Classes - Paul Russell Casting Studies for Actors

"Paul Russell's constructive criticism, and reality of the acting profession
is uniquely detailed and incredibly truthful."

-- BERNARD TELSEY, casting director
(NBC's Peter Pan - Live!, Wicked,
Sex & The City: The Movie)

Paul has taught actors for the NYU-Tisch program and on college campuses including: Yale, Temple, Rutgers, Elon, James Madison University, Southeastern Missouri State University, Louisiana State University, University of Central Oklahoma, The University of The Arts and Northeastern University.

 

Casting Connections - A Master Class

4-week on-camera audition master class with guests from casting & representation

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SKYPESessions
Affordable classes. Anywhere. Virtually Anytime!
Career Counseling, Audition Assistance, and/or Actor Marketing brought to you wherever & whenever you wish.

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Private Classes & Coaching
Acting Career growth and/or Audition Assistance One on One with Paul in person!

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Master Classes - Universities & Arts Organizations
Single or Multiple Classes covering a broad range of topics from Actor Marketing to Audition Technique. For Schools & Arts Organizations Only.

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All classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent. 

 

what people are saying...

"You have this great ability to speak with authority and experience without coming off as a 'know it all.

You make the environment safe which allows creativity and growth. Thank you!"

-- ALEX DITMER

"This business is full of shysters, con-artists and souls so jaded
art will sadly never reach them;
you however are the Real McCoy.

Beneath your gruff exterior, staunch professionalism and hard-ass perfectionism is a charismatic,
discerning and inspired genius."

-- NICOLE POOLE

"I really don’t know how to say how grateful I am for everything over the past few weeks— thank you is not enough!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for my career make-over.”

-- KIM MEADE

 

Casting Connections - for actors with or without screen credits

Casting Connections

 

Based on his master classes he shares with MFA & BFA programs Paul focuses on bringing actors into the modern actor on-camera auditions and digital media real estate movement that casting and representation expect and utilize.

International and U.S. film casting director Donna McKenna; Indie film casting director Cindi Rush; and TV & film Legit agent Paula Poeta of The Mine join casting director, director and author Paul Russell for this one-of-a-kind four week on-camera master class. What makes this on-camera study different from the multitude of on-camera study? The month-long focus places importance not only on on-camera audition technique but also on the irrelevance of an actor's reel plus the evolution, improvement and creation of an actor's digital real estate. An actor’s digital media real estate and how-to-audition for screen work is rapidly changing.

2 Day Welcome Summer Sale! (Exp. 5/22)
10 Actors Only per Series

1 Seat Left in Series A
4 Seats Left in Series B


Class Curriculum (NYC)


Paul Russell @ Illinios Wesleyan University

 

WEEK 1: Mastering Media Real Estate (Having a reel is not necessary for participation.)

Discover what Prime-Time TV & major film casting expect of actor media in the digital revolution.

For the class participants with reels: Evaluation & advisement of modernizing your screen media.

 

WEEK 2: Commanding the LIVE On-Camera Audition & Actor Branding - Getting the Job

Plus...

Analysis of Improvements

Paul Russell @ Illinios Wesleyan University
(Working with Actors on Audition Technique
@ Oakland University)

Strengthen acting & LIVE On-Camera audition skills via scene study; Define & leverage your type; Perfect your brand for when meeting industry employers; Target on what makes each actor excel while in the audition.

Utilizing audition scenes—from current screen and theatrical projects—Paul and his assistant work with each actor to command every live audition encountered.

 

WEEK 3: LIVE On-Camera Audition Technique & Branding Follow-up

Plus...

Final Analysis of Media Prior to Presentation to the Entertainment Industry Panel

Paul Russell @ Illinios Wesleyan University(Working with the Actors
of Illinois Wesleyan University)

Audit and consult on improvement of: On-camera technique; Effectively commanding the audition, text analysis, and dressing right for your brand. For actors with digital media a review of thier material.

