“Made in NY” PA of the Month

“Made in NY” PA of the Month: Willie Westone

Each month we showcase an individual who participated in the "Made in NY" PA Training Program. Click here for information on the free, month-long program developed in conjunction with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations and designed to create job opportunities for New Yorkers, connect New Yorkers with employers in the industry, and educate production assistants on how to work collaboratively with the communities in which they shoot.


Willie Westone.
Willie Westone.
June 1, 2015 - A Harlem native, Willie Westone knew he wanted to work in the television/movie industry ever since he was a teenager. After seeing ads in the subways about the “Made in NY” PA Training Program, he did some research, but kept putting off attending an info session for months. “Then I randomly jumped up out of bed and ran to one,” he remembered. “Made it with like five minutes to spare.”

The training, which prepares unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers for entry-level jobs in the production industry, was “hard work but fun,” as he described it, and “one of the greatest experiences I'll always cherish.” He went on to say: “There wasn't a moment in class that wasn't vital for thriving in this industry.”

An internship on The Last Five Years during the final days of training caused a domino effect that led him to work on America’s Got Talent as a post PA and later as the show’s post coordinator. He also worked on a host of productions, including The Following, Hostages, Run All Night, and My Dead Boyfriend. More recently he’s worked as the post PA on A&E’s The First 48.

“I’ve met some amazing people and had so many experiences people only dream of,” he said. “Each year, I feel much more motivated and driven.”

When he first started working in the industry in 2013, his family thought it was all “glitz and glamour,” but they soon realized it’s actually hard work.

“It’s been challenging but so rewarding,” said Westone. He’s now focused almost entirely on post production and would one day like to become a post supervisor. He also has long-term dreams of running his own post production company, one that caters to film, commercials, and television.

For anyone interested in becoming a “Made in NY” PAs, Westone offered these words of advice: “Stay humble and at the same time remain confident that you can do anything you want to in this industry.”

Interested in learning more about the “Made in NY” PA Training Program? Click here.

Read more about previous "Made in NY" PAs of the Month here.


2015
Willie Westone
Robert "NASA" Maasin

Shanye Fayson
Katherine Fernandez
2014
Harold Williams
Mabell Fernandez
Jermaine Cameron
Tanesha Hartfield
Gabriel McCabe
Angela Persico
Erica Solano
Denzil Thomas

2013
Julian Montoya
Jasmine Blackmon
Eric Perez
Joëlle Dussek
Caroline Ibarra
Stan Leung
Jessica Mayfield
Rahsaan Bennett
Lance Darrell
Adrian Moron
Maya Elena Thomas
Diana Klein


2012
Sorin Pitu
Klarissa Jackson
Estelle Francois
Meaghan "Lyric" Perez
Orla Manning
Lee Walker
Chantelle "Telly" Geathers
Jevonne Bowman
Bryant Donohue


2011
Darryl Prevost
Terry Perry
Tashia Valverde
James Adames
Anna Wong
Madeline Kossman
Rodney Byerson
Edgar Velez


2010
Justin Wong
Erick Charles
Teena Marie Delerme-Lugo
Key Soto
Antonio Green
Paulo Marquez
Jennifer Santos
Martin Peterson
Patrick Raphael
Will Mahr
Heyward Thomas


2009
Willie Leon
Shannon Olivaria
Dorothy Hall
Deshawne Jackson
Katiana Noel
Mike Represa
Chastity Thomas
Yancy Rodriguez
Alexander Etseyatse


2008
Nicalena Iovino
Jay Scala
Brian Hightower
Jonathan Wu
Alma Bruderman
Coleridge (Ahsaan) Mitchell
Nelson Quinones
Paul Hernandez
Crystal Jackson


2007
Tsahai Wilson
JC Mendoza
Myo Campbell
Gabrielle Rivera
Yves Wilson