Classes - Paul Russell's 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 Sound of Music - Live!, Smash,
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.

 

Access To Agents
The Master Class (nyc)

Paul Russell offers his MFA / BFA. class to NYC! 4-week acting career-intensive. Culminates with individual actor scene presentations to a panel of Legit talent agents.

Curriculum: Audition Technique, Scene Study, Modern Actor Marketing, Actor Branding & How Actors Effectively Agent Their Career

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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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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

 

Access To Agents | THE MASTER CLASS (nyc)

 

Other 'seminars' take actors' money and push the unsupported actor through a door... No guidance. No learning.

Paul Russell Casting's 4-week long, Access to Agents master class fully supports the actor: providing long-term career strategies while improving the actor's art.


"Thanks to your class I am now working with one of the attending agents! Proud to say that I starred in my first full feature!"

Gonzalo Trigueros
Actor

"Thanks Paul
for a great seminar.
We’re calling in seven
of the actors…"

Judy Boals - Agency Owner
Judy Boals, Inc.

 

"I got called back, met and signed with the team at Judy Boals Inc.!

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

Erica Camarano - actor


4-Week, Acting Career Advancement Intensive

Acting Make It Your Business - Master Class

Paul Russell's one-of-a-kind master class is based on the master classes he shares with MFA & BFA programs that have opened doors for many actors...

The NYC master class includes a panel of talent agents providing feedback on the actor's work & progress...

 

"Paul is excellent at what he does. A smart casting director with a sharp eye"
Tina Howe, Playwright

 

Class Curriculum (NYC):

Only 10 Actors Accepted per Series

  • Week 1: Modern Actor Marketing Make-over (digital & hardcopy upgrades)

  • Week 2: Strengthen Acting & Audition Skills; Define & Leverage Your Type; Perfect Your Brand for when Meeting Industry Employers

  • Week 3: Continue Scene Study; Develop Interview Strategies

  • Week 4: Receive Constructive Written Feedback on Audition Skills and Marketing Materials from the Guest Advisers following an open Q&A. Class Scenes are culled from TV and Film Audition Sides from Paul Russell Casting's Scene Library or from your Resources


Workshop Leader

Paul Russell
(Paul Russell Casting, Director, Author)


Adviser Panel - Oct. 2014
(subject to change)

Judy Boals
(Talent Agency Owner, Judy Boals, Inc. - A Talent & Literary Agency)

Michael Goddard
(Talent Agency Owner, CGF Talent)

Chad Pisetsky
(Senior Legit Agent - Henderson / Hogan; a bi-coastal agency)

All guest advisers cover TV, film, and theater with projects ranging from major-studio to independent offerings, and Broadway, national tours and regional theater. Attending agents are franchised by Screen Actors' Guild-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association to represent talent.

Dates & Registration | Success Stories & Feedback

October 2014 Adviser & Workshop Leader Bios:

  • Judy Boals
  • Michael Goddard
  • Chad Pisetsky
  • Paul Russell

JUDY BOALS - (Judy Boals, Inc. - A Talent & Literary Agency) Judy has represented actors and writers on the screen and Broadway for over two decades. Clients, many award-winners, have worked on projects that include: Screen: Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, Girls, The Blacklist, The Following, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, all Law & Order franchises; Broadway: Act One, Bullets Over Broadway, Superior Donuts, Inherit The Wind (revival), Disney's The Lion King, The Phantom of The Opera; Regional Theatre: Cincinnati Playhouse, Alabama Shakes, Huntington, Walnut Street, Cleveland Playhouse, The Barter, and many more award winning theaters. Her clients also appear in major studio, and independent films.

Success Stories: Judy Boals has called back, and signed, many actors from Paul Russell's Master Classes. Judy's feedback to actors is always insightful.

MICHAEL GODDARD - (Talent Agency Owner-Partner: CGF Talent) represents a formidable roster of actors including Academy Award, Emmy and TONY nominees and winners! Michael Goddard partnered with Joel Carlton and Christopher Freer to create CGF Talent. His clients have recently been seen in The Wolf Of Wall Sreet, The Other Woman, (Cameron Diaz), HBO'S True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, USA's Graceland, Obivious Child (Jenny Slate), Orange Is The New Black, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Carrie Diaries, Blue Bloods, The new STARZ show Power and many more. On Broadway: Kinky Boots, Pippin, Aladdin, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Beautiful, and The Lion King. He has had clients work at most every major regional and Off-Broadway theater including The Guthrie, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Co, Lincoln Center Theatre, Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages and Goodspeed Musicals. He often works with upcoming developmental clients as well as established Broadway names.

