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Drew Rivera

Made in NY Production Assist. Training Program - Class of '07

Parlayed a positive attitude and practical training into steady P.A. work.

For years, Rivera sat at a desk from 9 to 5. Dreaming of a career change, he discovered Gotham’s Made in NY Production Assistant Training Program. Just weeks later, Rivera was working on the set of a small, independent feature film shooting in Central Park.

Founded two years ago by Brooklyn Workforce Innovations in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, the four-week program gives a boost to disadvantaged or unemployed candidates committed to a career in film.

Students acquire skills from hands-on training with equipment to networking, and round off the experience by participating in an internship.

Since completing the program, Rivera has been consistently working as either a set or staff P.A. on feature films and reality television, including VH1’s recent live telecast of induction ceremonies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“If it wasn’t for that program, I probably wouldn’t be working in production,” Rivera says.