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#37 Showrunner Paul Witten's Road to the Emmys was Paved with NOs

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In this episode of Brian Breaks Character, Showrunner, Creator, and Actor, Paul Witten gives us a MASTERCLASS in putting yourself out there! I brought him on the show so you can see how relentless creativity (and not taking NO for answer) reallllllly pays off!  Paul is the creator and showrunner of Dropping the Soap starring Jane Lynch. And Jane WON the Emmy Award for her role on his show.  But it wasn’t all rainbows, lollipops, and big-name comedians… Paul heard NO a lot, but instead of letting the NOs bring him down, he transformed them into finding the right community of artists and supporters for his projects.  What I love about Paul (and I know you will too!) is that he leads with kindness. In this episode, Paul explains how he surrounded himself with like-minded individuals who wanted to get on board with his project because of HIS story and then was able to make his show happen WITHOUT ONE OUNCE OF CROWDFUNDING. He tells us how there are no rules in this business (you there in the back row, did you hear that?!?) and why vulnerability is the key to getting people to believe in (and invest in!) your projects. And beyond all that, Paul is a joy to talk to and I can’t wait to introduce you to him. Paul is an inspiration and I hope that you learn as much as I did from this episode. TAKEAWAYS   The power of NO and what you can learn from it Tell your personal stories and allow yourself to be vulnerable - That is how to get someone to be a part of your project Know your boundaries as an artist and what you need to protect and take care of yourself There are no rules Paul Witten is an actor/writer/producer. He recently had the pleasure of shooting “The Comeback Trail”, a feature film working alongside Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman and Zach Braff, as well as a recent guest spot on Brooklyn 99. He also had a recurring role in the multiple award winning Apple+ series “The Morning Show”, with Jennifer Aniston. Additionally, Paul created, co-wrote and stars opposite Jane Lynch in the Emmy winning comedy series, "Dropping The Soap", currently available on Amazon. Paul’s most recent short film, “A Play”, which he produced, co-wrote and stars in, is currently running the festival circuit having won numerous festival awards. Paul also just penned a half hour comedy pilot, “You Are Here”, which he will begin pitching soon. Favorite Los Angeles theatre credits include; "The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia" (Best Actor nominee, Ovation Awards), "The Woman In Black" (Best Actor nominee; LA Drama Critics Circle and Ovation Awards/ LA premiere); "The Brothers Karamazov" (Best Ensemble LA Drama Critics Circle, LA premiere).    Thank you for tuning in to this episode of Brian Breaks Character!   If you loved this episode, please subscribe and leave an honest review. Your review helps boost the show and gives us the chance to help more creatives get out of suffering for their art and into action. Be sure to leave your IG handle when you do so I can send a VIP episode to say thank you.   Want to learn more? If you’re an actor and your goal is to have a fabulous representation, come watch Make Agents Want You for free ( That way, you can get off the hamster wheel of reaching out and focus on the acting you were born to do.   CONNECT WITH PAUL Instagram Dropping the Soap on Amazon   Subscribe To The Podcast Apple   Spotify   Watch The Uncut Behind-the-scenes Video Of This Episode On Youtube:   Need New Representation? Get In On This Free Training:   Follow Me On Instagram For A First-look At Our Guests An

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