Today we’d like to introduce you to Marybeth Paul.
Marybeth, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got started in the modeling business years ago as a child. The agency was called Talent Unlimited and my mom worked a lot to bring us to our go-sees and jobs. I have three sisters and we all modeled at that time. When I was at Boston College as a track athlete, the high jumpers were called in to audition for a national Pepsi commercial. I booked the job, but at that time I would have lost my athletic scholarship, so had to turn it down. When I graduated college, I decided to give modeling a shot again and joined Hart Agency. I had a lot of great experiences there, but alas, the company went bankrupt and I decided to go into the traditional workforce.
I met my husband while modeling and ultimately, we married and had three wonderful children. I quit my job at a small non-profit in Pennsylvania and was a stay at home mom for 7 years. I decided to go back to work as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, so I could have flexibility with the kids as my husband traveled quite a bit. I then decided to become a figure and bikini competitor. I am definitely driven and Type A personality, so I was determined to get my Figure Pro card, and did so in the OCB organization. I then switched organizations to Fitness Universe and obtained both my figure and bikini pro cards. Being on stage for these competitions, made me think about acting. I had always wondered about it and decided to go for it 5 years later. I didn’t want to have any regrets in life!
I stopped competing and engulfed myself in acting classes, etc. I had no experience with acting whatsoever, and I did suffer from some anxiety, so there some hurdles to overcome. I was able to take my very first wonderful commercial class with Ann Baker at Boston Casting and took classes with Steve Blackwood. Model Club accepted me and this started on my journey to where I am today.
I’ve studied with Alessio Cappelliti and Scott Fielding, and Tom Todoroff in the Boston area, as well as Giles Foreman and Maria Psomas in NYC.
I split my time between NYC and Boston. I have multiple national commercials under my belt as well as many, many commercials, industrials, web videos, independent features, shorts, web series, student films, etc. I still enjoy modeling at my age and love it.
Today, I am excited to be a part of the indie world both in Boston and NYC. I have my sights set on getting more credits as well as keeping my personal training business and, of course, most importantly, taking care of my family!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road for me. In high school, college, and even now. However, I am doing very well now auditioning. I also am a perfectionist, so need to make sure I am gentle with myself in that regard.
My biggest advice is to be yourself and not be swayed and influenced by what other people say or think about you. Go for your dreams. Manifest your goals. Make it happen!
Please tell us about marybethpaulofficial.
I am very proud of my commercial and independent film work in this industry, as well as my fitness business. I love doing what I do and pride myself on being professional at all times. I loved coaching HS track for the 5 years I did it. I love fitness and sharing my zest for that. I also love to challenge myself with acting. It has been such a growth opportunity for me, both personally and professionally. I am an older woman and as such feel so happy that there is a place for women like me in this industry.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Ask other actors and casting directors for help. The Boston community, in particular, is very helpful and caring. http://womeninfilm.com/ and numerous acting Facebook pages, the Actors Green Room, NYC.
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