Paul Russell

author • director • casting director

What folks are saying...


Paul has helped many wonderful actors and he is always grateful for the kind words that follow from his time with each exceptional artist. Below is a sampling of "thank-you's" from universities visited and his students.

Academic Accolades

Student Feedback

Academic Accolades:

"I just came from a class with my seniors and I expect your ears were burning for the last hour or so- they LOVED this weekend and all you gave them, so THANKS from me.

In just a few days, you had a big impact here so tell those NYU students to appreciate what they have in you. We certainly do!"


Fredrick J. Rubeck
Department Chair &
Prof. of Performing Arts
Elon University


"Thank you for bringing your wisdom and advice to our students. I am so glad we were able to bring you back, and it is my wish to continue to do so."


Greg Hellems
Associate Professor - Acting/Musical Theatre
Wright State Universit


"You were able in a single weekend to plant the seeds that will both challenge and inspire my students... and you did it while keeping us laughing. A perfect model of the joy and hard work that comes with this profession.

A heartfelt thank you for all that you did!"


Kelly J. G. Bremner Ph.D.
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Theatre
Emory & Henry College


"Thank you for taking time out of your day to share with our membership your wisdom and humor!  It was a truly wonderful evening and I am so happy you've been brought into the SAG Foundation family.

If you are ever on the west coast, please let me know.  We'd be more than happy to host an evening with you there too! Also, thank you for the signed books, and for the shout out on Facebook and for...oh geez...just thank you!" 

Stacey Jackson
Director of Special Events
SAG Foundation


"Thank you so much for all your advice and insight at Emory & Henry. Your no-nonsense, direct, informed, and critical workshop was such an eye-opener.

I now see how to better train, dare, and prepare our students!"


Andrew Blasenak Ph.D.
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Theatre
Emory & Henry College

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"Thank you! I know that the students received a lot of important information from you!

It was both humbling and invigorating for them. I will be doing all that I can to make sure they stay on top of all that you have taught them!

I hope that we can have you return again! I know that what you have to offer cannot be said enough.

I feel as if I cannot thank you enough, but thank you! "

Joseph Mason
Instructor | Dept of Theatre & Dance
S.E.M.O. University


"It was great to have you here!  The students got a lot out of it and enjoyed getting to meet you.

I look forward to seeing you again soon." 

Cindy Melby Phaneuf, PhD
Isaacson Professor of Theatre
Department of Theatre
University of Nebraska - Omaha


"Thanks again for talking to my students.  They loved you! 

It was great meeting you, and we'd love to have you back as a featured speaker next year." 

James Ligon
Prof. of Performing Arts
Montclair State University


"Paul, thank you so much for the master class you gave to the graduating MFA class at LSU. Your class and book have been the two most helpful resources I have come across in helping me navigating the often bewildering and nebulous world that is this industry.

Since moving to New York, I have put your suggestions and advice into practice. In just a few months I have been having tremendous results in terms of securing agents, meeting casting directors and booking roles! I attribute much of this success to the lessons I learned in ACTING: MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS and in your master class. You have saved me years of waisted time and thousands of dollars and for that I am deeply grateful. I highly recommend your class to actors and to acting programs. Thanks again!" 

Tim Moriarty
Louisiana State University


"Paul's lecture at Temple University was an incredibly informative session where he illustrated key points on how undergraduate theatre students such as myself can better prepare for successful careers in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Russell skillfully commanded an audience of almost 200 students and gave us invaluable tips and advice as to the realities of such a competitive profession." 

RJ Magee
Temple University

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"Paul, thank you. Your master classses were a wonderful, eye-opening experience for the students, and we will most certainly be inviting you back in the future." 

Kenneth L. Stilson
Professor - Acting / Directing / Musical Theatre
S.E.M.O. University


"I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to see us at Elon. Your workshop gave me a lot of answers I didn't know I even had questions for.  I am so thankful to have had you here and I wish you the absolute best as you've given me nothing less than that.  A reminder to us all: Don't lose the child. Never lose the child." 

Sarah Nutt
Elon University


"We would love to have you back at UCO. You are a joy to have on campus and everyone always learns so much from you." 

Daisy Nystul
Chairperson, Dept. of Theatre Arts
University of Central Oklahoma


"I enjoyed our talks and certainly profited from your classes. We’ve already incorporated many of your suggestions in our “Audition” class. I do hope we can bring you back soon." 

Dr. Robert McGill
Associate Professor, Dept. of Theatre Arts
University of Central Oklahoma


"We are so grateful for the wisdom, experience, passion and compassion Paul brings to our students at NJSDA. Paul's book, ACTING Make It Your Business and his seminars provide two of the industries greatest resources for actors."

Beth Baur
Co- Director
New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts


"Thank you Paul. My students really appreciated the straight-forward, no nonsense knowledge about furthering their careers. They liked the idea that you did not sugar coat anything."

David Nuestein
Program Director
Jersey City Arts H.S.


Paul Russell's Studies For Actors | Student Feedback:

"I got called-back, met and signed with the team at Judy Boals Inc. today! I'm excited and hopeful about the possibilities ahead.

Thank you for your support, sharing your knowledge, and passionately encouraging us actors to continually put ourselves out there in the best way possible. Your class has inspired me to take charge of my goals and shamelessly promote myself! I finished my website, have got a system down for my mailings, and I'm setting up email marketing. I now have the tools to move forward confidently in my career and toward my dreams. Thanks for the road map! I am so grateful!"

