Spring on the York College campus

On Set with Netflix

Tyler Josbeno poses for a headshot photo

Tyler Josbeno ’18 remembers running across a busy Brooklyn street with a surge of adrenaline. A walkie-talkie in hand, he was working as a production assistant on the set of She’s Gotta Have It, a Netflix series created by 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Spike Lee’s production company. 

From that job, he went on to work a few commercials for Budweiser, spent a couple of days on set for NBC’s Manifest, and eventually landed on the set of HBO’s Bad Education. The work was busy, and he loved it. 

As a Mass Communication major with a range of video projects and a Fox 43 internship on his résumé, Josbeno graduated ready to pursue his future. The New Jersey native started looking for ways to make connections and get his foot in the door. That’s when his dad helped get his résumé in front of the right person, landing him the job on the set of season two of She’s Gotta Have It

“I knew I’d been given a great opportunity,” Josbeno says. “I made it my mission to do the best job I could.” That attitude, he says, helped him continue to get jobs on other sets. It’s what helped him land a long-term job as an office associate with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, where he works now. Most recently, he worked as a technical assistant on Spike Lee’s latest film, Da 5 Bloods

“When I look back at my time at York College, I’m incredibly grateful that I took the leap to change my path,” Josbeno says. “I know it was through the support of my family and the faculty around me that I took that chance. It was the best thing I could have done.”