PROFILE: FRANK CRIM, Actor (IMDB)
I don’t have a big into for Frank. Frank is an actor’s actor. He works his butt off and makes it happen. We originally met in 1998 at Theatre of NOTE. I have so much respect for him because he keeps pushing forward. He has been all over tv…you know you have seen him. I saw him the other day as a chef in an Alec Baldwin commercial…Frank is everywhere. Now and then we shoot some headshots in Los Angeles. He is always very generous and passes my name along, which I appreciate. Great guy. I promise you have seen him!
1. Why in God’s name are you an actor?
Funny you word it like that. I spent two years studying to be a priest. When I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing, I asked God for a sign. Three days later I got an acting scholarship to a college that I hadn’t even applied. Fortunately, I’d wanted to be an actor since I was 6 years old so I believe that God was telling me that it was okay for me to follow my dream. I’m always perplexed by other actors who ask me how I do what I do and I tell them that all I have comes from a Divine Source. It’s easy for me. I can memorize a lot of material very quickly and then it’s just about being 100% in the presence of the moment. My acting comes from a higher source, the choices, the opportunities, the bookings all seem a natural process. I put my faith in me and the Divine and I’m successful. I’m given everything I need because of it and I’m extremely grateful. It also doesn’t hurt that I love what I do. I’m very blessed to live my life. This may sound corny but when I’m acting I feel like I’m doing what God wants me to do. It’s when I’m the most happy.
2. In my intro I call you an “actor’s actor”. You work a lot, but part of the work are dry spells. How do you deal with that?
I’d say not well. I’m not one to sit around and wait for a job. I truly wish I could work more often and it’s frustrating when casting directors tell you that you’re great or perfect for the gig and then don’t hire you for reasons out of your control, but that’s the business and as an actor you have to accept it or you’ll drive yourself crazy. I constantly work my craft daily. I do facial exercises in the mirror everyday, vocal exercises and work the accents, but I get pretty antsy if I go to long without work. And I take my agent to lunch often and bug the hell out of him until he gets me an audition. You have to take care of your agent so they’ll take care of you!
3. Do you think you will act until you drop or do you see yourself moving behind the camera at some point. Don’t all actors just want to direct anyway?
It would be nice to go out doing the thing you love, right? I love acting and I don’t see myself ever giving it up. After all, as I mentioned up above I’m doing what God wants me to do. For the past ten years I’ve been writing and producing and my goal is to be a successful producer creating TV shows and feature films. As of right now, I’m sitting on 4 television scripts and 5 feature film scripts. Part of my down time from acting is spent on writing and working on developing some new relationships with the people who can green light my projects. The process is very similar to trying to get an acting job. The competition is fierce and getting in the right doors takes time. But I’m not one to give up on anything easily. In the immortal words of Paul Newman, “perseverance and tenacity.”