Cindy Wetzel Lentol ’90
For Cindy Lentol, the opportunity to work alongside such stars as Matthew McConaughey and Tommy Lee Jones probably never entered her mind while at Wittenberg. Although interested in acting, Lentol never pursued the field during her college days, preferring instead to play field hockey, work in the sociology department and immerse herself in college life.
After graduation, however, Lentol officially caught the acting bug when she began auditioning for commercials and voiceovers. To pay the bills, Lentol used her graphic design skills to design educational games, electronic magazines and Web sites, which allowed her to squeeze in auditions during her lunch breaks. Yet, the more acting she did, the more she realized that it was her true calling, especially after working the teleprompter for a game show.
“I knew I had to be in front of the camera because when I was watching this actor having such a good time and getting paid for it, I realized I could do what I love and make a living doing it,” she says.
Determined to succeed, Lentol took a vacation day to attend an audition for a national Bob Evans’ commercial. When she landed the spot, she knew she had finally arrived.
“I’m in; I get it now,” Lentol recalls. Nearly two decades later, Lentol has appeared in numerous films, commercials, industrial videos and print campaigns. Her voice has also been featured in national radio and television commercials. She has also appeared in several television shows, including Providence, Empire Falls, and the pilot Bunker Hill, and she has landed roles in such blockbuster movies as The Departed, Mona Lisa Smile and Prozac Nation. More recently, Lentol played “Amy, the Stewardess,” with McConaughey in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and she will soon appear in the upcoming film The Company Men starring Tommy Lee Jones.
A double winner at the ninth Annual Chlotrudis Film Festival in Massachusetts, Lentol was awarded first and second place, respectively, for her roles in the films Well-Founded Concerns and Mind the Gap.
“I have managed to create a career for myself by researching what needs to happen next for me and contacting the proper people along the way,” Lentol says. “I am very open to opportunities that present themselves and keep striving for bigger and better roles.”