Renauld Shelton is a professional actor with many years of experience under his belt. He’s been advertised in commercials, seen in movies, casted for music videos and auditioned for main roles in stage plays. He’s a known face in the acting world and his mannerisms is what separates himself from the competition. We interview Renauld to learn more about his reserved yet necessary personality and his contributions to the acting world.
Can you describe what influenced you to pursue a career as an actor?
I wouldn’t say I was influenced, rather my curiosity was sparked through watching so many films and shows over the years. Just thought to myself, what if I tried it.
What steps do you take to fully understand the importance of your character to the story?
I meet with the writer/director to ensure I have a grasp on their vision and study any similar characters from a show or movie.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Reserved, Humble, Motivated, Creative and Inspired
Who do you consider to be your acting role model whose career you would like to emulate, and why?
Will Smith. He was into something completely different genre of artistry (music) and an acting opportunity came his way through music producer Quincy Jones with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He took what little he was given and turned it into superstardom. In a way, the start of our acting careers parallel one another and I’m truly inspired by his journey.
What techniques do you use to create a believable character?
I make sure to do the exercises my acting coach showed me about relaxation. I also make sure to put myself in the mindset of the character.
Describe your last experience on stage.
I played 3 different roles in my last stage play. Interesting and quite challenging because I’m not that person in reality.
How do you mitigate disagreements between yourself and directors? With other actors?
I have a meeting with the director to discuss any quarrels and find a common ground. Same thing goes with other actors.
What do you feel is more important for an actor, talent or training?
Training is more important. Hard work beats talent any day. Not just in acting, but in life.
Which types of acting do you feel you are most suited for?
Method acting is what is most suited for me. It allows me to identify with character based on my own experiences and then create from there.
What advice do you have for kids who want to be actors/actresses?
Go for it. You’re full of life dreams and aspirations. The worst thing someone can tell you is no. Don’t view that as a failure, rather part of the growing process to come back better than before and try it again. If you want to act, start now, stay focused and perfect your craft each day.
Renauld also has his own fashion brand called Material Opulence please support him http://www.materialopulence.com
Acting Reel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_-9DgKTQpg
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