Erica Camarano


"Your class has helped me tremendously. Thanks to your class I am now working with Margaret Emory from SW Artists! I've submitted to auditions using what I've learned and was called in for 1/3. In this industry and not being part of the union I'd say that's a success. Proud to say that I starred in my first full feature!"



"Paul helped me to see what I could do to improve my career.

He taught me skills, not gimmicks, and now I can show the world my professional appearance as it reflects my style and skills.

I'm thankful for his straight answers, insightful advice, and the constructive critiques that came from years of experience"

Joseph Christensen


"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


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

J.P. Groeninger


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

I wanted to say "Thanks!". I have learned quite a bit about marketing and have also been fortunate to develop friendships with all of my fellow classmates.

You make the environment safe which allows creativity and growth. You also give the actors an environment to make choices (right or wrong ones) and you make suggestions and ask questions which make us validate our acting choices and realize whether they are "safe choices" or honest ones.

The best thing for me, however, is that I have been able to meet and talk with you. I have, and continue to, read your posts and your blog. I have immense respect for what you do and the manner in which you do it. You seem to have the same "blue collar" work ethic and mentality towards the business that I do. While making money doing this career path would be great, doing great work is equally important.

So thanks for everything! I genuinely appreciate you and all that you continue to do. Thanks for your patience, compassion, sense of humor, honesty, wisdom, experience, and dedication to the Arts."


"My Barry Kolker interview went well. I signed.

As I've mentioned countless times, I greatly appreciate all that you do and all that you offer people. It's not just about the workshops or the book, but rather, you really inspire people to want to be the best for themselves and, in a great way, for you.

My only regret is that people don't take advantage of the opportunities that you present them."

Alex Dittmer

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

Big things will be heading my way and you’ll be the first to know about them all!

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

Kim Mead


"Since completing Access to Agents, I received a call-back to audition for Schiowitz, Connor, Ankrum & Wolf, followed by an interview, and the offer to sign with their agency!"

Thanks again for the insight and opportunity!!"

Michael Sample


"I just got a call from Independent Artists Agency and now I'm signed!!

I cannot thank you enough for all your help, understanding, support and kindness. You, sir, are a prince!

It’s refreshing to know that there’s someone out there who’s willing to go to bat for actors and who provides a supportive environment and the tools to help us succeed, or at least keep going with a sense of empowerment and positivity.

It’s hard to stay in this business and keep your sense of optimism, but you certainly make it ‘easier’. Thank you for all that you do and for the spirit of kindness that you do it with."

Christina Delaine


"From the two agencies that called me back I signed with The Mine. I love you Paul!

Thanks so much for all your wisdom, time and “inner monologues” guiding me in the right direction. As this was my first try to make a real go of it in NYC, this class was just what I needed to get inspired and get my ass in gear.

I’m truly taking all of your advice to heart and have already begun to make changes. I know with your voice in my ear, I’ll make the best choices. Thanks again!"

A'lisa Miles


"Thanks to you I jumped a huge hurdle which is representation!

Judy Boals Talent & Literary called me back and now I'm signed. Thank you."

Michael Givens


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

You were a lot of fun to be around—and your sense of humor is killer!!

Again, many thanks!

Jorge Hoyos

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"I don't know if there are proper words to express my gratitude to you for your "tough love" approach to my career.

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...

Because of your sound (and at times dutifully painful) counsel, I now feel prepared to present myself to anyone, no matter the situation, with poise and confidence. You're an actor's dream.

With whatever comes of my career, in my life there are a handful of people whose enthusiasm and inspiration keep me going during the rough times, and I am honored to count you among those damn few."

Nicole PooleNicole Poole


"Thank you so much for referring me to Independent Artists Agency... It was wonderful meeting with them and even more wonderful signing with them!

Reading your book and taking your class has been invaluable. Thank you!"

Benjamin J. McHugh


"Thank you again for your wonderful seminar this past spring and let you know that I was called in by Dustin Flores with Judy Boals.

The work you do on the business side of acting is truly remarkable and needed by every actor. Just thought you should be commended for your hard work. Thanks a ton!"

Stephen Joshua Thompson


"I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful class!

I really appreciated the attention and work you put into helping us. And, just to reiterate, I also appreciated how supportive you were of everyone in the room especially when the truth might have been a hard pill to swallow.

Personally, I feel like I learned a lot and this class has definitely inspired me to step up my game in every aspect—from how I present myself physically to how I connect with people on paper to specificity in my scene work.

Thank you!”

Jean Goto


"Thanks to your advice in class, I was able to sign with the Judy Boals Agency.

I used your marketing techniques to send out a mailing and it took off from there!"

Michael St. John


ACTING: Paul makes it his business!

"One of the luckiest things I ever did was stumble upon Paul's book, ACTING: Make It Your Business.  His common-sense, no-nonsense approach to the acting business had me hooked by page one.  I was so inspired after the read that I sought out to contact him for private training. 

His knowledge of the industry, coupled with his teaching method for agent interviews landed me an interview with IAA (Independent Artists Agency) and the offer to sign! 

I cannot recommend his book, classes or expertise enough.  Thank you, Paul!" 

Josh Rhett Noble

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