Alumni Spotlight

Troy LaPersonerie '12 and Matt Cullen '12 make a name for themselves as Raymond & Lane

Less than a year ago, Troy LaPersonerie '12 and Matt Cullen '12 were both new to Los Angeles and didn't have a single resource in the entertainment industry.


“We left everything behind in NYC when we moved to Los Angeles," says Matt, who along with Troy earned his BFA in Musical Theatre. "We decided to film videos of ourselves on our iPhones using light from the window as our 'professional lighting kit' just to have some sort of a creative outlet and to start to discover our voices. We would have never been able to even dream that in 7 short months, we would have created a show, Raymond & Lane, that has not only been nominated for numerous awards at the LA Webfest, but has also introduced us to an immeasurable amount of people in the entertainment business that we now not only have worked with, but can also call our friends.”


Created and Written by Matt and Troy, who also star as Raymond & Lane the show gives viewers a closer look into the day to day lives of two very eccentric, off the wall, 'ying to my yang' best friends. Both were nominated for Outstanding Lead Male Actor in a Comedy Series at LA Webfest in their first season. Their second season has really taken them to the next level. Only 5 episodes into the new season, they featured well-known actress Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Princess Diaries, Saved, Hostel 2, etc), IFC Portlandia's Danny Belrose, and FOX News Anchor Lauren Sivan.


The series has no plan of stopping anytime soon. “We have a blast on set and we love the Raymond & Lane family we’ve created. We look forward to every Sunday when we get to see each other, collaborate, and create something that we can not only be proud of but also something that we can use to better our futures.”


Even across the miles, Matt fondly recalls his time at his alma mater.


"Pace University introduced me to a network of people that would soon become like family to me," recalls Matt. "And, time after time, these family members have continued to help me open doors that I could have never opened myself."


To see more, go to their Official Website: http://www.RaymondandLane.com or their Youtube Page: www.youtube.com/thewebchatboys
or their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/RaymondandLane.


Or follow them on Twitter & Instagram at @RaymondandLane and say hi!


The Writer/Creator duo Matt & Troy can be reached at RaymondandLane@gmail.com.