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The First Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory Showcase.  Baboom!

This is Tom Todoroff to the left.  There's Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Tennesse, Shaw, Tolstoy and there's Tom.  He created the Tom Todoroff Conservatory and he makes this monumental world a journey of profound joy.

 "Take the first step in faith.  You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There is a reason, and two and three and four, why New York is called the best city in the world. 

I am a proud New Yorker, my heart says so.  It just took me a little while to get here.  

I said yes to this:

And this is my life today: 

My warriors of the heart below:  Ensemble #1 of the Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory in New York City

 

This is my happiest year yet.  Here's why:  p.s. you can click on the icon!

 We were asked to share any reflections of the conservatory journey thus far.  I went into a whirlwind of passion.  For those curious enough this is what I wrote:

One year ago I never dreamt of the happiness I would savor; the fulfilling, enlightened, and wholesome feeling I would wake up to every morning since joining the conservatory.  Not to say that challenges, exciting awakenings, and unexpected turbulence don't happen.  In fact they happen with more frequency but with a positively greater effect on my life!  Being here in New York, with Tom spearheading this journey with me, is undoubtedly the happiest time of my life yet.  Writing down that sentence feels like a miracle.  I am blissfully surprised and filled with gratitude that I have come home to what my life must be: as Tom puts it, "a work of art, a work of heart." 

I moved from Los Angeles where I was pursuing an acting career in desperation and disillusionment.  Living there since a young teen always felt like running up a hill with a snowy blizzard against me.  I never realized how unhappy and codependent with the comfort of my chagrin I was.  To top it off, my dad, my hero, my pillar of strength, passed away suddenly in May 2010.  My life as I knew it felt as if it meant nothing and I was lost.  

By the kindness of something graceful and magnificent I saw one of Tom's ads for a workshop.  I went to one and knew I was in the presence of something unspeakably brilliant.  Tom's wisdom, passion, and heart pierced my wounded crux.  I began to do his intensives in LA and about a year after, Tom invited me to consider joining the conservatory.  Still stuck on the idea that I had to make it big in LA if I were ever fortunate enough to leave that city, I didn't think it would have been wise to join.  In fact, my mentors in LA were against it; it just didn't make sense.   I had already completed a 4 year BFA program in one of the top 5 acting universities in the country.  Why do that again?  What if I'll keep accumulating debt? What if my life continues to be a monologue of everything I haven't gotten and worked so hard for?  Patiently and with infinite love, Tom talked me through all my doubts  in lengthy phone conversations.  My heart was already in New York and I said yes.  Once I said yes the universe said, "Right on!"  Matt, my beloved boyfriend, and I sublet our apartment, sold our cars, quit our jobs, packed our dog and we headed east.  

And then, my life became what it's always meant to become.  New York is the greatest city in the world, no doubt.  The energy is electric, the history is rich, the people are deep, filled with humor and beautiful art is all around us.  Tom has put boundless care and love into creating the most safe and nurturing environment that will, mark my words, WILL create new generations of the most epic and conscious actors.  We work with the most sensitized, genuine, gifted, and devoted core teachers.  Andrew Wade, not only a master at voice and speech, his insight and integrity to the craft is inspiring.  Belinda Mello, our Alexander Technique teacher, is the most generous and perceptive AT teacher I've ever had.  Denny Dillon is a genius at teaching improv which I now share her love and consider a spiritual activity.  Janice Orlandi singlehandedly takes us to the moon and back with her richly imaginative movement work.  Janice is a force to be reckoned with, she has set me free both in the mind and body.  Jeremiah Davis, our Theatre History professor, is thought-provoking and heartily refreshing.  He's young and hip and so down with all of us.  It's like "Stand and Deliver" but in New York and with artists.  Kathleen McNenny holds the distinction of being the only teacher I've had the honor of having that taught us mask work  during the day and performed the best dramatic play I've ever seen on performed Broadway in the evening.  The play was "Enemy of the People," by Henrik Ibsen.  We get wonderful easter eggs as well!  We had a top casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia come in from LA and conduct a two-day on camera class.  She translated every earnest lesson from the stage to film.  She was unlike any casting director experience I've ever had.  Risa disproved any fervently negative beliefs of casting directors I had, especially LA ones.  For the record, she's Canadian and lived many years in NYC! Julie Lenardon came to teach voice for 2 weeks.  Another Canadian to the rescue!  In less than two weeks my voice work with her elevated me to newer heights.  It's wonderful to have incomparable voice teachers, one man, one woman, to fulfill every voice need.  

