What Is Acting? – My Subjective Opinion

We now live in a world where the majority of acting (and music for that matter or “insert here”) has been relegated to being solely a popularity contest. A recent article came out stating that Hollywood was now casting 7% based on talent and the rest based on “how popular you are” on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the like. Don’t get me wrong, the entertainment business has always been about money but before social media, you would have to admit that, for the most part, anyone who was big on TV, Film, Theater, Radio had to actually be talented and work their “craft” before they could be taken seriously. I mean, there were no Kardashians because there was no outlet for them. Music? forget it… you played your instruments, you sang your songs… people wrote “songs” with melodies and inspiring lyrics not “beats” with repetitive samples… We had Jimmy Hendrix and Billy Joel NOT Kanye West and Auto Tune… but I digress.

This blog is about acting. I’m so tired of hearing, “less is more”, “just be”, “don’t DO anything”, “throw the line away”, “just say what’s on the page”, “just listen and respond.” There can be no other art form that is taken less seriously than acting. I can’t think of one. I mean, painters and sculptors aren’t told to “just paint”…. singers (for the most part) aren’t told to “just sing the notes on the page”… dancers aren’t told to “don’t over do it.”

As an actor who has also taught the “craft,” or at least attempted to, over the course of fifteen years to various ages, I realize that only about 7-10% of actors are actually good at what they do and only 2% are actually great (and I might be exaggerating). However, it becomes increasingly infuriating to hear other instructors and actors talk in a manner that relegates what I studied the better part of my teens and twenties to “just learn the lines and listen.”  Would you all please give me a break?!? What happened to an actor preparing, creating a character and building a role? Where are you, Stanislavsky, Uta… anyone???



Nope. Let’s just take an hour a week class and a few crash weekend courses taught by a casting director and all call ourselves actors, shall we!?! Why not? I mean, I’m sure that’s what Meryl Streep did? Gary Oldman? Al Pacino? Daniel Day Lewis? Yup. That’s what they do… just learn those lines and listen like hell! Character choices? Being interesting? Unique? Larger than life? Nah… let’s all just be normal pedestrian people. Cuz that’s what I want to see when I go to the movies, theater and watch TV.  Just a bunch of normal people talking to each other in a normal way. Sign me up for that.

As a comic actor, I really want to play a bunch of fart jokes, witty repartee, pop culture references and work with people who think they’re funny just bounce around doing two hours of college humor. Perfect! Steve Martin? Peter Sellars? Martin Short? Who are they? That’s what they did, right?

Are any of the actors I mentioned, any less “real” because they make bold character choices? Are they “unbelievable” OR are there actually real people out there in our “normal” daily lives who are indeed larger than life, crazy, fascinating, different, bold, over the top? I have met a lot of people like that in my life. They have scared me, made me walk on the other side of the street, made me want to leave the room, annoyed me, made me angry because they were loud, opinionated, weird, maniacal, fantastical, physically awkward, unintelligible and more… BUT, they were ALL interesting and fascinating and sometimes, they were the only people that I wanted to talk to or hang with.

As an actor, that’s who I want to create! Yes, will they seem over the top at times? Of course. Doesn’t the weirdo who talks with a raspy voice, hunches over and talks to himself in the subway seem “over the top?”  However, to him, he’s as normal as you and I. He doesn’t know. To him, it’s all REALITY! I’m not speaking about having to “pretend” to be someone else? I’m talking about finding those big bold differences and finding them within YOU. Stretching yourself and your emotional boundaries, your vocal boundaries, your physical boundaries and embodying those characteristics to become this other being… that comes from within. To bring those characteristics to life in a truthful and believable way.

That’s who I want to give an audience when they pay $8.50-$150.00 to come and see me perform. I want to give them an interesting story told by interesting characters who are not normal everyday people. Why would I want to write or create normalcy?!? If we, as actors, want to be taken seriously and really make an impact with our work, make it memorable… we need to stop believing in, “just say it” and “just be” and actually come to the realization that, perhaps…  “I may not be where I need to be as an artist.”  Maybe I need to break down and get back to learning, practicing and expanding because, the hard part is not the “theory of everything” it’s the “execution of everything.”  It’s difficult to do what our great actors do… it’s draining and exhausting. But, it’s a responsibility that they gladly take up.

