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What happens when you mix the genius methods of Acting greats Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler & Sandy Meisner


And, that's what Mr. Montano is on the look-out for!

If you're looking to be an over-night movie star or wanting that high-profile agent to sign you NOW, then don't waste your time nor Fran's in his office. In his own words, "That's offense to both the craft and industry." He is a believer that, "Training is paramount for any Artist. You are never finished and you are always a work in progress. It takes a lot of work, so be prepared when you come to my class."

I was 'allowed' to sit in on one of those classes and actually participate.

Simply put: YOU WILL SWEAT!

Sitting down briefly before the class, I had a chance to chat with him about his love and passion for his work as an acting educator/professor and coach. I will just say loudly, "HE LOVES BEING A TEACHER OF THE CRAFT!"



Waide Riddle- Hey, Fran, thank you for taking time before class to have a word with me... You're from Utica, New York. What was your upbringing like?

Fran Montano- Very conventional. My family just didn't embrace the arts. You were to have a job, a career, as a lawyer, go into business, be a doctor... Hey, I have a Bachelor's in Design & Business.

(He chuckles)

WR- What possessed you to be an Actor?

His answer is firm & grounded.

FM- I fell in Love & I have always been passionately in Love with Acting.

WR- ... I'm convinced... Is there a Life's-event that has impacted you that helps in your acting studies?

FM- Yes. When my dad died ... I was twenty. I completely shut-down emotionally.

WR- Did you personally have an acting teacher?

FM- Edward Kaye-Martin.

WR- What advice do you typically give young & not-so-young actors?

FM- ... The Key to Happiness in Life is to learn how to do what you love to do & learn how to love what you have to do.

Wrap your mind around that answer, eh?

WR- In Life & in Acting, what are you most passionate about?

FM- Truth seeking & truth seekers.

WR- You went from a full-time actor who taught part time, to a full-time teacher... fill it in...

FM- I'm blessed. I'm lucky. I Love what I do.

WR- You are an Emmy award-winning acting coach. What an honor! Tell us about that...

FM- Emmy winner... Six Emmy nominations... in Children’s Programming for coaching and my work in the children’s educational program, “Computer Kids” ... a television series on the Knowledge Television Network... in the NATAS Heartland Region.

WR- What's your favorite color?

FM- Blue.

WR- What's your favorite book/books?

FM- "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. Controversial, yes. Excellent, yes. Informing, yes.

WR- What's your favorite song? Songs?

FM- Favorite songs ... "Your Song" by Elton John, "Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing" by Stevie Wonder, "Greatest Love of All" by George Benson. My favorite song is "My Life" by Billy Joel.

WR- Great selection! Favorite movies?

FM- "The Godfather". All three. And, "It's A Wonderful Life!" ... Now, it's just a few minutes before class. It's time to get warmed up. You're taking the class.

WR- Oh, OK, I am. Thank you for your time, Fran. It's been a pleasure.

FM- It's been exciting!

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Nancy Bianconi, PUBLISHER:  I have known Fran Montano for 18 years and he is a man to be admired for many things.  He has integrity, passion and courage to obtain the unobtainable.  Whether he is coaching an actor, coordinating an event, producing a play or any other endeavor,
FRAN works tirelessly for a win/win outcome.  Don't miss his column on

Contact Fran Montano:

The Actors Workout Studio

4735 Lankershim Blvd.,

North Hollywood, CA 91602

Office: 818-766-2171 Email:

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Waide Aaron Riddle

Waide Riddle was born in Kingsville & raised in Houston, Texas.

He has spent time in Albuquerque, Denver, San Francisco, NYC & Austin. 

He is an award-winning poet, playwright & screenwriter. Many of his literary works are archived at UCLA Library of Special Collections, Poets House/NYC & the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance.

In addition to being an author, Waide is also an award-winning filmmaker.


He’s been a Licensed Cosmetologist since 1982.

He’s been a SAG/AFTRA Member since 1985.


Waide is the FB Administrator for Ryan Gosling: The Most Handsome Conglomerate in The World

and Dear Tom Hardy: I Love You.

Instagram: waideriddle

Twitter: WaideRiddle


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