Wrap-up Q&A preparing the actor for the panel.


 

WEEK 4: The Agent Panel Showcase & Feedback


Having been coached by Paul--actors individuality meet and present their improved on-camera skills to the advisor panel. Actors with digital media will have thier material presented to the panel as well.

At the end of the evening individual written feedback is provided on the actor's scene work by the panel. A wrap-up Q & A with Paul and his assistant follows.


Only 10 Actors Accepted per Series

What actors are saying...

 

"I absolutely loved Paul Russell's class,
which I highly recommend to anyone.

Since taking the class I have booked two more commercials, including one that I was directly called in for by the CD.
I feel 100% goal orientated!"

Artie Brennan

 

"Paul Russell's direction and insight
has truly empowered
and inspired me!

My confidence in myself and my craft is back and better than ever and I feel like I can take on the world!

Katie Martin

     

"I booked my first two co-stars on network television...
LAW & ORDER: SVU and HOSTAGES.

And just this week, I booked my third co-star on CBS’s UNFORGETTABLE

I now have the tools to move forward confidently
in my career and towards my dreams. I am so grateful!"

Erica Camarano

 

"What a great experience!

Everything taught was helpful and practical...

I've booked another lead in a film!"

Susan Caro

     

Master Class Preceptor

PAUL RUSSELL
(Paul Russell Casting, Director, Author)


Advisor Panel - June 2015
(subject to change)


Donna McKenna
(Film casting director - DOnna McKenna Casting, CSA)

 

PAULA POETA
(Senior Film & TV Legit Talent Agent - The Mine)

 

CINDI RUSH
(TV, Film & Theatrical Casting Director - Cindi Rush Casting, CSA)

 

  • Donna McKenna
  • Paula Poeta
  • Cindi Rush
  • Paul Russell

DONNA McKENNA - (Film casting director - Donna McKenna Casting C.S.A.) is an established international casting director and producer who is well known for discovering unique new talent as well as recognizing the seasoned professional who has the desire to take risks and play against type. Donna has wonderful relationships rooted in trust with all industry personnel including actors, agents and managers.

Donna holds a seat on the board of the Nassau County Film and Television Foundation and the Suffolk County Film Commission. She is frequently invited to host audition/film workshops for the SAG-AFTRA NYCAP programs and teaches at many acting schools worldwide. In 2013 she was invited to teach a workshop at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

She has cast over 25 independent feature films, 9 short films and 4 web series. Her ensemble casts consist of not only award-winning actors from film, television and Broadway but she has discovered and cast new up and coming actors. Some of her films have been invited to screen at renowned film festivals including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. Her recent film Trust Me, I'm a Lifeguard premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and many of her films have won numerous festival awards.

Recently she cast and produced the film Leaves of the Trees which stars Academy Award Nominee Eric Roberts, Emmy Award Winner Armand Assante, Sean Young and Federico Castelluccio and was filmed on location in Sicily. Academy Award Nominees Eric Roberts and Cathy Moriarty star in her film A Cry From Within and her theatrical released dramedy Excuse Me for Living stars Emmy Award Nominee Jerry Stiller, 3 time Emmy Award Winner Dick Cavett, 2 time Emmy Award Winners Christopher Lloyd and Tom Pelphrey and an all star cast. Donna is extremely passionate about every project she is involved in and her recent works show that her genuine likeable personality mixed with her many skills and abilities makes her a casting director that many actors want to work with again and again.

 

 

PAULA POETA - (Senior Film & TV Legit Talent Agent - The Mine) originally from Brazil, Paula moved to Los Angeles to pursue her BA in Theatre Arts at Long Beach State University. She worked her way up the ladder and soon found herself entrenched in the Hollywood community. After working for networks including NBC, FOX, and MTV, Paula made the move to New York to combine her love for theatre with her passion for the screen. Paula books actors on a variety of NYC episodics and feature films as well as theatre projects.

