"Made in NY" PA of the Month

“Made in NY” PA of the Month: Gabriel McCabe

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.


Gabriel McCabe
Gabriel McCabe. Photo courtesy of BWI.
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.

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.”

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
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