Success Stories: Michael Goddard has called back and signed actors from Paul Russell's Master Classes.

Chad Pisetsky (Senior Legit Agent, Henderson/Hogan) recently joined the bi-coastal agency after being an agent for DGRW. Chad is always looking to build his roster. A full bio will posted once Chad settles into his new home at Henderson / Hogan.

Success Stories: Chad Pisetsky has called back and signed actors from Paul Russell's Master Classes.

PAUL RUSSELL; casting director, director, and author of ACTING: Make It Your BusinessHow to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success as a Working Actor(Penquin-Random House) has 30 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 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater.

As a director Russell has directed at TONY award-winning L.O.R.T. theaters and Off-Broadway productions.

He has taught 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...

 

 

 

what people are saying...

"I'm STILL booking
through About Artists Agency.
All thanks to your master classes!
Thank you!"

-- J.P. GROENINGER

"Never have I felt as satisfied
with an investment of time and money
as I feel about your class.

I will be recommending your seminars
to every actor I know!

I now have a more realistic perspective
about the business and an intelligent business plant hat will produce results
I want for my career."

-- STEPHANIE CAIRD

"From the two agencies
that called me back
I signed with
The Mine.

Thanks so much for all your wisdom, time and 'inner monologues' guiding me in the right direction.

I love you Paul!"

-- A'LISA MILES

"I absolutely loved your class, which I highly recommend to anyone. I learned so much in such a short time.

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% more professional and goal orientated!"

-- ARTIE BRENNAN

"Your master class was really a wonderful experience.
Between your book, your guidance, your staff and the high quality agents you bring in, it’s really an amazing opportunity.

Thank you for your guidance and positivity during your class.

With my new found wisdom and confidence I look forward to seeing you again at the audition table.

Thanks!"

-- JASON ROSOF



Additional Student Feedback Here


- How to Register -

Current Class is Full

Free Pre-Registration for the Next Master Class (Casting Connections Dec. 2014):

  • Complete the form below. You'll be offered first choice of the limited seats for the next master class.
  • Upon completion, an e-mail confirmation from Paul Russell Casting will be sent to you within 24 hrs.

 

WHERE:

A Modern, Mid-town Manhattan Studio

WHO:

Actors 18 yrs. & over

WHEN:

December 2014

Casting Connections - The Master Class
Same Curriculum as Access to Agents but with an Adviser Panel of Casting Directors!

Series A - Mondays 12/1, 8, 15 & Weds. 12/17
(All classes 6PM - 9PM)

Series B - Tuesdays 12/2, 9, 28 & Weds. 12/17
(All classes 6PM - 9PM)

Pre-Register for Free by completing the form below.

REGISTRATION:

Priority Actor Sign-Up (No monies required):

Full Name (Required)

 E-mail (Required)

 Phone

Brief Message (optional):

 

 

Lead instructor and guest advisers' participation does not connote offers of employment or representation to class participants.

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

Adult actors (min. age 18 years)

 

 

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 webcam on any digital device as Paul has done globally for a class of acting students in Germany to North American actors seeking feedback on an upcoming audition!

25 for 30

30 minutes anywhere world-wide for just $25!

or

60 minutes anywhere, anytimefor just $50!

  • 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

How to get the most affordable private class Paul offers:

All you need are: Webcam. Internet. And a free SKYPE™ account. (A link for the free SKYPE™ download will be offered after registration.)



  • Choose either weekday, weeknight, or weekend plus a time range from below. You will be contacted via e-mail to select a specific session that accommodates your schedule*. You'll also be asked about needs you wish addressed in your session(s).

  • discount for Multiple SKYPE Sessions (three, 30 min sessions for only $70 USD total or three, 60 min sessions for only $105 USD total).

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)

After completing the registration below, you'll be contacted to set your time(s) with Paul.

Choose Session:
One 30 min. Skype™ Session @ $25
One 60 min. Skype™ Session @ $50
Three 30 min. Skype™ Sessions @ $70
Three 60 min. Skype™ Sessions @ $125  

 

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

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

 


 

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:

October 2014

Series A: Dates T.B.A.

 

Choose a Series:

 

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

$100 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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