And then, there's the man of the hour: Tom.  I am the greatest human being and artist I can be thus far because of Tom and all he has created.  He is the manifestation of all the guideposts.  To me, Tom is everything I'd ever like to be as a human and artist.   He gives his best to us always, he is a great listener, he asks for my best and raises my standards to the heavens.  I am transforming into the person and artist I am meant to be.  What Tom has taught me in one week I didn't learn in all 4 years of my BFA program at university.  In fact, I recommend this conservatory to all walks of life, not only actors.  Tom teaches us the four agreements: to be impeccable with our word, not to take anything personally, never make assumptions and always do our best, and puts it into practice, not only on the stage but in every aspect of our lives.  There are so many golden lessons he generously shares with us that I look upon as divine guidance.  This conservatory is unlike anything else, it's the real deal.  

Lastly, Tom has handpicked every single comrade of mine in this conservatory.  My peers are my kindred spirits and my soul siblings.  We are here to hold each other up and we are each other's greatest teachers.  I know in my heart that our journeys will go far together and that we will continue our relationships on stage, on film, and as family.  There is no ensemble as divinely close and supportive as the one Tom has created for us.  We are not bit players we are the epic leading actors of our generations.  We are the artists who will change the world.  

This conservatory is hard work; but the best kind of hard work!  The kind that gets you on the fast track  and gives you the keys to the kingdom of self-love and success.  Saying yes to it meant saying yes to love, to life and to my highest self.  I hone my discipline, face my fears with love and patience, learn the art of relaxation, find peace, share myself generously with the world without apologies, become the greatest artist I can be and learn to trust life all in this conservatory.  This is the stuff that dreams are made of.  I so look forward to seeing where I'll be by the end of my two year journey.  In my heart I know I shall be the greatest human and artist I can be yet.



With unconfined glee and love,

Paulie 

"Before Breakfast" shown in more screens and accumulates accolades!  Next screenings: LAShortsFEST and Hollyshorts Film Festival!

See the trailer here at Ellemagazine.com!

Writer and co-star Elspeth Keller, director Paul A. Levin and producer Yada Zamora have risen above and beyond the call of duty.  There efforts have garnered many a screening and awards.  Thus far, this charming short has collected these awards of excellence: 

WorldFest Houston 2011- Won, Special Jury Award for Best Short

Accolade Competition 2011- Won, Award of Merit for Best Short

Park City Film Music Festival 2011- Won, Silver Medal for Excellence for Best Use of Music in a Short Film to Joseph S. De Beasi

Teaser for Jason Bognacki's "Another."  Huge anticipation, the teaser draws rave reviews!

Paulie's film Vampire has a new name!  Check out "Crimson Winter" on facebook here!

 TwitchFilm writes "Jason Bognacki impresses and disturbs."  QuietEarth says, "Witness the beauitufl madness of 'Another.'"

Check out Paulie's commercials for Foster Farms and Orbit Gum!

Interwoven Studios offers Paulie a lovely role! Paulie to play French girl in the year 1795!

Paulie books lead in Jason Bognacki's psychological thriller "Deux/Another."

Interwoven Studios Synopsis:

"Humans massacred their race, wrote them out of history, and pushed them into myth...

Now in the midst of a Vampire civil war, an exiled vampire prince has escaped into the mountains of the new America, building a hidden army for revenge against his family.

Years later, in the dead of winter, a group of grad students start their research on the disappearance of wildlife in those very mountains.  When they come close to the truth, they begin the fight for their own survival.

