We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeffrey Lee DuPree and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeffrey Lee, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?

DuPree Talent Agency is the first talent agency in the history of Hollywood to be owned and operated exclusively by two profoundly deaf SAG•AFTRA franchised agents, Jeffrey Lee DuPree, and Thanya Marie DuPree.

Here, at DuPree Talent Agency, while we may communicate differently, it does not stop us from offering the highest level of support and promotion to those we represent. Through the advancement of modern technology, we are able to do video conferencing (with American Sign Language Interpreters), negotiate fair and accommodating contracts and represent our clients with a passion, inspiration, and determination that is seldom seen within the industry.

Whether you’re an aspiring actor, a casting director, or a producer looking for new talent for an upcoming project, give us a call via VRS at (818) 751-0910, and let’s see how we can lift each other up.

If we can conquer my hearing obstacles, let us help you conquer the world!

What should our readers know about your business?

DuPree Talent Agency is the first talent agency to be owned and operated exclusively by two profoundly deaf SAG•AFTRA franchised agents.

Getting here was not an easy accomplishment as I had various obstacles to overcome including language barriers, Audism (the belief that one is inferior due to their inability to hear functionally), and people not taking me seriously due to my deafness. However, I am thankful to my deaf parents who instilled in me a belief that I could do ANYTHING if I put my mind to it and to never believe the lies I would experience saying that I can’t. That sage advice drove me to be that much more determined when I was in my uphill fight to get my licensing approved. I never gave up and with a lot of hard work and conviction, I was able to fulfill my dream.

I’ve learned that while many people may hold previous biases due to misinformation, a little education (and experience) can go a long way in changing those beliefs. In addition, I have also learned to be a bit more patient with other people’s disabilities because we all have them.

If I can conquer my hearing obstacles, we can help our clients conquer the world!

DuPree Talent Agency and we also represent iconic monsters such as Jason Voorhees Actors, Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, and CJ GRAHAM whom I admired as a kid watching Friday the 13th part one and second movies back in the 1980s. I have never thought about being their agent one day, and it is an honor to represent them. Another shout out to the Mallrats (1995) star, Jeremy London, an actor I admired as a teenage boy, watching the Party of Five TV Show in the 1990s – LOVE YA BRO and Leslie!. In this career, I never thought I would be representing Paul T Taylor as my favorite iconic monster, Pinhead, Hellraiser: Judgment. Also, I would like to add that I appreciate Jack O’Halloran, Jeff East and Aaron Smolinski, Superman & II (1978/80), [NON, Young Clark Kent/Kal-El, and toddled Clark Kent/Kal-El] as DuPree Talent Agency’s client. I’m humbled and honored to represent all my actors/actresses/comedians, and martial artists – Ed Gage, Alex Ziwak, and the queen of Martial Art and Action star, Cynthia Rothrock. There are more to list, SOUTH CENTRAL (1990) – VC DUPREE, VICNCENT PAUL FROM POSIDEON. Dave Sheridan and everyone.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Beverly Hills. I would take them to eat there and sightseeing in this wonderful, elegant tourist city.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

I would like to give a shoutout to the one person who, without her, DuPree Talent Agency would not exist… My business partner, my rock, and my life… My Wife Thanya Marie DuPree.

I want to do a personal shoutout to my mom who introduced me to film at a young age and for all the little things she did to make me the man I became today.

I’d also like to give a shoutout to my teachers: Carol Lewis and Mary Ann Barth who taught me creativity, knowledge, and patience.

Finally, a BIG shoutout to all the clients of DuPree Talent Agency.

Website: www.dupreetalentagency.com

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