What will be included on my resume reel?
Your resume reel will include a professional open and closing slate. There will be a multiple stand-up montage, depending on the class you choose. Your tape will include a hard news package, a feature news package and if you take the Platinum course, you'll have an additional package of your choice, hard news or feature news.
Will the tape guarantee me a job?
No. If anyone tells you their service guarantees a job on-air, run. It is extremely difficult to land a job as a reporter... even in small towns that pays less than $20,000 a year. It's that competitive.
Even so, LARC has helped more people land their first on-air job than any other service. That means news directors look for our graduates first and respect the training you get only at LARC.
How many people are in the class?
One - you. LARC only takes one student at a time to ensure the highest level of training, making each tape unique and keeping the costs down. Other services have classes with 3 to 8 people, all making the same tape with the same phony stories. Remember, news directors see those tapes and when they know when one is phony... the other fake tapes are rejected immediately. ____________________________
Other services help get people hired - what makes LARC special?
Besides helping more people land on-air jobs than any service, besides having some of the lowest overall prices - Experience. After your LARC course, you can confidently say you covered news stories, conducted field interviews, worked as a real reporter. In the job interview, news directors will ask you about the stories on your tape. If they're a bunch of fake stories you didn't cover, you're stuck. News directors have repeatedly stated how impressed they were by LARC graduates who knew the basics of covering news. With a phony tape, you can't get that training. And can you really feel good about doing phony reports designed to trick a news director into thinking you've actually reported?
Also, it's a great life experience. LARC students have conducted one-on-one interviews with news-makers and celebrities such as Will Smith, James Cameron, Sen. John Kerry and a hundreds of other a-list stars.
Are the stories real news stories?
Yes. LARC reporters are hired because of the real-world training that only LARC provides. We take you to the scene of stories where you interview people, write scripts, perform stand-ups while the story is happening, etc. Without that real-world experience, you are not in a position to compete.
Beware of other services that claim to make real-news resume tapes. If you're given a pre-written script, not actually at the scene of a story and never interview people, you're making a phony resume tape. Most news directors reject resume tapes with phony stories. Don't hurt your chances. Even if you don't choose LARC, make sure your stories are real stories you covered yourself.
Are there any discounts?
Yes. Some discounts up to 50% off. For instance, if you watch the LARC calendar, and a week is approaching that isn't marked "Closed", you can get 50% off the class if you sign up the week before. The discount doesn't include flight costs, nor the hotel costs.
Also, local students get a $350 no-flight discount off the Premium and Platinum class. If you're not local, and can make flight arrangements on your own, LARC will take $350 off your tuition.