From Homeless to a Union Job



Jimmy Gutierrez was the ideal candidate for Brooklyn Workforce Innovation’s “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program.
“My passion has always been entertainment,” says Gutierrez, but he was stuck in dead end jobs that were not paying the bills or fulfilling his dreams. Gutierrez also had several barriers to employment. He was orphaned at age 13, had not finished college, and was homeless. “I just had no direction. This is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
The program trains New Yorkers for entry level jobs in the film and television industry. Gutierrez is now a grip and a member of IATSE Local 52, earning $35 per hour. The job allowed him to accomplish several personal goals, including getting an apartment and saving for his daughter’s Sweet Sixteen, and he is looking forward to what the future will bring.
“I had a really tough life. Now I’m learning to enjoy it.”