There’s a reason why our business is saturated with “actors.”  The reason is because the majority of what the lay person is watching IS easy. Anyone can do it. Anyone can memorize those lines and deliver a “normal” performance and look “pretty” and “handsome” doing it. A few of my recent projects were filled with it. If that’s all that we do, then yes, anyone that is intelligent, well spoken and put together can be an actor. There are so many of those. I won’t name names. However, there are not many of the ones that I mentioned prior. Think about it.

Even after 25 years of study and professional work. I’m still learning and growing as an actor and as a writer! BUT, I strive to create something memorable with every story that I tell. That’s all I ever want to do. I want to be the 2%. Otherwise, why do it? What’s the point?

So, if you disagree with my opinion or think I’m pretentious, that’s totally cool. But if you do agree, here’s hoping the person who disagrees gets out of the way for the rest of us so that perhaps, one day, the “craft of acting” is taken seriously.

Thanks for reading and I apologize if I offended anyone but, it is my blog, after all. 🙂

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Determination – The Story Of The Brooklyn Bridge

As Walt Before Mickey starts to hit theaters and as my new film, Brandini, takes shape, I see a common theme with both projects: determination. A willingness to never give up, no matter what the odds. Despite what others may tell you, despite what others may think, you can not take determination and desire for granted. Sometimes all you need is a little hope and faith.

In Walt Before Mickey, Rudy Ising (David Henrie) tells Friz Freleng (Taylor Gray) to “have some faith” when he decides to leave Walt Disney’s Laugh O Gram Studios due to lack of payment. In the end, of course, the only ones who do stick it out with Walt (Thomas Ian Nicholas) are his brother Roy (Jon Heder), Lillian (Kate Katzman), Edna (Natasha Sherritt) and Ub (Armando Gutierrez). Of course, the rest is history. Walt decided that he would never work for anyone else again. He wanted to be “his own boss” and that determination led to the creation of an empire.

In Brandini, Michael Brandini loses everything but decides, in the end, that his passion can not be stopped. He must see his passion through.

This reminded me of the story of the creation of the Roebling bridge which later became the Brooklyn Bridge.  In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling got inspired by an idea to connect New York to Long Island by building a spectacular bridge. All the expert engineers throughout the world thought that he was crazy and told him to abandon the project because it couldn’t be done.

However, Roebling could not abandon his dream and instead of forgetting the idea, he shared it with his son, Washington and the two set out to design the perfect bridge. They hired their crew and set off to fulfill their dream.

After only a few months of work, a tragic accident on the bridge took the life of John Roebling and injured his son Washington, who sustained brain damage leaving him unable to talk or walk. All of the world scoffed at them and told them, “I told you so.”

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge

In spite of this setback, Washington, still had a burning passion to finish that bridge. As he lay alone in his hospital bed, he realized that he could still move one finger. Using only that finger, he developed a code to communicate with his wife. By touching his wife’s arm and tapping out the code, he let her know that she needed to call the engineers again. Then, using that method of tapping on her arm, he told the engineers what to do to complete the bridge. This “tapping” went on for thirteen years until the bridge was finally completed.

Today, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a sign of one man’s determination, spirit and will to follow through with his passion. It also stands for faith; the faith of a son, the faith of a wife and the faith of countless men, in one man’s dream… a  man who was considered insane by most of the world.

There will always be people who tell you, “you’re crazy” and sometimes it will be you yourself who will be your worst enemy. Your mind can place doubts and fears in the way of accomplishing your dreams. But no matter how insurmountable the odds, the Brooklyn Bridge, is a testament to knowing that you can always get from point a to point b. Despite the distance that you may need to travel to get there, sheer determination can see you through.

Are you Brandini?

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Arts OR Entertainment

Friends (and, please… only those that have been DEDICATING their lives to being Actors, Singers, Musicians, Dancers, Painters, Directors, etc… for MORE THAN 15 years of their lives) I’m battling with a bit of an esoteric question(s) today. It’s something that’s been biting at me for years and years. It started the first day that I opened up a NY Times back in the early 90s and looked at the Arts & Entertainment section.

