August Russell is a 27 year old male actor and playwright and rapper/musician based out of Saint Louis Missouri .
We sat down and spoke with August about his future goals and his performance history and what he expects to release next in his career .
Born and raised in Saint Louis near the Central West End and then later on right outside of Ferguson Missouri. August was at the top of his peers all throughout his youth into early adulthood. He grew up performing and taking acting and voice and dance lessons at one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the nation. Many of the alumni have performed on Broadway, Alvin Ailey, and also worldwide. He is the youngest of two older sisters, one who has worked as a nanny in New York and has her college degree in theater, and also another who as a young ballet dancer moved to San Francisco to study at lines ballet under Alonzo King and now has her own highly successful Pilates business. He also is an alumni of the Saint Louis MUNY Theater which is the largest outdoor musical theater in the world. He has done over 15 productions here in the period of 10 years between 2000-2011. In addition to this August has been very familiar with the Saint Louis music scene where he has had opportunities to perform at SXSW, and been considered for many record deals in addition to traveling to the west coast for music opportunities. In April 2021, founder and artistic director August Russell was almost killed in downtown Los Angeles from a mugging. He stated that he is thankful he lived past it and is alive today due to Gods Grace. In 2021, August is starting his own performing arts company that does music, film, and theater. His songs “THE BLACK JOKER” Ft Lil Wayne, “LEAVE”, and in addition to others will be playlisted and charted this year. The in development production company “STRAIGHT OUTTA THE WORD LLC” – Will debut shows nation wide and also off Broadway and Broadway, streaming services, and a partnership with Sony Orchard Music. But this could go beyond that If he lands an “imprint” deal with Sony Music, Partnership with The Apollo in New York, and also the main goal for his films is to land a first look deal with BET Plus. He is planning on finding 14 faith based performers to act in and co write many projects. The stage name of August is “KINDNESS” and he has many musical projects in development and some with well known names. The creme de le creme project this year will be his ep “THE LOST TRIBE OF JUDAH” prod by Grammy Winner Zaytoven, and a song he will pitch to his music associate, Chance the Rapper. All in all he has 14 Films, 7 albums, 7 plays, 14 artist and more that will debut at the highest venues, streaming networks, and music opportunities and partnerships, “at first”, without any major label backing. For a full list of projects and details of STRAIGHT OUTTA THE WORD please refer to the soon to be Wikipedia and IMDb page of August Russell
HOW DID IT FEEL TO ALMOST DIE FROM A MUGGING?
⁃ It made me understand how narrow life is and how important it is it to make wise decisions and to take every moment and opportunity for granted. And be as thankful as possible.
WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE MOST IN THE INDUSTRY?
⁃ Definitely Tyler Perry overall. And music wise Kanye West definitely. And finally many people closer to my age like Justin Bieber, Chance, Drake, Jaden etc
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WANTED TO RAP?
⁃ After a vocal teacher told me to stop singing based on a strategic decision to excel in hip hop. Plus my love for music . After these things were realized. Opportunities came in fast.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO ACT?
⁃ Acting was my first class ever. I’ve always loved this practice and been really into movies and theater. But I started taking it seriously at about after 21. Many people discriminated against me in my local city out of jealousy and my background. They called my autistic. But now I can hire those people. But I won’t .
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START STRAIGHT OUTTA THE WORD?
⁃ People would tell me that GOD had a calling on my life to do something like this. But after years of struggling to make it in the industry. I found my niche through this opportunity of SOTW .
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?
⁃ Having a doctorate degree.. several academy nominations.. several Grammys.. several bet nominations.. and maybe a pastor in addition to seeing this ministry a world wide powerhouse. Also a first look deal with BET, Imprint with Sony, and a partnership with the Apollo Theater. But I’m probably going to relocate to Africa in a few years. But still have my projects world wide.
HOW WILL YOU FUND SOTW WITHOUT ANY MAJOR BACKING?
⁃ Venture Capital is one option. But I know I will be able to do this from a business loan and also in addition to that seeing royalties from my streams. I’m expecting to see my first million in 2022.
WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU?
⁃ This year I’m going to have a full article in the XXL, New York Times, and NPR websites and also possible IG feed. And also I’m anticipating major playlisting, charting and performing opportunities such as rolling loud. If anything- you “will see me in” 2022. I’m praying and aiming for the XXL Freshmen Cypher.