Never before released, recorded candor of Broadway & screen actress Phyllis Somerville. Sharing hilarious anecdotes, acting career tips and cautions, plus a devastating casting demand made of her, culled from from her extraordinary career.
Forty-plus films to her credit including Stoker with Nicole Kidman. Nominated for a Best Actress Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. TV regular and guest star on over thirty series including The Big C, Castle Rock, House of Cards, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, and The Sopranos. Last starred on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird.
About: Paul Russell
Paul Russell has been in the entertainment industry for over forty years as an award-winning casting director, director and the author of ACTING: Make It Your Business. He’s cast for 20th Century Fox, HBO, Broadway, and regional theater. Featured in American Theatre Magazine, Paul has directed premiers, and at the Tony-award recognized Barter Theatre. He teaches master classes at university BFA and MFA actor training programs, and privately online with actors globally. Paul began his career in entertainment as a successful working actor. Visit Paul & Paul Russell Casting @ PaulRussell.net.
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“Actors put us on pedestals as if we should be bowed to. No! Screw that!” says casting director, director, and author Paul Russell. Russell demonstrates how actors better their audition success within the first 5 to 10 seconds of enterting the audition. In this video he’s joined by Broadway and Off-Broadway producer Randall Wreghitt (multiple TONY & Drama Desk winner) and acclaimed director, writer and lyricist Bill Russell who wrote Side Show, Pageant and The Texas Chainsaw Musical.
Paul Russell’s career as a casting director, director, acting teacher and former actor has spanned over thirty years. He has worked on projects for major film studios, television networks, and Broadway. Paul has taught the business of acting and audition technique at NYU and has taught master classes at acting programs at over two dozen universities including Hofstra, Elon, Yale, Temple, LSU, Wright State University, and Rutgers. He is the author ofACTING: Make It Your Business – How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor.
For more information on Paul’s projects, visit www.PaulRussell.net. And scroll down below to see what A-lister casting directors like Bernie Telsey, esteemed talent reps, university programs, and actors are raving about Russell’s best-selling book for actors!te
“Paul’s book made me proud to be a part of this community we call ‘show!’”
— KAREN ZIEMBA, TONY & Drama Desk Award Winning Actress
“Paul Russell’s words are not only blunt & accurate they zero in on all the questions every actor wants to know but is afraid to ask!”
— KEN MELAMED, Talent Agency Partner Bret Adams, Ltd.
“I had my Business of Acting, BFA Seniors, class do book reports on a variety of “business of acting” books and ACTING: Make It Your Businesscame out a clear winner—considered to be essential for their bookshelves!
— Dr. NINA LeNOIR, Dept. Chair – Dept. of Thtr. Chapman University