What role does the arts play in our world today? Not 10 years ago… but today. AND is Arts AND Entertainment the same thing today? Do they go hand in hand? It seems so. Has it always been like this? If so, then why didn’t my school have an Arts & Entertainment program instead of just an Arts program? Was Art always meant to be entertaining? Commercial? To be accepted by the masses? I mean, if I’m an artist regardless of who’s watching, then why is it so important that we all make a “living” at it and “entertain” people? And if we don’t, then we don’t have the “time” to truly be an artist, do we?



So, what is the true definition of art? It’s personal and subjective, right? Isn’t Transformers (with boobs and explosions) art to some people? Isn’t a Renoir just a bunch of gobble-dee-guk to some people? Is Mozart art… and Rihanna commercial crap? If it’s not entertaining, does it constitute as art in today’s world? If it can’t be sold in mass quantities, is it less than?

An even bigger question; Do people even care to be actual artists these days? I mean TRUE artists. Do they want to put in the time to study their craft for years and years? Seriously study it, hone it, master it? Or is it so much easier to take a few night classes or “workshops” to learn just enough to get by and then hope their pretty enough, handsome enough, funny enough, quirky enough, or commercially viable enough to call themselves an artist? Heck, as long as their entertaining someone and getting paid for it, they MUST be good at it, right???? American Idol, Youtube and the internet as a whole has proven ANYONE and ANYTHING can be entertainment.

So, what are we really doing? Striving to be true artists? or… Striving to be popular? Is there a need, anymore, for the first one? Do people care? Do people know the difference? Is there actually a difference?

Anyone care to comment?

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If there’s one thing that this crazy entertainment business teaches you is that there are no rules. It’s not the corporate world where there is a proverbial “ladder” that you can climb. In that world, you enter with training, you pay your dues, you climb up that ladder and before you know it, you’re in management, sometimes, even partnership or ownership.

No, the entertainment business is something quite different. There is no ladder, there’s no guaranteed road to travel, there’s no inevitable reward for paying your dues. For an actor, a job rarely means that you’ll get another one. As a matter of fact, unless you are in the lucky top two percent, a great resume still has you in a room or a pile with others twice your junior and with little to no experience at all. For a writer, unless you have a major commercial success under your belt, you could be writing in your room all alone for years. For a producer, lose money on a project and good luck finding the funding for your next one.

The only consistent things you can hold onto are positivity, a belief in yourself and a perseverance that won’t let you quit. Every other day may be a failure. The phone may not ring, the answer may be no and the project may not be yours. Your constantly compared to everyone else. Give me an actor who looks like him, sounds like her…. give me a writer who writes in the style of, in the genre of… give me a singer who sounds like, sings like… Wait, did their last project make money?

For a business that is built around ideas, often times, people are looking for the copycat, the piggyback on the success of, the thing that looks, feels, makes money like someone else. The sure thing. That’s the nature of the beast in the entertainment business. As we always say and hear, “that’s why they call it a “business.”

So, what do you, an artist who is looking to share your talents with the world, do? How can you make those talents earn you a living?  You have to stay creative. In order to do that, you can’t be afraid to keep learning, to keep growing, to keep expanding… learning from every success AND every failure. What can you improve and what can you enhance?

You also need to appreciate yourself. Your inner and outer voice. What makes you unique? What makes you different? What makes you special? Do you really want to be like everyone else? A homogenized and dumbed down, 5th grade reading level, version of who you are as an actor, dancer, singer, writer, musician? No!

In this business, all you have is you! You and your voice. You and your individuality! You and your uniqueness! You can’t forget why you decided to get into this profession in the first place. We are all of us, storytellers. Whether we act it, write it, sing it, dance it, produce it, direct it… we all, at one point or another, had something to say. The end will come when you have nothing else to say to the world or really don’t care if anyone is listening anymore.


