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March 1, 2012 - There’s a moment that comes for everyone in the industry when the project they’re working on comes to an end, and they’re able to stand back and know they’re part of something big. “Made in NY” graduate Jevonne Bowman is no stranger to that feeling.
Originally from Schenectady, New York, Bowman moved to the City after graduating from Howard because she wanted to work in the television industry. When a friend told her about the “Made in NY” PA Training Program, she jumped at the chance to apply.
“The program was really helpful,” she remembered. “It develops your skills so you can get a job. It’s a great place to launch from.”
The most important thing she learned during her training as a “Made in NY” PA was office skills. Knowing what happens in a production office and what the different staff positions were proved invaluable when she started her career. She also considers the staff from the program as great role models and mentors. “As a woman in the TV/film industry, I think it’s very important to support other women and hire them whenever possible,” she said.
Since graduating from Cycle 17 in February 2010, Bowman, who nows lives in Brooklyn, has worked on a number of projects. Most recently she was an associate producer on “Storm Chasers” and was the production coordinator for “Top Five,” a new series coming soon to the Travel Channel. She’s freelanced in post production as well and has worked as an assistant editor. “I’ve done a little bit of everything,” she said. She’s also a member of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and a member of New York Women in Film and Television.
One of Bowman’s favorite memories so far during her time working in the industry was an extraordinary night with “Gossip Girl” as the show filmed during Fashion’s Night Out at Diane von Furstenberg’s store in the Meatpacking District. “There were celebrities all around,” said Bowman. “It was fun, and I got to see how a show pulls off a location shoot like that.”
She also relishes that sense of accomplishment that comes at the end of a project. “My favorite part is when it’s all done, and you see the final project, and you feel proud.”
Though she’s currently looking for her next project – she’d love to do something for a food or travel show perhaps – Bowman knows she’s been lucky for the past year to have had consistent and long-term work. In the future she hopes to field produce and branch out with her own production company.
For now, she’s committed to attaining her goal of joining the PGA this year. “I’m a few TV credits shy of being eligible to apply for membership at the AP level,” she said.
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