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November 1, 2011 - Darryl Prevost’s interest in film production began at an early age while watching his dad do camera work in his native country Haiti. He always wanted to go to film school, but couldn’t afford it. After hearing about the “Made in NY” PA Training Program, which prepares young New Yorkers for entry-level jobs in film and television, he decided to apply and eventually became part of Cycle 19.
Coming into the program, Prevost didn’t know what to expect, but after a few days he knew it was worth it. “The discipline required while attending and completing the course was what I needed at the time,” he said. “It prepared me for the day-to-day production assistant hustle and bustle.”
Since graduating from the program in August 2010, Prevost has worked on productions including Too Big to Fail, “Blue Bloods,” and Premium Rush, a feature film coming out in 2012. He is currently working on the indie film Bad Parents, and will soon be traveling to Virginia for a History Channel production.
Prevost’s experience of the industry has been very positive so far. “My favorite part about working in production is the vast amount of people you get to meet, the places you get to go and also taking part in something that requires tremendous amounts of energy from start to finish.”
The Brooklyn resident now aspires to work on a Spike Lee set and eventually become a DGA Assistant Director. But that’s just the short-term goal. Further down the line, he hopes to “produce several major motion pictures, direct a few features and win a few Oscars for Best Picture.”
Prevost’s advice to future “Made in NY” PAs is to stay disciplined and focus on the bigger picture. “Challenges will occur that may make you stray from this profession and your goals, so you need to focus and remember why you are in this business,” he said. “Also, network, network and network.”
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