As the fight escalates, the vampire prince descends upon the conflict.  He is forced to visit his dark past as the fates of the students are decided."

Paulie plays Isabelle, the human beloved of the vampire prince.

 

Paulie books National Commercial for new Strawberry Orbit Gum!

 Click here for the gallery!

www.crimsonwinter.net

 Paulie plays Jordyn, a young woman caught between reality and her own elusive mind.  Directed by Emmy award-winning director Jason Bognacki, filming will take place in Los Angeles during March and April 2011.

Check out Jason Bognacki's official website here!

Check out Jason Bognacki on vimeo here!

 January 17- Paulie books Volvo print campaign!

January 6- Paulie books radio show "Adventures in Odyssey!"

 Interwoven Studios based out of Helena, Montana has offered Paulie the role of Isabelle in the feature film "Vampire."  Isabelle is a young, fragile and innocent girl in the beautiful countryside of France in 1795.  Shooting will take place at the end of May/beginning of June.  The excitement couldn't come sooner!  Stay tuned for more info!

 January- New pics are up!  Check them out here!

 December 2010-Seasons Greetings from Paulie!

Stills from Paulie's new short "Before Breakfast"

  December 2010-Paulie books Foster Farms commercial!

New Witches of Oz Poster Art!

Paulie shot a Foster Farms commercial this Wednesday, December 8.  Paulie plays a contortionist in a circus that discovers the Human Canonballs are none other than imposter Foster Farms chickens trying to get to California.  Paulie busts them! Foster Farms chickens are delivered fresh to stores in 48 hours because they are California grown, after all!  :)  Click here for more stills of Paulie in the Fosters Farms commercial.

Attention America! Look out for Paulie speaking Spanish in this new Strawberry Orbit Gum commercial!  Shot in the beautiful Strawberry fields of Piru, California.

Paulie wins Best Actress Award

Paulie joins "Hot Actress" list

Look for Paulie in a sleek Volvo campaign coming soon!  More information to follow! 

Paulie recently booked and recorded the role of "Valerie" the snobby, intimidating queen bee of the school for the kid's radio show "Adventures in Odyssey!"  Paulie worked along such voice-over greats as Will Ryan (The Little Mermaid, The Land Before Time), Katie Leigh (Muppet Babies, Babe: Pig in the City) and Andre Stojka (The Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, The Emperor's New Groove, Scooby-Doo) among many other talented artists.

Visit the website here to see why "parents have trusted Adventures in Odyssey since 1987 to provide character-building stories kids love."  Check for updates soon so you can hear Paulie too!


 July 2010-New Theatrical & Print Representation with CESD!


 July 2010-New Witches of Oz Artwork!

Thursday, March 25, 2010!

The day has come!  The countdown has delivered.  Be delightfully entertained with the trailer here

 Wednesday, March 24, 2010

 September 29, 2010-Screening of "Before Breakfast"!

"Before Breakfast" is screening tonight at SONY Studios in Culver City.  Also playing at the Santa Monica Laemmle Theatre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday September 28,29, and 30 at 1pm and 1:20pm.  Do go check it out, dahhling!


Check out the Facebook page here!

Elle Magazine Reviews "Before Breakfast"-gives it high marks!

"the vintage costumes....are spot on, as is the Hepburn accent."

Check out the review and trailer here: Before Breakfast (And Monaco!

The Final Countdown!

1 more day for the final countdown to a great long-awaited surprise!  Follow the Yellow Brick Road here!


Follow, follow, follow, follow:

the Witches of Oz 3D Official Movie Fansite here for all news, bloopers, pictures and more!

http://www.witchesofozmovie.blogspot.com/



 September 24, 2010- Paulie books role on NBC's Community!

Paulie booked a co-starring role on NBC's hit show Community!  Episode #207 features Hilary Duff and will air after Halloween.  Keep coming back for updates on the exact airing date!


 "Before Breakfast" was written by Elspeth Keller   (pictured below as Grace Kelly).  "Before Breakfast" is a short film about the first time meeting of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, (before they were famous), and their run-in with the law.  Historically possible, but totally fictional.

