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August 1, 2011 - In 2009, Terry Perry was working in the security department of a nursing home. One day, his life flashed before his eyes, and he came to a realization: “I can’t be here ten years from now.” Taking a chance, he applied to the “Made in NY” PA Training Program, which prepares diverse New Yorkers for entry level jobs on film and TV sets. Attending an open house to learn more about the program with 300 other hopeful applicants, he managed to make an impression and became part of Cycle 13.
“I always tried to stand out,” he said. “During training, I was known for my sneakers matching my shirt.” Perry has been able to take that love of fashion and turn it into a career, building on the skills he learned with the “Made in NY” PA Training Program. After working on numerous commercials and reality programs as a PA, he’s now a set costumer and a new member of the Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 764.
“I dress the background, and depending on the scene, I approve what they wear and make sure they don’t take anything off,” he said. He’s recently worked on the new HBO pilot “Spring/Fall” and the upcoming feature film Lola Versus.
“I couldn’t ask for a better job than that,” he said. “I love fashion and clothes. I love dressing people.” He’s thrilled to be part of the union and the benefits that come with it, like insurance.
In ten years, the Bronx native hopes to be a wardrobe supervisor and to be in a position to provide jobs for his fellow “Made in NY” PA Training Program graduates. “It’s a good program and a good opportunity for people who think maybe they can’t do it or can’t get into school to pursue their dreams. I want to pay it forward.”
He’s already working toward that goal, bringing on eight “Made in NY” PAs from a recent cycle as interns on one of his projects. “[The program] did a good deed for me, and now I want to do a good deed for them.”
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