Most recent bookings include: Money Monster – with George Clooney, The Knick – Cinemax, The Blacklist, Mysteries of Laura, Banshee, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Being Mary Jane - BET series, Person of Interest, Royal Pains

SUCCESS STORIES: Paula Poeta has called back actors from Paul Russell's master classes and signed the actors as clients.

 

 

 

 

CINDI RUSH (Film, TV & Theatrical Casting Director - Cindi Rush Casting, CSA) has been in casting for 22 years--the last 15 at her own company: Cindi Rush Casting in New York. Her office is one of the busiest for actors overlooked by the entertainment industry at large. Cindi casts many indie-features plus film-festival award-winners. Her film credits include The Grief of Others (CANNES / SXSW), Runoff (L.A. Film Fest.), Policy of Truth (SOHO Film Fest), The Woman (Sundance), Funeral Kings (SXSW) Teresa is a Mother, Made for Each Other, Jug Face (Slamdance), In The Family (Independent Spirit), Rising Stars, Headspace and the TV-movie thriller Ghoul starring Barry Corbin.

Equally busy casting for stage as she is casting for film her theatrical credits include: Broadway's Urinetown and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Also in New York: Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Under My Skin, Silence! Rooms: A Rock Romance, The Thing About Men, Home Street Home, and revivals of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Say Goodnight, Gracie Off-Broadway. Regionally, she casts for Arena Stage; the Goodman Theatre; Pittsburgh Public, Penquin Rep., Triad Stage, Hudson Stage, Charleston Stage Co., and the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays.

This event marks Cindi Rush's first participation on a panel for Paul Russell's master class. Cindi has participated on similar panels and from those events she has called in and cast actors met.

 

PAUL RUSSELL; award-winning casting director, director, and author of ACTING: Make It Your BusinessHow to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor (Penguin - Random House) has 30-plus years experience in entertainment that includes film, TV and Broadway. He began his career journey as a successful working actor.

As an independent casting director, he has cast for major studios including Twentieth Century Fox, HBO, Warner Brothers plus casting for New York and regional theater.

As a director Russell has directed at Tony award-winning L.O.R.T. theaters and Off-Broadway productions. He worked alongside playwright John Guare directing the first regional production of Mr. Guare's A Free Man of Color.

He teaches master classes on acting and the entertainment business on the campuses of America’s finest performing arts schools including: NYU, Yale, Elon, Rutgers University, Wright State University, Oakland University, Oklahoma Central University, Temple University, The University of The Arts, Emory & Henry College, Coastal Carolina University, James Madison University, Southeastern Missouri State University, Louisiana State University, and Northeastern University....

 

 



- Dates & Enrollment -

 
- WHERE:

A Modern, Mid-town Manhattan Studio

- WHO:

Actors 18 yrs. & over

- WHEN & HOW:

 

Series A - Mondays June 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th (All classes 6PM - 9PM) 1 Seat Left!

Series B - Tuesdays June 9th, 16th, 23rd & Monday 6/29
(All classes 6PM - 9PM) 4 Seats Remain!

Discounted Welcome Summer Sale Rate: $49.50 per class - 25% OFF
(one-time payment of $198 Exp. 5/22)

or

EZ-PAY Installments: 4 weekly installments of $68.50
($274 total). After submitting the initial installment below, remaining installments are invoiced and due: May 26th, June 2nd & 8th

 

June 2015

 

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  • .Select Preference of Series A or B.
  • Select Preference of Discount Rate ($198) or EZ-Pay Installment Plan (4 weekly payments of $68.50)
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    Guest advisers' careers cover one or all areas of entertainment: TV, film and/or Broadway. Lead instructor and guest advisers' participation does not connote offers of employment or representation to class participants. These classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent.

