We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Blain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success isn’t neccessarily a “what” but more so a “who”. And not just a single “who”.
Allow me to explain.
I have had some success with old fashioned hard work. Just putting my head down and plowing through submissions and auditions with a vengeance. And that is definitely a neccessary foundational characteristic to possess. However, some of my most memorable successes have come in the form of someone referring me.
I once landed a role based on the referral of a fellow performer, even though we had never met in person! This actress, myself, and a few others, were slated to work together on a film that fell through. We had all maintained communication in the form of a group chat and kept up with one another via social media, but never actually had a face to face meeting.
This is just one example of many, where the power of a referral created a success!
I’ve actually got a few big opportunities in the works right now that simply wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for the relationships I’ve built and maintained within my industry.
To quote the old saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who.”
With all this in mind, I can summarize that the single most important factor behind my success is, building strong relationships with like-minded individuals and groups in my industry. In a word — Networking.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an actor with a focus on film and television productions. I am currently known for my recent role in ‘All Screwed Up: The Visual Tribute’. However I’m involved in a couple other projects right now that may surpass that role. The project I’m most proud of at the moment is slated to be released soon! ‘Out of the Shadow’. It is a tale of two viking brothers fighting for the throne of their deceased father. Something that separates me from a lot of other actors, is the fact that I train for action specific films. I currently train weapons and tactics with an actual combat veteran. This allows me to offer the most realism possible during action scenes. I am also training in MMA which will further separate me from the crowd. After that, I am looking into stunt/performance driving schools. My goal is to be capable of doing all my own stunts. Not a lot of actors can say this.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anyone that comes to visit Houston knows we’re gonna eat! The first place that pops into my mind is an exceptional experience unlike any other you’ve had, I guarantee it. I am referring to a restaurant named “The Turkey Leg Hut”. Just like it’s name you’ll receive your order of a turkey leg with your choice of a large menu of options to go with it. The portion sizes are enormous! Perfect for someone with a big appetite like myself.
After that, I would recommend moving around a bit, to keep the drowsiness of the turkey from getting to you. So, we’d head over to one of the many saloon dance halls like Rowdy’s, Whiskey River, or Stampede, for some great music, two-stepping, booty shakin, and just plain fun!
You can’t beat finishing out a late evening with some Whataburger on the ride home. Then just sitting out in the warm night air with a couple close friends, talking about life over a mason jar drink.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This Shoutout is dedicated to: LeAnne Blain
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