As long as you still want to say something, then you still want to be a creative and that means that you’re still an artist. But, you can’t sit around waiting for someone else to let you be who you are. A garage band is still a band whether someone is listening or not. A painter is still a painter whether anyone ever sees or buys his/her work. A writer can and should write volumes even if no one is reading them. Like this blog, for instance! ahem…

If, at times, you can’t make a living at what you love on a full time basis, keep at it and let it be your solace when you finish that temporary day job. Keep honing your skills, keep growing as an artist… so that when that time does come, you can not only walk through that door but you can kick it in. Kick it in, turn around and rip it off the hinges.

Creativity can’t be stopped. If you feed it, it will constantly stay in motion. The only things that can stop creativity are fear (i.e. self doubt, worry, concern, judgment) and comparing yourself to others. Creativity has nothing to do with fame and fortune, with accolades, with status… it has to do with desire, passion and curiosity. Those elements have existed at every level of social class, gender, race and geographical location. Man, woman, child, rich, poor… we are all creative.

This world was built by and on creativity. We need it. It is all around us… technology, sports, science, agriculture. The world never stops creating and inventing things. We are all creative beings at our core but for those of us that have dedicated our lives to it and fostered it into adulthood, we can not let others put that fire out. We certainly can not let others dictate what kind of artist or creative being we can and should be. Be the artist you want to be. #Followyourpassion. #IAmBrandini




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Young Walt Disney – Walt Before Mickey

It has truly been an incredible opportunity for us to be a part of telling the story of such an American icon as Walt Disney. We’ve all grown up with the legend of The Walt Disney Company whether it be through the movies, television, theme parks, stuffed toys and the countless spin off companies today including sports and news.

Some of us who are a little older even grew up watching and seemingly knowing “Uncle Walt” as he appeared on television and sometimes film giving us little life lessons, tours of disney land, interviews etc.

However, most of us had never seen the beginnings of his life. Where did he come from? What was he like? How did he become the legend that we know today?

Walt & Ruth Disney

Walt & Ruth Disney

Walt’s family was from Ireland originally but immigrated to America living in parts of Canada and Chicago. His father was a part of the gold rush before he finally settled on that little farm in Marceline, Missouri. Of course, that only lasted for about four years and then the family picked up and left for Kansas City, where the Walt we know and love got his start. He was fascinated by animation. Of course, life also got in the way at times and his family needed money. So, Walt and Roy took up a paper route at very young ages and began to work early in the morning before school delivering papers and then again after school to right before supper. Often this left Walt dozing off in class due to the sheer exhaustion from having to keep those long hours.

Walt Disney in 1912

Walt Disney and his fellow Newsboys – 1912

Despite his lack of participation in class due to his busy “extra curricular” schedule, Walt still seemed to foster his love for drawing and kept his sights on his dream. In his teens, Walt’s family moved back to the big city of Chicago where his father had acquired shares in a company there.

While in high school, Walt became the cartoonist for the school newspaper and began taking night classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. He started to learn the latest techniques. Soon, however, the War came calling and Walt wanted to join, so he dropped out of school at sixteen to join the War. He was, of course, rejected for being underage but he and a friend ended up joining the ambulance corp and were shipped to France for a year.

When he returned, Walt moved back to Kansas City where he began his artistic career. He originally thought he’d become an actor but no one would hire him. He tried driving an ambulance but no one would hire him there either. Thanks to his brother, Roy, Walt was able to get a job at the Pesmen-Ruben studio and the rest, as they say, is history.

Young Walt Disney

Young Walt Disney – circa 1917

After a short stint at Penmen, Walt met Ub Iwerks and they formed a bond that would last right until the day that Walt passed away. This is really where the magic started and where Walt Before Mickey – the film, will take you; inside all of the failures and triumphs, the aches and pains, the love and hardships and eventual history that was to be made; the partnerships, the players and rising against the odds to realize a dream that was a young lifetime in the making.

Walt Before Mickey has had a similar journey.

From just a crazy idea, to gathering the right people, to adding an incredible amount of determination and know how, a lot of love and hard work, this movie made its own journey. A journey that will culminate in the opening on August 14th at AMC Theaters Downtown Disney itself. How fitting. We’ll also be at SilverSpot Cinemas in Coconut Creek and Bow Tie Cinemas up in the NY/NJ area.