This charming short will hit the festival circuit shortly.  It stars Paulie as Audrey Hepburn and Elspeth Keller as Grace Kelly.  Directed by Paul Levin (Salt, Julie and Julia, The Departed, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Sixth Sense to name a few).

Check out the Facebook page here!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Leigh Scott on Cinema Craze!

Check out this exclusive interview by Cinema Craze of Leigh Scott talking about "The Witches of Oz" here

Here's what he said about working with Paulie:

Cinema CrazePaulie Rojas has a real classical look to her, was that one of the things you took in to consideration when casting her as Dorothy?

Leigh Scott-Yes. Paulie does have this sort of Audrey Hepburn thing going on which was key. We needed somebody who just looked innocent and had a sort of etherial, classic beauty. From the first time she shows up in the film you know that she's the good guy and you're rooting for her. It was important to cast someone who could hold their own opposite Eliza Swenson who plays Dorothy's big city best friend. Eliza has such a va va va voom look that we needed balance, but still needed somebody beautiful and able to act the wide range of emotions that the character goes through. 


 Monday, March 8, 2010

Official poster of Leigh Scott's "The Witches of Oz!" 

 Sunday, March 7, 2010

Official photo of The Witches of Oz directed by Leigh Scott!

 Paulie has taken home the Hollyshorts Film Festival's Best Actress Award for her the portrayal of the title character in "Lucia No Besa A Nadie/Lucia Kisses No One."  The short film also took home the Audience Choice Award for best film. 

The Hollyshorts Film Festival featured David Arquette, Thomas Jane, Dick Van Dyke, James Franco, Scott Porter, Chris Hemsworth, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mena Suvari, Zachary Quinto, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Zoe Saldana, Don Cheadle, Will Ferrel, Judd Nelson, Zooey Deschanel and many more!

Check out the official site of the Hollyshorts Film Festival here!


 Visit the Official Lucia No Besa A Nadie website here!

 Monday, March 15, 2010

Let the countdown begin!  Follow the Yellow Brick Road here and await the surprise of Leigh Scott's visual Masterpiece.  OH!  And don't forget to add yourself as a fan to receive news and updates!

April 2010

Paulie has been cast in the title role of "Femina."  Directed by Matt Cimber, the film will begin shooting in Europe early April 2010. 
Femina is "a gorgeous young model in Paris [who] finds herself pregnant, she surprises all those around by deciding to have her baby." Baseline Studio Systems.
Paulie will star alongside Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated international star Sonia Braga.

 

Haren Young, Web Features Editor for Youth Entertainment Portal Klik.TV has featured Paulie on his list of young up and coming actresses: 

Read below or check out the web page here!

Hot Actress # 291 – PAULIE ROJAS: SIZZLING CUTIE

Spicing up our summer is actress PAULIE ROJAS who’s a mix of old-school glamor ala Audrey Hepburn and new era supermodel-like heavenliness. With her impeding role as Dorothy in the re-telling of ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’ now transformed into ‘THE WITCHES OF OZ in 3D’, PAULIE is truly a young star on a rapid rise. She’s part of a star-studded ensemble including CHRISTOPHER LLOYD (Back to the future), LANCE HENRIKSEN (horror legend) and SEAN ASTIN (lord of the rings)…..WOW! Can’t wait to see her as Dorothy facing off with The Wicked Witch in New York! Don’t miss the exclusive sneak peek (above) of this fantasy set in modern times and follow THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.

Check out this Latina starlet at the PAULIE ROJAS OFFICIAL SITE and you’ll be amazed to know she’s also a fabulous dancer, writer and producer. PAULIE has worked in varying genres ranging from horror, indie as well as Spanish-language dramas that are not only well-lauded but have won her several awards. Her softly delicate features and classy sweetness leaves us intoxicated. PAULIE’s drawing power is undeniable as this olive-skin hottie spreads her appeal worldwide.

