“Made in NY” Graduate of the Month

“Made in NY” Graduate of the Month: Harold Williams

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.

Harold Williams
Harold Williams.
October 6, 2014 - Over the past three years ago, Harold Williams has gone from sleeping on a friend’s couch to creating his own production company. The Brooklyn resident’s journey started when he applied to the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program.

What was your life like before you began the program?
Before I entered the program, I was in a really low place. I was sleeping on a friend’s couch and working as a cater waiter.

What made you decide to pursue a career in entertainment production?
I was a TV kid. I would sit in front of the television for hours and watch my favorite cartoons and sitcoms. It never occurred to me that there were teams of people making these shows happen for a living. One night, I asked myself: What would I be happy doing? I wanted to work in entertainment.

Once you were accepted into the “Made in NY” PA Training Program, what was your experience like?
Training was tough but rewarding. I met amazing people who left a lasting impact on me.

What projects have you worked on since graduation? What are you currently working on?
I have worked on “Project Runway,” “Ink Masters,” “America's Got Talent,” “The Face,” “Four Weddings” [and more]. I'm producing my own projects now. Currently I have several projects in development through my production company HaKofi Productions. We have a short film in post-production, and the trailer is on our website HaKofi.com. I love the process of making something out of nothing.

How has your life changed since the program?
The program opened doors that I was unable to even knock on before. It was the beginning of my dreams coming true.

Describe your experience of the industry. What is your favorite part of working in production, and what challenges have you faced since entering the field?
The industry is chaotic, fun and crazy. My favorite part of working in the industry is going places and experiencing things that only happen in this industry. There are many challenges in production; the hours are extremely long, and your personal life suffers immensely. It is also an industry that relies heavily on the recommendation of others, so it’s all about who you know and that could impede on your professional advancement. You have to be careful not to get stuck in the same place professionally. I’m always looking to grow.

What are your career goals, both short- and long-term?
My goal is to release two more projects from HaKofi Productions in 2015. My long-term goal is to have an online independent television network.

Do you have any advice for other “Made in NY” PAs or people who might be interested in applying to the program?
My advice is to dream, dream big. Take the program seriously, and you will succeed.

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.

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