“Made in NY” PA of the Month: Gabriel McCabe
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April 2, 2014 - After eight months of driving a taxi, Gabriel McCabe was ready for a change in his life. The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program was there to help.
Gabriel McCabe. Photo courtesy of BWI.
The Queens native who now lives in the Bronx got his first experience with moviemaking while working security for the Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island. This glimpse into the industry intrigued him so it seemed like fate when a few years later, as he was leaving a bar, he encountered “Person of Interest” filming on the block. The PA he spoke to told him about the “Made in NY” program and he quickly applied.
“The training was strict,” McCabe recalled, “but you realize why after being on set. It helps you not to be green.” Among the useful skills he learned from the program were walkie lingo and how to carry yourself on set.
After graduating from Cycle 28 in October 2012, he was hired to work on the TV series “Deadly Sins” with Jason “Rowdy” Rody, who’s now the training coordinator for the PA program. McCabe was then hired as the show’s coordinator for its third season and has worked on number of commercials, including the recent Spider-Man ads to promote the post office.
His family is excited about his new career and his friends supportive, but they wish he was around more to hang out. He balances the long hours at work with the excitement he feels when he gets to visit a new location and the people he’s gotten to work with. “Every day is an adventure,” he said. “You get to call New York City your office.”
He advises anyone interested in becoming a “Made in NY” PA to be on time, listen to the instructors and have a thick skin. A good work ethic and keeping your connections are also key factors to success.
He’d eventually like to end up in the art department and a member of the union. “I like props and set dressing.”
In the meantime, he’ll continue working in the field he loves. “I feel like I have a career and a future.”
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