Rising Star Paula R. Crandall: “Ask for feedback; Everyone is focusing on their own job so sometimes feedback isn’t given; Go ahead and ask if something needs to change”

Yitzi Weiner
Jul 26 · 6 min read

Ask for feedback. Everyone is focusing on their own job so that sometimes feedback isn’t given. Go ahead and ask if something needs to change. Often the director will ask for another take and I can always see that strike fear in myself and fellow actors when we think we did the take perfectly and receive no further instruction. This is my experience is normal so don’t be afraid!

As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Paula R. Crandall. Paula is an actress/singer/model/artist from Seattle, WA. She moved to Tucson, AZ in 2005 and earned a Bachelors in Pre-Medicine. She decided to start acting a little over 2 years ago and fell in love as well as achieved great success.

Thank you so much for joining us Paula! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Certainly! When I was just a little cub in kindergarten, my teacher would always put on a musical. She tested our singing ability one by one and much to my astonishment I was cast as the lead! Times got hard and my shyness got in the way as I grew up so I decided to give it up and become the first one in my immediate family to go to University. I felt that I needed a “real job” so I studied pre-med. As I turned 31, my life completed changed for various reasons and I knew I wasn’t fulfilled. I saw a signed for Film Actor Workshops while driving one day and I’ve never looked back.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Well, I don’t have a grandiose story on any particular project thus far, but let me tell you, what a glorious ride it’s all been. I’ve been praised, challenged, believed in, given amazing opportunities, sexually harassed, degraded, stereotyped, manipulated, but mostly have formed lifelong relationships in this industry. Every day and in every project there is something interesting from which I grow from.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

It would probably be failing to wait for the director to say “action!”, or not stopping the LAV while peeing. Although, I bet there are a few pee sound aficionados out there that will appreciate that last one.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Somehow, I was lucky enough to land a lead role in Sarah Kathleen Sullivan’s feature film Evil in Plain Sight, directed by Michael Greene. It is about victims of human trafficking and a serial killer. Half of the proceeds of the film will benefit teenage victims of human trafficking. This is a project close to my heart.

I just finished a lead role in the feature film Leash Leader by MJ Mats and I’m currently acting in a hilarious Tucson spoof of a reality show that will be on Amazon Prime called The Real Gossip Queens of Tucson produced by Avai D’Mico.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

While filming Leash Leader I had the immense pleasure of meeting Daniel Addams and Juan LM. After long days of filming we would go home to the house we were living in and would just goof off like noone has goofed off before. We would make each other laugh so hard we would be crying. That was the best.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I would say to appropriately space out projects so that when one ends you can mourn it appropriately and also refresh yourself for the next one. Also, tons of alcohol, just kidding.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

There are so many things deserving of movements and attention but since I was a victim of child sexual abuse, among other things, I think that would be a worthy cause. Sexual assault reaches all genders and ages, and it happens far too often. We need to heal those who have been hurt which will reduce further victimization.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

It’s okay to mess up, that’s what multiple takes are for! I would flub my lines because I was so nervous to get it perfect each take.

Ask for feedback. Everyone is focusing on their own job so that sometimes feedback isn’t given. Go ahead and ask if something needs to change. Often the director will ask for another take and I can always see that strike fear in myself and fellow actors when we think we did the take perfectly and receive no further instruction. This is my experience is normal so don’t be afraid!

Eat whenever possible. You never know how long the day will be and fuel is important or people start getting hangry. Hydrate too.

Ask if you’re needed in a shot or if you’re in the shot. I’ve stayed in sweltering environments for longer than needed because I assumed I was in the shot. Save your acting skills for when it’s important. This mostly applies to being a background actor though.

Have a freaking blast! You’re surrounded by people who love the same thing as you, how often does that happen? Make friends and just enjoy yourself.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

I absolutely love “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” by Dr. Seuss. When I decided to completely shift gears and follow my dreams in the entertainment business, I knew that some people wouldn’t approve. I made a mental note that the people who love me will support me and the other people don’t matter.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I had just started taking acting lessons at Film Actor Workshops in Tucson when Avai d’Amico sat in on our lessons. After seeing me act once, he put in his The Tiny House movie and we became life long friends and co-workers since. He has provided amazing opportunities for me and so many other Tucson actors which really launched a lot of our careers. My first paid role and first role ever was given to me by the wonderful Jesse Rojas as Grace in his short film Summer of Grace. He’ll always be my first!

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)

I would die if I could have a private lunch with Christina Ricci or Kate Winslet. They are my absolute idols.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

If you google Paula R. Crandall it will get you to my facebook, instagram, and IMDB pages. Please reach out! I love meeting new people and developing connection in the industry.

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

This was an absolute pleasure. Thank you very much!

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Yitzi Weiner

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