Kenny Kassel

Background

Kenny Kassel was involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years and in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Kenny had been training with weights since he was 14 years old. He was lucky enough to have learned how to properly work out from legendary bodybuilders like Tom Platz, Danny Padilla, Robby Robinson, Leon Brown, and Pete Grymkowski, while visiting California in the 1970s.

After starting a gym, he began training many bodybuilders, and specializing with the women, starting around 1981. Kenny also had some of the professional athletes in his native NY area, such as members of the NY Yankees training in his gym. He worked with several members of the 1986 Super Bowl Champion NY Giants.

His foray into the entertainment industry began when he started Beauti-Fit Talent Agency, in order to start and nurture the careers of model Raye Hollitt, who became a star of the popular television show "American Gladiators." Kenny also worked with several women who were bodybuilders and were marketable and helped them find work doing guest performances, and receiving major media coverage.

Kenny managed the 1989 National bodybuilding Champion Sharon Marvel, and later on managed 2000 Ms. Olympia Valentina Chepiga. In the early 1990s a friend who was a trainer and had moved out to California to train film stars introduced Kenny to 11-time World Kickboxing Champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson, who had already starred in over 20 action films.

Don had needed some fitness people for an upcoming film, and Kenny was able to provide what he needed. Their friendship turned into an opportunity, when Don asked Kenny to be his business manager.

Kenny also did some casting work for Don's last 7 films, and casting for film and television projects for other producers, as well. Kenny was a mentor for many women who competed in fitness/figure/bodybuilding, and did seminars dispensing information about how to market yourself, and how to break into the entertainment industry.

Kenny become bi-coastal, splitting time between Tenafly, NJ and his second home in Palm Desert, Ca.

Articles

  • Dealing With Rejection In The Entertainment Industry!

    In the entertainment industry, there is only one thing that is certain: rejection. Get in-depth details about rejection, and tips on how to not only deal with it, but possibly turn a negative into a positive situation. Learn more.

  • A Guide To Fame And Fortune Through Fitness: Networking 101.

    One of the most important skills that everyone needs in life is networking, which is a part of the ability to communicate with other people. Find some invaluable tips and suggestions right here for getting over your fear of meeting new people!

  • Resumes & Comp Cards - What To Put On Them And What Not To Include!

    As a newcomer to entertainment you will be trying to get jobs in modeling or smaller roles in commercials, film or television. Get some tips on what is important to have and not have on Resumes & Comp Cards.

  • Creating An Image: Setting & Accomplishing Realistic Goals!

    Perhaps the most important decision you will make is how you will approach the industry in terms of the image you want to project. Let's take a closer look at some of those options, with examples ... Read on and see where you fit.

  • Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray - In The Right Place At The Right Time!

    I have often talked in my seminars and to people individually about the importance of being in the right place at the right time... This and networking are what you want to be successful. Learn more right here!

  • A Guide To Fame And Fortune Through Fitness, Part 3: Finding An Agent - Managers Versus Agents!

    In the entertainment industry it is extremely important to network and get to know the people that will get you jobs. In this article I am going to detail three types of agents, what and when they get paid, and much more! Read on...

  • A Guide To Fame And Fortune Through Fitness!

    I'm proud to announce I will be writing a monthly column on Bodybuilding.com and will present issues about entering into the fitness and entertainment industry. To learn more about this fun and demanding career path read on...