I wonder if Walt, all those years back then, knew just how big his dream would become and that we would be telling stories about him all these years later. So many people affected. Such a worldly presence. A man and a company that means so much to so many. Mickey Mouse, Oswald The Rabbit, The Alice Comedy Series, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs… and on and on. Perhaps he knew what he was doing? Perhaps he knew what he was creating?

Walt-Disney - 1922

Walt Disney – 1922

The executive producers (Armando and Arthur), the cast, crew and production team definitely knew how special this opportunity was for all of us. We knew how important it would be to tell the best story possible and just like Walt, do it under financial constraints and adversity. Like Walt, we persevered and made it through to the finish line. It’s a feat that we are all extremely proud of.

Now, here’s hoping that all of you will go see it and feel the same way that we do about the film.

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.”

Dream big!

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Don’t forget, next up for us is Brandini – The Film, a story about a young man who sacrifices his family, his friends, his livelihood and love in order to follow his heart.

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My Birthday and Kanye West

Today was my 43rd birthday. I was overwhelmed with well wishes. Between FB messages and posts, phone calls, texts, emails, etc. over 600 people reached out to me. It was very humbling and I’m extremely appreciative of everything. I realize that there is nothing more important than having a loving family and great friends. I’m blessed to have both. Thank you all for making my birthday so great. I spent it auditioning for a lead role in a film, having lunch with my wife, getting a much needed massage and taking the family out for the best Fried Chicken in Palm Beach County.

As I reflect back on my past year, it’s been quite a ride. While I was 42, I got married, wrote 4 screenplays and a new musical, wrote loads of sketch comedy (with The Jove), performed in 15+ shows, had a role on a network TV show (Nashville), acted opposite Tom Cruise in a big budget hollywood movie, produced, wrote and hosted The Palm Beach International Film Festival award show, wrote and produced a corporate video (with Kvibe), appeared in two commercials, acted in two Web Series, saw one of my films get distribution and screenings (Walt Before Mickey) and got a VIP tour of The White House. This has certainly been quite a year indeed.

And yet, with all of that, even after 23 years in this crazy business, I remain very hungry and dissatisfied with my career. I realize that although I’ve had a packed year, I really haven’t accomplished anything too great. I know that there are people out there that are working harder than I do and having more success than me. I realize that I’ve got a long long way to go and I’m gearing up for the challenge. I know that there are a lot of things that I can work on to improve myself as an artist; an actor, a writer and producer. There are many people that I can learn from and I’m very excited for what this next year holds.

This brings me to the best birthday present that I could have gotten. A reminder that there is always someone around who will make you feel better about yourself while, at the same time, making you question your choice to be in the entertainment business altogether. The one and only, Kanye West. The man who just called himself “the greatest Rock and Roll Star of all time!”… that’s a direct quote. The man who thinks he’s as important to music as anyone that has ever lived. A man who thinks he’s everything to everyone. Kanye West! Well, a few weeks ago, a friend posted this video to his wall. At the time, I listened to it, I didn’t fully appreciate the comedic value. I re-listened to it last night and I just had to watch it again and again and post this for all of my friends to see. This is my thank you to you for all the wonderful birthday wishes. Please watch this and laugh as hard as you can.

I give you Kanye West, attempting to perform LIVE to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Watch as he “pretends” to know the words at the beginning, mouthing them with the crowd, then, LISTEN as he attempts to actually sing the first verse. It is outstanding. A true talent, never before seen. I would love for you to leave me your comments so that we can share in this moment together.

Watch it now and comment. PLEASE!

EDUCATE THE BLOCK – Official Announcement

Unemployment Line

As most of us know, there are many individuals in our communities who are unemployed and need work. However, they may not have the educational background for high profile jobs or the finances to be able to afford training in certain areas. There are also individuals who are looking to transition from their current desk jobs to other more interactive and creative fields and need to get a foot in the door. On the flip side, there are plenty of local businesses, offices and production companies looking for entry level skilled labor for their various businesses and productions but don’t have the time or money to train people on the job. Thanks to funding from state and government sources, individuals as well as local businesses have an opportunity to have both of their needs met.

