During my 40 years in education, first as a fifth grade teacher and then as an elementary principal, I played to a pretty much captive audience. At the start of an all-school assembly, all I had to say was, “Good morning, Friends” and I would be greeted with a rousing, “Good morning, Mr. Rampolla.”
Now in “education retirement” since 2016, I’ve learned that, as an actor, it takes much more than a friendly greeting to garner a positive response. That was my motivation to hone my acting skills through a variety of classes and teachers. Having down time during the pandemic also gave me the opportunity to strengthen my self-tape abilities.
I’ve had the good fortune to appear in several independent films playing a priest, doctor, bereaved husband, detective and CEO. My comedy work in New Media includes playing a grief therapist. After being in the role of teacher for so many years, I’m truly enjoying the role of learner in the acting world.