     

    By clicking on the above payment button you agree to the Registration Agreement / Cancellation Policy:

 

 

 

SKYPE Sessions - Affordable Private Acting Career Classes Anywhere. Anytime.*

 

"Skyping with Paul is so productive. He is an amazing teacher!

So much information and communication is given to you.
Paul gives a lot, and this is all very special."

Kimberly Dorsey
Paul Russell's Studies for Actors student

Affordable, private, live, acting career advice:Great for busy actors. Actors outside of New York. And actors who prefer the comfort of their home or neighborhood coffee shop.

Your choice to fit your needs: Career consultation. Audition coaching. Marketing make-over. Or thespian ‘therapy.’ Casting director, director and author of ACTING: Make It Your Business, Paul Russell will come to you live via any digital device globally as he has done with actors in LA, Chicago, and Europe including working with a class of acting students in Germany. Great also for NYC area actors who don't want to trudge to a studio to work with Paul.

 

30 minutes private world-wide: $35

or

60 minutes private world-wide: $55

  • You set the time

  • You set the place

  • You set the goals

  • Paul comes to you

  • Any digital device


Discount for Multiple SKYPE™ Sessions:


Multiple SKYPE Sessions are great for: Long-term Career Counseling, How to Better Market as an Actor, Understanding Your Brand & Type, Self-Esteem Support, and Bettering Audition Skills

Registration Below

 

what people are saying...

"Paul Russell's constructive criticism,
and reality of the acting profession
is uniquely detailed
and incredibly truthful."

-- BERNARD TELSEY casting director
(Smash, Sex & The City: The Movie, Wicked)

"This business is full of shysters, con-artists and souls so jaded
art will sadly never reach them;
you however are the Real McCoy.

Beneath your gruff exterior, staunch professionalism and hard-ass perfectionism is a charismatic,
discerning and inspired genius."

-- NICOLE POOLE

"I really don’t know how to say how grateful I am for everything over the past few weeks— thank you is not enough!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for my career make-over.”

-- KIM MEADE

 

SKYPE - Registration

All you need is a digital device, Internet, and a free SKYPE™ account. (A link for the free SKYPE™ download will be offered after registration.)



  • Choose 30 mins, 60 min.s or a discounted bundle of multiple sessions.


  • Within 24hrs. of your registration Paul will contact you personally to arrange an online session that matches your schedule, and ask what are your needs.

Note: All times are based on Eastern Standard Time, New York City (EST). Actors located within outside time zones should calculate their desired local time to coincide with Eastern Standard Time (Need help converting time zones? Click on: Time Zone Calculator)

 

Choose Session:
One 30 min. Skype™ Session @ $35
One 60 min. Skype™ Session @ $55
Three 30 min. Skype™ Sessions @ $90
Three 60 min. Skype™ Sessions @ $150  

Non-members of Intuit Payment Can Pay Via the "Make payment without creating an account" Link On The Payment Page
After Using the "Purchase" Button Above

*After registration participants will be contacted via e-mail to specify day(s), start and end times that accommodate both the participant and Paul Russell. In the event a participant is seeking an immediate session within 48 hours of registering and Paul is not available, funds will be transferred back to the registrant. All other sales are final.

By clicking on the above payment button you agree to the Registration Agreement / Cancellation Policy

 


 

what people are saying...

"Paul Russell, gives it to you straight and honest, but without being destructive to your actor's soul. "

-- MELINA GAMMERSBACH
Cologne, Germany
(SKYPE Student)

"I teach at the International Film School in Cologne. I had a fantastic group of 10 German actors.

We were fortunate to have Paul Russell, via Skype, to talk with the actors about working in the US.

Paul in his usually direct but very caring manner toward actors, shared with them his many years of experience as a casting director and director.

The actors also had the opportunity to pose questions to Paul which he answered in his animated, humorous way.

Thank you Paul! It was a very informative, helpful, interactive and fun evening!"

-- KATHLEEN RENISH
Cologne, Germany
(actress & instructor)

"Paul helped me with my audition at my home here in Chicago from his office in New York.