Along with the cooperation of Hudson County, NJ and local area businesses in Jersey City, Khoa Le and I, are developing a PILOT program to be able to meet both the needs of these unemployed individuals as well as local business owners.

Today, we are introducing EDUCATE THE BLOCK – a government funded program which will provide training in Media, Business, Food Service and Hospitality which will then match trained individuals with employers in their local communities. Our goal is to partner up with local restaurant, hotel, bar, media production services and other businesses- in order to train and find jobs for these individuals.

The areas of study that will be covered:

– Writing For Business and Media
– Acting for Business and Sales
– Graphic Design
– Videography, Lighting, Photography and Photo Journalism
– Web Design and Social Media

– Bartending/Mixology
– Management/Host/Hostessing
– Waiter/Waitressing
– Line Cook/Food Prep

– Concierge
– Front Desk/Reception
– Housekeeping
– Food and Beverage Management

This program will begin August 1st by incorporating a select list of subjects from above as we begin to grow the program. Our goal will be to place as many individuals as we can in secure jobs that can pay a living wage.

In order to accomplish our goal, we will need individuals who are able to teach all of the above areas. Teaching wages will be very competitive and schedules will be consistent and flexible. There is no need for a degree to teach, merely professional experience in the areas. There is no grading, no exams, no paperwork. We just need dynamic individuals who can teach individuals from ages 20-55 with various personalities. We are going to be teaching basic entry level skills.

If you are someone looking for extra income and looking to do something that will make a huge difference in our world, please contact me directly with your interest and area(s) of expertise. Most teachers will teach one or two days per week (or more) and it will be ongoing. If you would like something more consistent, that is available as well. NYC peeps, please remember, this is only 4 stops on the PATH train to Jersey City. Very close to Train Stop.
Please contact me at Frank.Licari@Kvibe.com for more information and with your interest.

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Walt Visits The White House

Frank Visits The White House

I truly don’t have many “bucket list” items in my life. Why? Because I assume that I will get to everything I want to do and accomplish in due time. Despite my 43 year old birthday looming, I don’t feel any urgency to get things “in” or done because the proverbial time is slipping away. However, once in a while, life presents you with an opportunity to do something that you’ve never even thought about doing and yet welcome with open arms. I’ve been fortunate enough in the past four years to tour the world with a grammy winning musician (Jose Feliciano), act opposite some very well known movie stars (Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Cruise) and yesterday visit the most famous house in the country (if not the world).

Walt Before Mickey has been quite a journey filled with many ups and downs. An independent movie project is usually rife with pitfalls, challenges and problems. Walt was no different. However, this little film has also provided me the opportunity to meet some very cool and talented individuals including the gentleman that I’m working with pretty extensively these days, Khoa Le. It also provided me the opportunity to take a full tour of the East Wing of the White House, yesterday, and it was a blast.

The history contained within these walls is quite staggering and awe inspiring. You can feel that history, you can see that history and you become part of it by walking those halls. Famous pictures that you’ve only seen in the news or TV that documented momentous events in the makeup of this great country are all around. I not only got to see these rare pictures of JFK, Lincoln and even George Washington but I got to walk the halls where these great men (and many women) made declarations, enacted laws and struggled to keep this country afloat. It was quite eye opening.


JFK's Famous Pose

JFK’s Famous Pose

Abraham Lincoln and Frank Licari

Abraham Lincoln and Frank Licari

I felt so privileged to have this opportunity and be able to share it with some of the people that have become my good friends over the past almost two years. It’s amazing to look at the actual china that Ronald Reagan had dinner on or the glass that Jackie Kennedy drank from or the portrait that Grace Collidge had rendered of herself. The dining table that the current administration, The Obamas, have their meals on daily, was also accessible to us. We even got to see some of the paintings that Michelle picked to decorate the room prominently displayed. There was a wonderful walkway that you could look down through three separate doorways… at the end, George Washington, keeping a watchful eye over all of the proceedings.

