My name is Mary Kate Pedro, I am a 2nd assistant accountant in the film and television industry, and I am from Cambridge, MA. After graduating from college in New York in 2011 with a degree in film production, I was fortunate enough to find work in the state where I was born and raised, where my parents and grandparents were born and raised: Massachusetts. My first job was as a production assistant in the construction department on Grown Ups 2. More interested in understanding how films were spending their budgets, I found my place in the accounting departments of The Judge, Chasing Life, Black Mass, and The Finest Hours.
I can personally vouch for the local businesses that we pay every day on productions, and the countless local employees on our payroll. As an accountant, part of my job is writing the checks that add up to millions of dollars going directly into the local economy. These are business owners from whom we get Christmas cards, thanking the production; these are buildings and facilities that, without our rent payments, would be left unoccupied; these are people like me, who — if it were not for the film industry — would either be living outside of Massachusetts or collecting unemployment.
From a personal standpoint, I can say that this industry is not just for creatives, it is for all kinds of working professionals. I have literally built my career in the state of Massachusetts. I lived at home with my parents while climbing the ladder, working 12-hour days, and loving every minute of it with hardworking people by my side. And now, thanks to the tax incentive, I have worked for almost a year straight without breaks between shows, and that is incredible. I am so thankful for the Massachusetts tax incentive, which has produced a growing and thriving industry that’s allowed me to grow and thrive in my home state and to watch my peers do the same.