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Lights, Camera, Action! L.L. Burrell - Future Fan Favourite
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Lights, Camera, Action! L.L. Burrell - Future Fan Favourite

You may recall seeing actor/model and Philadelphia native Courtney “LL” Burrell from his more recent role in the newly aired McDonald’s commercial as “Turtleneck Tommy”. You may have come across the up-and-coming multitalented star in episodes of BET’s The Game, BET’s Let’s Stay Together, a Nissan Maxima commercial or even side by side with professional Nike skateboarder Paul Rodriguez in the “Nike SB presents Skateboarding Is Not a Game” commercial. Though he went to school for IT tech, Burrell doesn’t show any sign of slowing up on his acting and modeling aspirations.

Though family members have attempted and failed, Burrell embarked on a risky journey in the entertainment world and succeeded. “You can’t keep a good man down”, shares Burrell as he continues on to talk about his journey as a performer. From the age of two, Burrell knew he was an entertainer at heart and only began to expand from there. His love of music and influence by Fat Boys and W Fresh led to beat boxing around his house, which later developed into rapping, singing and even impersonations. The rising starlet has been playing keyboard since the age of nine, never having received any formal lessons. Comparing himself to Nick Cannon’s character in “Drumline”, Burrell cannot read music notes, but still continues to excel. Growing up, Courtney was a very active and athletic young man and, just as any other child, established a strong love for the television. What made his attraction to television more advanced as opposed to other children was that he wanted to be on it. As much as he loved watching TV, he longed for people to watch him even more. He would memorize and recite notable scenes from personal favourite movies or television series. Young Burrell even played director behind the camera around the house with his grandmother, displaying his affection for love and cinema at the early age of nine years old. LL Burrell, then, knew how much he desired to be the crowd’s favourite by brightening up other people’s day through smiles and laughter.

Highly influenced by models-turned-actors such as Golden Raspberry Award recipient Ashton Kutcher and Black Reel Award nominee Tyrese, Burrell thoroughly believes in blueprinting your footsteps before actually taking them. Following behind major influences Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Denzel Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio, Burrell aims for a mixture of comedic and dramatic audience members, but is leaning more towards comedy. Being more of a “lights, camera, action” sort of guy, Burrell has never really been into the live audience scene. He has never truly been a big fan of being on-stage in front of so many people. Although, his behind the camera work has led to major exposure from broadcast and print media outlets such as Bleu Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, and even made a radio appearance in Los Angeles. His edgy, “boy-next-door” guise allows for executives of entertainment industries to gravitate towards him, opening up more opportunities in the windows of film, television and music.

Courtney Burrell’s upcoming project, Black Boots, is a web series where the protagonist, LL himself, learns the ins and outs of pledging a fraternity alongside picking up a thing or two about sorority life. In addition to being the main character of a potential Internet sensation, Burrell has big expectations of himself within the next one to three years. In the near future, Courtney wants to be seen on the big silver screen, billboards and magazine covers as well as performing charity work for the homeless and actively participating in “Stop the Violence” campaigns. Long after he’s gone, Burrell wants to be something like a legend, making the audience swoon over his dedication and making remarks such as “look at what he left behind” or “look at how hard he worked”. Burrell believes that the key to leaving a legacy is dedication to what you love to do in your life no matter what anyone tells you. The God-fearing actor/model relates himself to the story of Joseph from the Christian faith: Jesus told Joseph to do what he loves to do to provide for his family, which was fishing. When Joseph caught a fish, Jesus instructed Joseph to open the fish’s mouth and there he found some coins. Moral of the story, do what you have to do and love it.

Indeed Courtney Burrell is passionate about his craft and works hard at it. The most exciting aspect of being a model, tells Burrell, is looking the camera dead in the eye in every shot then saying, “I own that shot right there”. His favourite part about acting is being appreciated by fans and hearing that appreciation. “Once you feel appreciated, you’re gonna want to do more”, he explains. Although his career has taken off to a successful start, that doesn’t stop him from being his toughest critic. In modeling, Burrell feels as though he could touch up on a lot of areas, such as facial expressions and body movements whereas in acting, transitioning, characterization, utilizing more emotion and “picking the moment” more efficiently could use some polishing.

The intelligent, hilarious dreamer was asked by NBC what he defined as success and he explained it as a feeling where you are fulfilled inside both spiritually and physically. The key question post-success, according to Burrell, is “did you set any long term goals and fulfill them?”. It’s quite obvious that Courtney “LL” Burrell has some rather large short-term goals, but his work ethic, dedication, passion and charisma will help him climb his very own ladder to success in order to achieve his long-term goals of being a legend.

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