“Made in NY” PA of the Month: Robert "NASA" Maasin
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April 15, 2015 -
Robert “NASA” Maasin shifted gears in a significant way two years ago when he went from being a phlebotomist to working in the entertainment industry.
Robert "NASA" Maasin. Photo courtesy of Michael Parmelee."
After getting laid off from his job, Maasin knew he wanted to pursue a different path and applied to the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. The training got him “ready for PA life,” and two years later, he’s got a slew of credits to his name.
Since becoming a “Made in NY” PA, the native of Jackson Heights, Queens has worked on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Anchorman 2, Boardwalk Empire, and The Blacklist. He’s currently working on Law & Order: SVU. “On Law & Order I am usually the floater PA, but a couple of weeks ago they gave me the opportunity to be Key PA on episode 16,” he said. It was a good experience, and I learned a lot.”
His family and friends are excited about his career as well. “They always think it’s pretty cool when I tell them what I've worked on,” he said. In the future, he has hopes to become a unit production manager.
“My advice to anyone interested in applying to the ‘Made in NY’ program is always be early.”
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