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Adrian Moron. Photo courtesy of BWI.
March 1, 2013 - Adrian Moron started out in Hollywood – Hollywood, Florida, that is – but managed to find his way into the production industry. After moving to New York City six years ago, he worked in restaurants but was unhappy with the direction his life was going. “It was just something to pay the rent,” he said. That all changed when he discovered the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program.
The program, which was developed in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, provides free training to diverse New Yorkers looking to start their careers in film and television as PAs. “The training put it into perspective what working in production is like,” Moron remembered. “It will be long hours, and you have to dedicate yourself to it.”
Once he became a certified PA in October 2010 as part of Cycle 20, he was fortunate to land a job with the Food Network show “Chopped.” The people he met on that production have helped to get him on other shows as well. He’s worked mostly on reality shows, working in the camera and lighting departments. Because of his various jobs he’s also gotten the chance to do things he would otherwise never have a chance to do, like riding in the parade at Mardi Gras.
Moron, who now lives in Astoria, Queens, likes the fast pace and challenges presented by working in the industry. “You make a plan and you go with it,” he said. “I like being in the moment.”
He just finished the 11th season finale of “Project Runway” and will soon be at work on the upcoming season of “Ink Masters.” With the money he’s saved up from working on productions, he plans to soon buy a camera so that he can get behind the lens and put out material geared to his interests.
In the meantime, he’ll continue to work hard. “[Being a PA] is commitment,” he said. “it’s not an easy life, but it’s a rewarding life.”
He also has words of thanks for the “Made in NY” PA instructors. “I’m pretty happy with my life right now,” he said. “Mara [Prater] and Nancy [Goldman] had a lot to do with that, and I would like to thank them.
“Life is different than it was three or four years ago.”
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