Without his caring and insightful guidance I wouldn't have had a successful audition!

I got the part!

Thanks Paul!"

-- SANDRA NICOLE
Chicago, IL
(SKYPE student)

 

Private Classes - One-on-One with Paul

"This business is full of shysters, con-artists and souls so jaded art will sadly never reach them; you however are the Real McCoy.

Beneath your gruff exterior, staunch professionalism and hard-ass perfectionism is a charismatic, discerning and inspired genius. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the good sense to trust you... "

Nicole Poole - actress
Paul Russell's Studies for Actors student

How Paul can help you...

Paul offers several options for private classes.

  • Career Coaching with Audition Technique (3 classes over three weeks) details

  • Single Session Coaching for Audition Prep and/or Career Counseling
    details


 

what people are saying...

"After years of being an aimless actor I’m thankful for your seminar and its motivating affects.

I wasn’t sure what to expect and was extremely pleased to find someone who wasn’t just cashing a check in the name of networking. Your desire to help actors is evident to all and if I may speak for many others, we very much appreciate it."

-- TROY ZIEGLER

"Thank you for sharing your knowledge to all actors in an egoless manner.

The world needs generous people like you. You're a devoted teacher, casting director, and artist for the theatrical community. "

-- ERIN MULGREW

 


Career Coaching w/Audition Technique (3 weeks)
Actors 18 Years of Age & Over

What do you need? Paul can customize one-hour intensives held over three consecutive weeks that will focus on your needs and/or the following:

  • Get Career Coaching to Break-Through Barriers

  • Discover with Paul a Marketing Make-over for both Your Hard-copy and Digital Materials

  • Discover How to Best Approach Find / Work with an Agent

  • Perfect Your Audition Skills / Script Analysis One-on-One with Paul

  • Refine Interview Strategies for Meetings with Directors & Talent Reps

The One-On-One series provides the actor with Paul's undivided attention as your private counsel. Paul knows how to market a career in entertainment. He also understands how actors can excel in auditions. As a working casting director, director and an industry-insider who was once an actor he knows the job market and the stresses an actor faces daily. With Paul as your coach he'll work with you privately to overcome challenges you feel are challenging your momentum and propel you forward.

where:
A Modern, Mid-town Manhattan Studio
when:

Next Available Private Classes: June 2015

Series A - Mondays June 8th, 15th, 22nd (4 PM - 5 PM) FULL

Series B - Tuesdays June 9th, 16th, 23rd (4 PM - 5 PM) FULL

Series C - Mondays June 8th, 15th, 22nd (3 PM - 4 PM)

Series D - Tuesdays June 9th, 16th, 23rd (3 PM - 4 PM)

 

Choose Series:
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By clicking on the above payment button you agree to the Registration Agreement / Cancellation Policy

 

Single Sessions w/Paul

Whether in person or via SKYPE™:

  • You want to prepare for an important audition...

  • Work on your skill set...

  • Hone your interview skills for when standing / sitting before casting decision makers or for when meeting with perspective representation...

  • Or seek guidance on career issues...

From experience earned from both sides of the audition table Paul understands what the gate-keepers of work respond to... plus what actor audition / interview skills and behavior wins an actor representation, call-backs and most importantly... jobs.

"Thank you very much for all the insights and guidance you gave me during our three week sessions.

Though your expertise and advice was excellent, what I shall remember most was your support, encouragement and honest appraisal of me – Jorge; not just my work but the ‘person’ you got to meet and experience. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!"

-- JORGE HOYOS

Rate:

$69 per hour

OR

$110 for two consecutive hours.

Where:
Either in person in a modern, Mid-town, Manhattan studio or via SKYPE™. The choice is at your comfort.
When:
Contact Paul via the contact page. Include your needs, length of session(s) one or two hours. Together a schedule will be accommodated.
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