 

February, 2010
Paulie has completed filming on her latest project as Dorothy in "The Witches of Oz."  Co-stars include Christopher Lloyd as the Wizard, Lance Henriksen and Uncle Henry, along with Billy Boyd, Jason Mewes, Mia Sara, Jeffery Combs, Eliza Swenson, and Sasha Jackson.

Check out the movie on IMDb here!

 

 Sunday, December 06, 2009

Paulie is off to New York and the Connecticut to begin filming her latest project as Dorothy in "The Witches of Oz."  

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10635 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 130 

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310. 475.3336

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10635 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 130 

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310. 475.3336

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 Sunday, December 06, 2009

Paulie has booked the lead role of Dorothy in Leigh Scott's modern retelling of Frank L. Baum's classic children's story.  "The Witches of Oz"  begins filming Tuesday, December 8 in Connecticut.  


 Thursday, October 15, 2009

Paulie signs with new management. It's official! Paulie will now be represented by respected management Schumacher Management-with Mark Schumacher and Ricky Rollins.

Contact info:

10323 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste 103, Los Angeles, CA 90024 P. (310) 277-0939 | F. (310) 496-0662

Click here for there official site.

Click here for there imdb page.

Sunday August 23, 2009 

"Lucia No Besa A Nadie", produced and starring Paulie, wins BEST LATIN FILM at the Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles!  Judges included Adam Schlachter, Andre Hyun, Bramley Johnson, Henry Priest, Joe Brown, Joey Mendez, Jon Irving, Justin Jacot, Karolyne Sosa, Noretta Morales, Raquel Leatherwood, Rod Ramsey, Roger M. Mayer, Ryan Rossi, Samantha Cornwell, Wally Uribe.  Congratulations to all!

To view a list of all the winners including "Lucia" click here!

To view the official "Lucia" entry at the DFFLA click here!

To visit the official "Lucia" site click here!

 

July 27, 2009 

Paulie's movie "Lucia No Besa A Nadie" has just been accepted to the Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA.  Running from August 12-22, 2009, the 2nd Annual Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles enriches the cultural life of downtown Los Angeles by continuing to bring the excitement of an international film festival into the heart of the world's entertainment capital.

This year the festival will be centrally located at the newly renovated AT&T Center. There is a refurbished 500-seat theater with high-end HD projection, a 10,000 square foot party space with on the top floor with a panoramic view of Los Angeles, and our very own Cinema Lounge which will be open every night of the festival.

 

Check out the DFFLA website here!

 

And, of course, the Official Lucia No Besa A Nadie site here!

 

July 20, 2009

"Lucia No Besa A Nadie" wins an Accolade!  'Lucia' was screened at this year's Accolade Film Festival in La Jolla, CA and was a proud recipient of the AWARD OF MERIT!  We are very proud to have been given this honor.  Congratulations to the cast and crew!

 

March 2010-Witches of Oz 3D Updates!

The Witches of Oz is now coming out in IMAX 3D! 


Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and Rudy fame & Ethan Embry of That Thing You Do fame join the cast!

March 2010

Witches of Oz featured in an article of The Ridgefield post!  Check out the article with some great pics here!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Witches of Oz featured on a myriad of cinema websites.  Check them out!

On IMDb here!

On Current.com here!

On MonstersandCritics.com here!

On NewsTimes.com here!

On DreadCentral.com here!

On a Billy Boyd fan site (hehe) here!

 June 26, 2009

Lots of exciting news today! 

Political Disasters Premieres today at AFI!

Lucia No Besa A Nadie makes its festival debut today at the Detroit Windsor Film Festival.

I have added a Twitter account.  Click here!


 June 24, 2009

My new blog is up!  Check it out!

June 22, 2009

Paulie's film Lucia No Besa A Nadie was featured on NPR in Detroit!  NPR announced that Lucia No Besa A Nadie will be the first program showcased in the Short Film category on Friday, June 26 at 9pm.  The word is getting out!

June 19, 2009

Paulie's film Lucia No Besa A Nadie has just been accepted to the 2nd annual Detroit Windsor Film Festival!  Check out the link to our film in the festival's official website here

The festival will take place June 25-June 28 at Wayne County University. 42 W. Warren. Detroit MI 48202

Check out the official Lucia No Besa A Nadie Website here!

