Applications are now open to send an emerging post-production professional to NAB Show in Las Vegas.

February 2, 2018

Los Angeles

The Blue Collar Post Collective announced today the opening of applications for their next Professional Development Accessibility (PDAP) recipients. Applications are now being accepted to send three US-based post production professionals with financial need to NAB Show in Las Vegas, including hotel, airfare, and conference pass.

“Blue Collar Post Collective is the only organization in the post production industry that provides financial support to people for events like NAB. That’s because our leadership is full of individuals who want to make things better for those coming behind us, and being exposed to the people and information at conferences like this is so important for personal growth. It’s incredibly difficult to make the leap from early to mid-career when you’re hitting a financial barrier. When we can remove these barriers and create access, all different kinds of people will emerge -- and that’s the right thing to do,” added Blue Collar Post Collective President Kylee Peña.

Applicants should complete the form in full on before the February 17th deadline. To be considered, applicants must reside in the US and have an income less than or equal to the median income of their city of residence. More eligibility requirements can be found on the application, including documentation that must be submitted.


This new round of applications follows a successful cohort of three post production professionals in 2017: Tara Pennington, Eugene Vernikov, and Nolan Jennings. Their experiences were documented on the PDAP website and by Creative COW, where they urged potential recipients to put aside doubt and apply. Jennings, an assistant editor in Los Angeles, said of his decision to apply, “the only way to grow is by pushing yourself into unknown have friends and mentors in your life, you just haven’t met them yet.” Pennington, an editor in Los Angeles, added the experience, “it gave me confidence and perspective, and knowledge. I learned so much! And a lot of new contacts that I know will help me, whether with knowledge or a job, or just someone to talk shop with and run ideas by.”

With an increased focus on inclusiveness in the film and television industry, conferences like NAB continue to try to widen their audience and diversify attendees. The Professional Development Accessibility Program -- funded entirely by donations from members and businesses -- naturally bolsters this effort by creating a bridge between the wider industry and the diverse membership of the Blue Collar Post Collective. By bringing new faces to major events, we are reminding the wider industry that all professionals, including those who are low-income earners with non-traditional paths, have voices that are of equal value and importance to the film and television community.

The concept for the program emerged when a BCPC member, who was an intern in a New York post house, had a technical paper accepted to a major conference. Former co-president Katie Hinsen was shocked to learn he couldn’t attend the conference to present his paper due to financial constraints and vowed never to have it happen again.

To check your eligibility and apply for the program, go to