Carlton Russell - Making His Dream a Reality With Persistence & Faith

My Big Story

Carlton shares memorable moments of his life, from growing up in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s, through college, his professional roles in social impact organizations, like the Billy Barty Foundation, and his most recent years as a Hollywood actor and stunt double.




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Carlton Russell was raised in Southern Alabama by grandparents who taught him how to make the most out of his life. He has always been quick to learn and whip smart, which earned him a Social Service Management degree, made him an asset to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and an effective leader at the multiple social impact organizations that chose him as their Executive Director. In addition to his professional roles, he led a successful 20-year career as a Hollywood actor and stunt double. Carlton’s story also underscores how he used his unique abilities and perspectives to follow his dream and create a wonderful life.


Key Takeaways

[2:22] Carlton shares stories of his early years growing up in Birmingham, Alabama.
[10:00] A goodbye message that was filled with beginnings.
[13:59] Magical potions, growth plates and one foot.
[17:43] Somebody had to run the clown college.
[21:25] What was Carlton’s first connection to social impact organizations?
[27:40] A deep knowing told Carlton he was ready to become an actor and a stunt double.
[33:37] Carlton worked as a stunt double so he could turn down offered roles that he didn’t want.
[40:12] Being a stunt double can be fun, but it can also be dangerous.
[48:30] There is more to life than money.
[54:04] Carlton is working on a book about his life.


Mentioned in This Episode

@accidentalinfo on Twitter
Accidental Information on Facebook
#LivingYourJourney for Tweets
Short Stature Foundation
Little People of America
@CarltonLRussell on Twitter



“My grandmother was wise beyond her years, as far as street smarts.”

“You have to put your fears aside, because if something doesn’t work out you can always sell shoes.”

“Learn your craft well, so when the opportunity presents itself, you are ready for it.”



Carlton’s Past in Photos