I had the pleasure of interviewing professional Actor, from Stockton California the great Daniel Franco. He is currently working on auditioning for the Sons Of Anarchy. We discuss his exciting passion for acting from beginning to the present, and the many great opportunities the future has in store for him.
Tell me about yourself…
Well I’m 26 years old, and an only child of a single mother. I am currently in college for film production and astrophysics, although I might take a break from school for my acting. I’m also currently attending Playhouse West School and Repertory Theater learning the Meisner technique of acting. I am also involved in their comedy improve program as well as their film production program. Prior to moving out to LA to pursue my passion in acting, I served 6 years in the United States Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. I am currently in the Air Force Reserves doing the same job, which I still love.
When did you first know you wanted to become an actor?
I would have to say at a very young age, although I didn’t know it at the time. When I was little I would love to put on shows for my mother and my cousin Joe who lived with us. Being an only child there was a lot of times where I was alone, so I would come up with funny skits. Sometimes they made sense and sometimes they didn’t. A lot of times they would mimic the world around me and I would impersonate my uncle, his friends, and there shenanigans. Either way my mother loved them and laughed. I think seeing that and the way I could affect people with my little performances really hit me and I wanted to do it on a larger scale.
What has been the hardest part of your career?
So far the hardest part of my career was committing to this path and not letting outside influences tell me otherwise. I knew I wanted this but was hesitant so I would think of backup plans. It was as if I was always one foot in the door one foot out. I finally decided to commit and make it this or nothing and that’s when I noticed a change in my work and getting callbacks.
What do you enjoy most about acting?
There is so much about acting that I love but if I really had to narrow it down to one, I would say the chance to be vulnerable. So much of our life and up bringing we are taught to not show our emotions. When we are angry it is not okay to lash out at someone and show it. You would be told you are throwing a tantrum, but yet so many of us want to but we suppress it. If we are sad, depressed, or hurt we are told to suck it up or dry those tears. I know times are changing but growing up as a male this is what I was told from the male figures in my life. Joining the military did not help with this either since they tend to do the same. Acting allows an outlet for me. The best way I can put it is that I am actually not acting, when you see me going through something it is my true genuine emotion that I am feeling and releasing. You are actually seeing me, all my problems, sorrows, and how I would handle them in the imaginary circumstances put in front of me. What everyone hides from the world I am opening up for you to see and allowing my self to be vulnerable. It’s scary but liberating at the same time.
Do you prefer acting for film or for the theatre?
At this point I am not sure what I prefer more they are 2 completely different things. In theatre it keeps me true to my technique and what I am learning. That is to stay focused on your partner and have a true experience. If you do this audience will disappear and it will feel as if it is just you and your partner. This is something I try to bring to my film work as well. The thing I do really like about film is that you can do a take again maybe you weren’t to happy with how it went and you feel you can bring more to it you get that chance. I can reexamine my train of though or where I am coming from emotionally and go at it again. I can’t really say right now which one I prefer.
If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?
Michael Pena, Gary Olderman, Michael Pena is someone who’s career I would like to emulate in a way. The fact that he is a Hispanic actor who does not allow him self be type casted is amazing. You see him on screen and you don’t think oh he’s Mexican, you see a person in the role he is portraying. Whether he is an FBI agent in Shooter or an astronaut in The Martian, that’s what you see and not his race. Gary Olderman is another great actor I look up to, his range and versatility is amazing. He is one of those actors that you never really hear too much about but is in everything. He is someone I consider a true actors actor. The third one is hard it is a tie for me between Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, and Johnny Depp. They are all actors I want to work with to get the chance to learn from their greatness.
All these are such great answers! I am dying to hear more. I will be continuing our interview tomorrow, so stay tuned!
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My goal was never to be the loudest or the craziest. It was to be the most entertaining.