I am not an actor. No, I leave that to my beautiful and amazingly talented sister, Farrell Paules, whom you will come to know and love as the character of Script. She is my hero and true inspiration. Nor am I a visionary. That would be Sam Sher, ladies and gentleman. Yes, he is a truly gifted writer and director. More than that, he is an unstoppable creative force, unyielding in his vision, and I have him to thank for allowing me the opportunity to be part of such an amazing project. I certainly don’t have the organizational skills of Chelsey McKrill, the artistic brilliance of Sarah Peirpont, or the uncanny attention to detail of all of the dedicated and inspiring people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes of this project to make it the best that it could possibly be. I am just a big nerd who loves martial arts, video games, and a good story. For a guy like me, being part of something like Student Seven was a dream come true.
I heard of Student Seven first from my good friend Adam Rector who would come to portray the character of Shane as well as mastermind the stunning fight choreography. I thought it sounded interesting, but I had no real intention of auditioning since my schedule was already so packed. Then my sister started talking about it and I started seeing call-out flyers posted up all over the place. Several incredibly gifted member of IU’s martial arts program were planning on checking this thing out, and I figured, what the hell? It might be fun to try out. Maybe I’d get a bit part as a fighter or something. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
After reading a few parts (my favorite to read was Kyle), I could definitely tell that I wasn’t going to be a strong fit for any of the main cast. Shane was far too troubled, Ryan far too stoic, and the Enforcer? I mean Doug Burbank was practically made for the part. Having been the victim of bullying as a youngster, I certainly didn’t see myself as a fit for the collar popping, pink shirt wearing, maniacally laughing, brotastic douche bag, Dick. I never really saw myself playing a villain at all, in fact. I guess we all try to be the heroes of our own stories. Nevertheless, I have always thought that a truly despicable villain, one that you love to hate, makes the heroes’ journey that much more meaningful. Looking back on it all, I am honored to have been able to portray that part. I hope you all come to hate Dick as much as I do. He really is a dick.
Being part of Student Seven was a lot more than just the roll I played. It was an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I forged some of the amazing friendships I’ve ever had and learned a lot about myself along the way. It wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t always fun. Wait. Yes, it was! It was ALWAYS fun! It was fun because it was ours. I started out working on someone else’s project, but it became my own. Yes, Student Seven is ours, but it is also yours. Here you go! I hope it brings you even a fraction of the joy that it brought me. If it does, then I have no doubt it will be your new favorite webseries.
To Sam, Chelsey, Sarah, Adam, Farrell, Dylan, Ryan, Jowi, Kristy, Doug, Dave, and everyone else in the cast and crew: You are all my heroes. Thanks for letting me be your villain.