I’ve known Frank Jr. since 2007 or 2008, but I had the pleasure of meeting “Frank Bold” in early 2017. Don’t let that go over your head. See, I happened upon Covenant Keepers Ministry around that time and made friends that became family, and their families became my family because that’s how we do at CKM. I knew he was the cousin of one of my good friends, I knew he was away in the world doing something, and I knew he had a family who loved and adored him, but that was about it. This year I declared that I would surround myself with people who were doing things I wanted to do and could put me in the places I wanted to be, and that’s when I got to know “Frank Bold.” After attending one of Frank Bold’s artist collectives, I knew he had some great stuff going on, and I needed to be apart of it. Now 7 months later, I’ve hosted and attended several of his events and have had the opportunity to get to know “Frank Bold” and now I have the pleasure of sharing him with you! So read away and get familiar with the producer, the writer, the event curator, and one of the most creative individuals I’ve ever met. He’s definitely someone you want to know! (Also follow the link to purchase tickets for his upcoming play “The Hand That Was Dealt”)
- What makes Frank Bold “Bold?
What a good question. The fact that I am 100% willing to have trust and faith in my passion makes me BOLD. Whatever it cost, I just surrender my life to my art, to my passion, and to what I believe in. That’s what makes me Bold and f*** retarded and crazy at the same time.
- What lead you to pursue the arts?
Number one my father. My father has churches, and the church is like entrepreneurship in the sense that you are living on what you get, and sometimes that’s nothing. To see that risk and how he’s remained faithful to his vision had a significant influence on me. Having that gave me courage that whatever my interests were, I followed it. I never really knew what I wanted to do, but whatever I was interested in doing, I just went out and did it.
For a long time, I wanted to be the president of the United States. I remember that clearly. I really felt I’d legit be the first black president, but then I saw this movie called wall street and I was determined I’d be a billionaire because I have to make money. I soon realized that with writing, Film Theater, and creativity in general; I could live whatever life I want. I could be powerful and influential like the president, and I can make money like a businessman.
My heart just connected with art- it’s my soulmate. This is what I was meant to do (create art) it just felt right. I fell so deeply in love with the art that I didn’t care what I might lose. I love expressing myself. I think we all should. That’s why I started doing events like the Artist Alliance and Bold Soul. The original idea was to give people a platform to feel the way I felt when I fell in love with art, for example, you (Sarita J.). You hosted your first event with me now you’re doing two and three. It’s so much growth from there. To say I was a part of your growth … that’s just Litt!
- Tell me about your first play, “Dark Sunshine.” What was your inspiration?
My first play was a love letter to my ex-girlfriend. We had broken up, and I had never thought about doing theater when I was with her. We went through a lot. We dedicated five to six years of our lives to that relationship, and I just had to express that in some way. I needed to do that in a way, many people would see it. I didn’t want to do a film because people don’t respect short films as they should, but I knew people would be more receptive to theater. Theater is an event where you have to be engaged, you have to sit down for its entirety and watch. So I said eff it I’m going to do a play.
- So Dark Sunshine was a love letter to your ex. Who was the inspiration beyond your newest play? (OPENING night September 26th!)
“The hand that was dealt” is a love letter to my brother. That play developed 100% because of him. At the time when the idea came to me, I was in a low place. I had just broken up with my girl, I moved out of my parents’ house at 18 and then was placed in a position where I had to go back there which was crazy because I hadn’t lived there since I was my brother’s age. So I had a conversation with him, and he expressed to me that he was going to do something that I didn’t agree with and that I felt wasn’t the best decision for him. I tried explaining to him that I had been there, I did the things he wanted to do, and it didn’t get me anywhere. He was not trying to hear that. It was an emotional moment for me because he was pretty much telling me he’s no longer the “little brother” he was going to do whatever he wanted; my role in his life had changed, and at the moment I just knew I had to write about this.
- You mentioned that you are often inspired to write based on events in your personal life but are any of the characters based on real people?
Yes, in some ways. The start or the birth of the plays usually come from my personal life. Once I begin to develop the characters, you will definitely see traits from people that I know. For example, in my first play, it was about a group of friends and their lives over ten years. I was able to draw from my friend’s experiences and people I encountered when I was in the stages that the characters were in; but that’s what I love about theater, so much of it is based on how the audience member interprets it.
- In April, you produced a play that I was fortunate enough to be able to attend. The actors and storyline where great but the concept was something so creative and something I had ever heard of before can you talk a little about that?
That play “Deaf and Dumb” was a 3D play, which is taking place in an actual set and not a built set. The setting is an apartment between the kitchen and the living room. So instead of going to a “Theater,” we hosted it in an apartment. The audience was able to sit in the set (in the living room) in the same place the actors were.
- As a producer, director-writer, event curator, and so many other things. What are some of your biggest struggles in bringing your art to life?
I am naturally loving and just want everyone to love and be happy, but the work it’s taking to put together this play is causing me to be a way I am naturally not. I’m a hippie at heart- but I cannot be a hippie and a CEO at least not at the same time. I’ve had to hire lots of people, but I have also had to fire a lot of people. It is so uncomfortable being me right now, but it is so rewarding. Growing is painful. I’m growing, but it hurts. I will say, I respect my mom so much more after doing this because it’s like having children. You have to deal with everyone’s feelings, emotions, and still respect their art. I try to let people know that I’m being tough and I’m doing this so when you go to work with someone else you won’t bring those bad habits.
- Both curating events and producing plays both take a lot of time how do you create a balance or choose which one will get more of your time?
I have to say a conversation I had with you (Sarita J.), and Nate made me really sit down and think which one of the two if I do correctly can I be the best at. It helped me realize that if I did the one I’m best at it would make it easier to do the other. I know that if I throw a lit party by Monday morning, I’m forgotten. But if I write something and it gets you intrigued, and it’s powerful and touches your life. The significance that, what that would mean to people, that’s powerful! With my resources, I know I can accomplish that. I will go back to events at some point, and theater will allow me to do that.
- What advice would you give to someone who is beginning to start their journey and want to accomplish things similar to what you have done?
If you’re going to do something, do something you’ll be the best in the world at. The things that I’m doing take everything in me, but I know if it hits…. NOBODY is on my level. Who else is doing what I’m doing? I’m in a league of my own, and I know I was born to do this. (This) To express myself and tell stories, to share with people what is in my head and watch them enjoy it. If you have that confidence and believe, you are genuinely going to be the best at whatever you’re doing, you have no choice but to reach some level of success.
- You are so driven and passionate and wear many capes, but every Superman has his Kryptonite. What’s yours?
That’s easy. Women.
- Is there anything you would change about the path you have chosen?
I went to school for economics, and I would never go back. If someone had introduced me to writing since I was a teenager, I would have been doing this with the rest of my life. I looked at the theater, as “that’s not my world” or “that’s rich-people stuff,” but once I learned that just writing a story could bring me success. My life was never the same. I have lost friends, many relationships. I have made so many sacrifices, but I’m going to continue dedicating my life to this. It’s such a risk, and that’s part of why my girl and I broke up. Our paths were growing in separate ways. The conventional person wants security and the direction I’m going into is an uncertain abyss, but I’m going through it with my heart. I will find a way because there is no other way for me. I love who I am today, and I would not trade myself for anyone else. I am right where I need to be.
Follow the link for tickets to Frank Bold’s upcoming play “The Hand That Was Dealt.”