“Made in NY” Graduate of the Month

“Made in NY” Graduate of the Month: Shanye Fayson

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.


Shanye Fayson
Shayne Fayson.
February 6, 2015 - While working at a department store, Shanye Fayson knew he wanted to do something different with his life. Now he has a career in the entertainment industry and is starting his own business.

The Brooklyn resident accomplished this by being a part of the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program, which prepares unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers for entry level jobs in film and television program. Fayson was a part of Cycle 31 and graduated as a “Made in NY” PA in June 2013. The program taught him what it’s really like to be a production assistant and how to network. As part of the training, he learned how important it is to leave a good impression on everyone he meets. The program also introduced him to new friends.

“I made lifelong friends,” he said. “Some of them, I’m going to know forever.”

He worked on a number of productions after graduation, including the Noah Baumbach-directed film While We’re Young. For the past year and a half, he worked on the CBS series Blue Bloods as the locations PA. Now, along with a few friends, he’s starting a new venture – his own business called Weird Sound Productions. He and his team have already worked with a documentary and a student film, and he’s looking forward to getting the business up and running.

His advice to anyone interested in becoming a “Made in NY” PA is to stay focused. “Find out what you want to do no matter how hard it seems,” he said. “You don’t want to regret staying in the same thing knowing your worth.”

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.


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