PURE LIQUID SILVER & GOLD TALENT!
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.
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?
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!
Contact Fran Montano:
The Actors Workout Studio
4735 Lankershim Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91602