It often takes years of rejection, cynical compromise, and self-delusion to crush a young person’s idyllic illusions about a life in Hollywood, but now you can accomplish it all in a single weekend. Abstractly defined creative community enabling company Talenthouse has announced a competition in which aspiring artists can come and work for frequently employed director Brett Ratner in a number of capacities, soaking up all of the Ratner they can and in the process learning face-to-face exactly what sort of person tends to succeed in the industry. If you’re a wannabe graphic designer, Ratner wants you to design an animated logo for his Rat Entertainment production company. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, Ratner asks that you submit a short for his approval, after which he’ll select a person to come and sit next to him on a shoot and, you know, probably discuss F-stops and canted angles and maybe neorealist techniques. Even acting hopefuls have a shot at becoming a “featured extra” in his upcoming film Tower Heist. You could talk to Matthew Broderick, maybe!
But perhaps best of all is Ratner’s invitation to help him do a photoshoot for his “new favorite magazine,” Treats!, which Ratner describes in the below video as being all about fashion and culture while flipping idly through page after page of young, naked girls. You can either come and assist him on a shoot or, if you’re a model who’s just starting out, go ahead and send him a picture so he can determine whether you’ve got the goods. Your education in how things really work begins here.