday May 4, 2020

Deadline to submit application: Friday 12, 2020 (midnight)

The 2020 mentorship runs in October 2020.


  • ‍Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Landed Immigrant
  • WIFT-T member in good standing (may join at time of application)
  • Female professional with at least two years (but less than five years) of screen-based industry experience
  • Able to participate in all mentorship activities
  • Must be able to complete a final report within two weeks of mentorship completion

How to Apply

Complete the online application, then submit the following supporting documents:

  • Resume/CV including education and professional work experience (max 2 pages)
  • Professional bio (150 words max.)
  • Letter of Intent: a detailed outline of your objectives for participating in this mentorship and why this opportunity is important to you (max 2 pages)
  • One letter of reference from an industry professional
"As the inaugural recipient of the Meridian Artists Agency mentorship I was able to refine my skills as a producer by getting insight into the talent industry, and their role in negotiations, pitches, and film and TV development. Being a talent agent is such an important role in the industry and it's opened my eyes to the overlapping skills that both producers and talent agents have."
~ Ava Torres, 2017 Recipient
2019 application period now closed. Thanks for applying!
2019 application period now closed. Thanks for applying!