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Craig Frank

April 2014

 

What did you want to become when you were a child?
Well, I went through quite a few phases.  The earliest I can remember was Superman.  I wanted to be Superman.  I also wanted to be a ninja.  And Chuck Norris.

 

Tell us why you act / how long you've been acting for:
I'm not exactly sure why I act.  My best guess would be because I think I'm uninteresting and playing other people makes me more interesting.  But maybe that's just a lie I tell myself.

I've been doing it as a profession for about 11 years, maybe.  I've had good years and I've had bad years.  The success/struggle continues.

 

How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to become an actor?
My dad was confused, to say the least.  He just retired, but for as long as I've known him, he's been a hard worker.  He's got to pay the bills.  Make sure his wife and kids have all they need.  And some of what they want.  So, for him, it was confusing.  He's always told us, "Do well in school, get a good job, work hard."  I worked as a computer technician to pay my way through college.  I had a great job that started out at a Summer Internship and then became permanent for Miami-Dade county.  I was going to school (doing well) and I had a great job.  Why would I give it all up to pursue the impossible dream?  It's the logical question to ask.  The right question to ask.  As for my mother and siblings, I think they were supportive.  There was never really an issue brought forward by them.  On either side of the coin.  Also, I never really made it a deal that I was leaving to become an actor.  It was more like, "I'm leaving; going to California."

 

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?
I don't think I've yet to really accomplish anything.  If I were to quit (or retire) today, I don't think I would have done anything worth mentioning.  I still have a ways to go before I can assume that I've accomplished anything.

 

Cal (ABC's MIXOLOGY) is one of the best characters on television today, what drew you to the character, did you draw upon some people from your entourage to help base how you play him?
Wow!  One of the best characters on Television?  That's a bold statement.  I think what initially drew me to the character was a chance to work.  What the character turned into is something different.  I was told by the showrunners that I brought something to the character that they really loved.  This led them to rewrite the character ever so slightly.  In the beginning, he was a rich kid that pretty much got everything he wanted.  All the time.  Cal then changed to what viewers see him as now: a romantic optimist.  Jon Lucas and Scott Moore had all the actors meet with the writing staff to chat, get to know us, hear our voices, triumphs and failures.  Then they rebuilt the characters--again, ever so slightly.  So, I can't take all the credit for my character, yet I somehow can.  One thing I will say I added to the character was that he frequently calls Tom "Bubba."  Once, I learned that my character was a personal trainer, I shadowed one of the trainers (David Page) at the CrossFit gym where I was training.  I noticed that he called me and other athletes at the gym "Bubba" when motivating them.  So, I use that with Tom (Blake Lee) when coaching him in the Mix.

 

Who inspires you?
Greatness inspires me.  Dedication inspires me.  Unconditional selflessness inspires me.  I don't like to use names because people often confuse the person outside of their profession with the person's work ethic.  We all have weaknesses.  That shouldn't represent who we are in our work or in our pursuit for some level of global understanding.

 

You are a producer & an actor, is there any other media you'd like to tackle?
Nope!  This is already hard enough.
 

 

What aspects of your job do you like best/least?

I get paid to do what I love.  Easily the best aspect of my job. 

The least?  I'm not sure.  The inconsistency of work is tough, but I don't know if it compares to the stories I've heard of how terrible people in my position can be to others.  That, I think is uncalled for, but then again, as far as I know, they're just stories.

 

What makes you happy?

Unselfish people make me happy.  People who don't always put themselves first or believe that they are in any way better than anyone else.  They make me happy.  And a baby's laughter makes me happy.  And french fries.

 

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Really?  I hate this part.

 

What do you most value in people?

Honesty.  And the understanding that we're all a little screwed up.

 

Name 3 things people don't know about you:

Not gonna work.  Nope.  There's a reason people don't know those three things.

 

Any last words?

Wait, am I being executed?

 

(Luc's sidenote: You can catch "Mixology" on Netflix - Do it, & thank me later)