Guest Star: "I Have One Rule On My Set & That's That Nobody Is Allowed To Yell At Anybody"

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 3:10PM

Written by SOHH for Russ Parr

[With the recent DVD release of his 35 & Ticking film, on-air personality Russ Parr speaks on transforming from a renowned radio veteran to an established Hollywood director.]

I love radio and television/films because I remember when before I did my first feature, [2006's] The Last Stand, I was looking for a director to direct it. My co-worker who has worked for me for years said, "You're the best director I know. Why are you looking for a director? You direct us every day."

There's a lot of acting that goes on in radio and timing and the whole nine. I think radio really helped prepare me to do feature films. Even though I have a degree in radio, television and film, that's just a degree and it has nothing to do with talent if you don't have the ability to put things out there.

So I realized, "I can do this." It is something that's natural. I think the big thing for me is the working environment. I have one rule on my set and that's that nobody is allowed to yell at anybody. That goes from actors to grips to everyone. That's my rule.

If you want to yell at me, we can do it in my trailer but we don't grandstand. And what it does is puts a positive vibe on your set. My thing is if we're going to shoot something, we all need to be in good spirits and keep it moving.

A lot of these actors, I tell them, "Look, I'm going to be honest. I'm going to be moving fast." So that's the key.

Currently, Parr is the host of the nationally syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show heard weekdays by more than 3.2 million listeners in 45 U.S. cities. He also hosts a weekend show, On Air with Russ Parr, which can be heard on more than 40 different radio stations. Aside from his radio gigs, Parr is also the co-host of the TV One dating show Get The Hook Up. He has also directed films including The Last Stand, Love for Sale, Something Like a Business, 35 & Ticking.

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