Ze Frank is a comedian, internet celebrity, web and game designer, writer, musician-you name it-and we were lucky to have him perform in The Monologue Audition Video (DVD). In the DVD, Ze hilariously plays the guy who does everything wrong at auditions. (See trailers)
From March 2006-March 2007, Ze wrote, produced, and performed online daily in The Show with Ze Frank. The show is highly interactive and developed a worldwide following.
My favorite episode was "Brain Crack," which you can watch here. I have incorporated Ze's Brain Crack in my advanced monologue classes, which include Brain Crack assignments.
BRAIN CRACK EXECUTION
Getting rid of Brain Crack gives you energy and inspires you to do more. Below are actual Brain Cracks — some of them dreamed about for years — done by actors from my classes (and by me!). Click links to see the projects. Telling other people about it is contagious. Identify your Brain Crack and get to work!
Marcy Lovitch started teaching Acting for Fun, an acting class for beginners and non-actors.
Dina Prioste produced a video podcast, Get Exercised, which has been featured on Blip.tv, 5 Min, Crackle, Sevenload, Sclipo and soon coming to Unicorn Media and Twol.
Séan Gormley completed his film Blackout, which played at film festivals in Seattle, Chicago, Oklahoma, and New York.
Mick Lauer and Alison Moehnke created ArtistUpgrade, a one-stop print and web design service for artists, aiming to provide artists with the most effective and professional self-marketing tools available.
Karen Kohlhaas filmed Taylor Mac performing his song The Palace of the End, which has had upwards of 30,000 views at various sites online.
Eliza Bell created The Lightbulb Theatre Company with two friends, after four years of talking about it. They won a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant, and produced, directed and acted in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sign up for Lightbulb's mailing list.
Lee Ann Payne and Loretta Rezos conceived, rehearsed and performed a two-woman cabaret, The Lee and Lo Show, at the Duplex in NYC.
Joe Leo started the Misfit Toys Repertory Company which has produced four plays in three months and is now working with emerging playwrights to develop and workshop new plays.
Shawn Kathryn Kane wrote and peformed her solo show Daddy’s Girl with director Matt Hoverman and co-produced it alongside three other solo shows for a sold-out run at The Blackbird Theatre at Where Eagles Dare Studios.
Helene Taylor wrapped the shoot of a comedy sketch she will upload to YouTube and submit to a contest.
Elliott Mayer created the Thespis Actor’s Ultimate Resource Guide for New York City! The 2009 Guide featuring tons of discounts is now available.
Cheryl Smallman has been regularly performing her one woman show Dreamless, which was raved about and featured in the New York Daily News. She is editing a video of the show for YouTube and for her website.
Molly McDowell auditioned for One on One, and got to actually start benefitting from being a member, instead of imagining how great it would be.
Libby Arnold wrote her own monologue which is something she has wanted to do for 3 years. She is now working on a one act play.
Julia Moss was hired by the Party Singers to sing in quartets all around NYC this Christmas season for $$. (So not only am I getting a vocal workout, I get paid for it. Unbelievable!)
Pamela Clifford has started to volunteer as a teacher with the All Stars Project which recruits teens from inner city schools and offers them an introduction to acting, so that they can develop their own original shows which the All Stars produces at Theatre for the Whole City. Pamela has also produced a Rogers and Hammerstein sing-a-long for seniors.