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MOVERS and SHAKERS Interview with Vincent De Paul



Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

My name is Vincent De Paul. I’m an actor and producer and received my first Emmy in 2015 and second consecutive Emmy in 2016 for producing The Bay the series created by Gregori J. Martin.

My awards include the best actor for my role as Doug Damian in the film “Silver Case” directed by Christian Filippella, co-starring Eric Roberts. I received the award on January 30, 2013, at Confidential from the LA Film and New Media Film Festival in Beverly Hils. I’m also a member of Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. I’m also a supporter of the Special Olympics.

I got my start in modelling after jogging on the beach in Miami, when designer Gianni Versace noticed me and confronted me with modelling opportunities. I then began in film as Carmelita’s Dance Partner in Hairspray, and have since appeared in several television shows, such as The West Wing, Frasier, As the World Turns, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, and Big Time Rush.


What exactly does your company do?

Besides being an Actor and Producer, I am also the president and co-founder of FIVE ARTS PRODUCTIONS. The other producers with this company are Chris G. Maier, Marco Marezza, Neeraj Bindal, Aaron Lee actor and prolific producer/director J.C. Barros. Another producing partner is Kirsten Lea, a current member of the Producers Guild of America.

I have completed several new titles including a triathlon film TRI directed by Jai Jamison, a spiritually uplifting film, Take-Two for Faith directed by Nancy Criss, Razors directed by Ian Powell, All Out Dysfunction!, and Ear of the Beholder.

I have also co-produced the feature films Make a Wish and Walk a Mile in my Pradas. In 2011, I was an associate producer and played the Doug Damian in the feature film Silver Case, directed by Christian Filippellar. In December 2015 I wrapped on “A Beverly Hills Christmas” with Dean Cain, John Savage, Kirsten Lea, and Donna Spangler with Associate Producer Yuriy Zubarev.

I am currently working on Beverly Hills Christmas 2, alongside director Christian Filippella and producer Neeraj Bindal, Kirsten Lea, Maggie O’Brian and J.C. Barron, which started filming in December 2016, with Producer Yuriy Zubarev.


What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges is dedicating enough time with my family and friends. Oftentimes, being on a movie, set you to have to focus on the project you are on. Oftentimes your personal life is placed on hold until you wrap your project.


What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

Surround yourself with other artists and creative individuals. Be dedicated to your work and always strive to do the best on every project, regardless if it is an episodic or a feature film, treat it with professionalism. Always figure out how you can be the best you possibly can be.


Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

I have so many great influences in my life. I am often inspired by many of the crew members I meet onset and the great story they share with me how they began in the industry.


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?

My mother and father who empowered and gave such guidance to their 8 children. Maria and Joseph Zannino always believed in nurturing and supporting the growth and discovery of our family. They are truly my heroes.


hat do you see as your greatest success in life?

My greatest success in life is my family and the family movies that I produced.


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