May 8, 2009

Paulie has just signed a modeling contract with Pinkerton Model and Talent Agency.

Check out their website here!

May 6, 2009

Paulie's film "Lucia No Besa A Nadie" was chosen by IMDb as the 58th best "Betrayal/Passion" title for a movie!

Check out the link here!

May 5, 2009

Paulie's film "Political Disasters" directed by Zach Horton will be premiered on Friday, June 26 at the Mark Goodson theatre at AFI!  Paulie stars along with three-time Emmy award winner Barbara Bain (Mission: Impossible) and Tim Dekay (Tell Me You Love Me). 

"Political Disasters" is the final film to be produced in Zach Horton's Disaster Trilogy, though it is the first film (chronologically) in the Trilogy. 

The film follows two families with dubious ties over the course of five years: 1999-2003. Jim (Tim DeKay), a consummate businessman and expert liar, is enlisted by his employer Michael (Michael Bryan French) to fix his "familial static," caused by his racist, isolated mother (Barbara Bain) and rebelling daughter (Paulie Rojas). Jim has more than enough on his own familial plate, however, as he spirals into an existential crises after cheating--on his mistress. As George W. Bush takes the helm of the U.S. Government and the War On Terror invades the airwaves, the domestic disasters pile up faster than you can pull that voting booth lever.


To find out more about the movie, visit the "Political Disasters" website click here!

To see the trailer click here!

April 30, 2009

Paulie's thriller film "Lure" directed by Billy McAdams will be screened at the Wilshire Fine Arts Theatre at 7:15pm.

Visit the official facebook page here!

Visit the official MySpace page here!

On IMDb click here!

April 27, 2009

The official trailer for "Lucia No Besa A Nadie" is up!  Check out at www.luciamovie.com.

April 25, 2009

Paulie's horror film, "The Last Resort" will be screened tonight April 25 at 7:30 pm at the Tunnel Post in Santa Monica!  Here's what some reviewers have said:

“In its best moments, the film is reminiscent of such seminal slasher pictures as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.” Film Journal Int’l

“It's a movie that needs to be seen by all horror fans because it serves as a reminder of just how good a horror film can be.” Dread centrall

To get more info on the movie, click here!

Check it out on IMDb here.

View the trailer here!

April 17, 2009

The official Paulie Rojas is finally up and running!  Keep posted on all updates and news at PaulieRojas.com!

  Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New headshots are up in the PHOTOS section of the site.  Check them out!

The headshots were taken by the lovely French photographer Marie-Amelie Martin.  Check out her other pictures here!


April 21, 2009

Paulie's film "Lucia No Besa A Nadie" has been accepted to The Accolade Film Festival.  The Accolade Film Festival was recently named among the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee by MovieMaker Magazine.

To view the official "Lucia No Besa A Nadie" site click here.

To view the official Accolade Film Festival site click here:


"Lucia No Besa A Nadie" wins BEST LATIN FILM award!

August 7, 2009 

The pics from the brilliant photographer Janina Laszlo are finally up in the photo section.  The photo shoot took place in the beautiful gardens of Munich Castle in Munich, Germany.

 

To visit Janina Laszlo's website click here!

To see the new photos click here!

           

 

 

July 9, 2009 

Paulie was featured in an article in Latino Detroit, the biggest Latino press circulation in Detroit and Toledo.  Paulie was featured in the "De Mujer A Mujer" or "Women to Women" branch of Latino Detroit. 

 

To read the article click here.

 

To read the entire newspaper click here.

 

To visit Latino Detroit click here.

 

July 4, 2009 

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I am currently in Munich, Germany doing a photo shoot with the amazing Janina Laszlo.  Here is a little sample of a couple outfits we are shooting.  Munich castle is absolutely beautiful!

Check out Janina's website here!

If you'd like to follow my adventures in Europe go to www.MatthewandPaulie.yolasite.com.

 

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