Washington's China Set

Washington’s China Set

The furniture that was hundreds of years old, the silk covering on the walls, the Vermeil collection that is only second to the Vatican in its size and so so much more made this tour stunning. I saw a vintage Steinway piano that was custom made for the United States of America and heard the story of how Harry Truman initiated the renovation of the White House after his own piano collapsed through the 2nd floor. There were so many stories that I cannot possibly write about here. One cool tidbit is that we were rushed out of one room, down a hallway and into another room because Mrs. Obama was making her way from her office to a meeting. Although we didn’t get to meet her, it was very thrilling!

All in all, I’m very grateful for the opportunity and thank Adam Falkoff, Co-Executive Producer of Walt Before Mickey, for getting us the security clearance and the celebrity VIP treatment. I hope to do it again with my beautiful wife and son. Perhaps after our next movie? Many great things to look forward to in the future but I’m extremely happy and content with the present.

Feeling Presidential

Feeling Presidential

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Kind of Obama Looking?

Tom Cruise Is Cool.

Okay, so, for all you lay people that are not in the business and who may never have a chance to brush elbows with a Hollywood celebrity, let alone speak to them, allow me to put one myth to rest.

This past week, I had the pleasure to work with Tom Cruise (in a small supporting role and in one scene with him) on his latest film, Mena, which is directed by Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Swingers, Edge of Tomorrow and more). I have to tell you, for all the “questionable” press that Tom gets about Scientology, he is actually a very COOL guy. Besides being, arguably, the most successful actor of the last 30 years and someone that I grew up watching since the age of 10, he also happens to be a very hardworking, dedicated and down to earth individual.

First, let me say, that he keeps himself incredibly young and healthy looking. You would never know that he’s over 10 years older than me. Crazy! But, besides his looks, the guy was extremely gracious, personable and dedicated to the story and project. For those of us in the business, you know how rare it is for an actor who is that “BIG” to actually care about his supporting actors enough to actually give them an “eyeline” for closeups. Well, Tom insisted on standing right next to camera as we shot our closeups and not have his stand in do it. I was floored.

He and Doug also made the environment completely collaborative and respectful to all of us, taking our input and allowing us to improvise to get the right mood necessary for the scene. It was a refreshing change from some of the TV work I’ve done lately where the leads and directors were standoffish and made you feel irrelevant. Of course, none of them were even close to Cruise and Liman level and yet they treated you as if they walked on air and you were grounded. Not so with these two guys.

Lastly, no… Tom Cruise is NOT overly short. Sure he was wearing boots but the dude is easily 5’9″ if not 5’10″… NOT 5’7″ as everyone says… When we spoke, we stood eye to eye and I’m 5’10″… Regardless, his welcoming and collaborative attitude makes him six feet tall in my book.

Although you’ll never read this, guys, thanks for restoring my faith in the “business.” I can assure you that I will pass on that example should I ever get to that level myself. Look forward to seeing this film come out in 2017. Please follow me at Frank Licari. Thanks everyone.

Doug Liman and Tom Cruise

Walt Before Mickey Premiere A Rousing Success

The Audience was packed, standing room only!

The Audience was packed, standing room only!

Well, after 18 months of waiting, Walt Before Mickey, finally had it’s premiere festival release at The SkyWay International Film Festival on Friday June 12th. It was a rousing success. The film was extremely well received and we got so much great feedback from industry professionals and theatre goers alike. They couldn’t believe the film that we were able to produce under such a low budget. Yes, indeed! We made a film for $500k and made it look like $7 million.

The only way that you can do that is with a dedicated team and a willingness to work overtime in order to make something work. Well, we had both. We had a dedicated crew who believed in our director, Khoa Le, and production team as well as the special subject matter that we were tackling. Yes, we had a great responsibility to tell a very important story about a very important individual, Walt Disney himself. That’s what made us all work diligently to make sure that we captured every little ounce of that era that we could. I think we did him justice.

Thomas Ian Nicholas did an outstanding job as Walt and there were some very great supporting performances as well. Namely Jodie Sweetin, who did a great job as Charlotte Disney. Here is an article of our opening night premiere, highlighting her appearance at the Skyway International Film Festival.

We also had plenty of other well known actors in it, like Jon Heder, David Henrie, Hunter Gomez, Taylor Gray, Conor Dubin and Ayla Kell. Not to mention my beautiful and talented wife, Natasha Sherritt and, of course, me, Frank Licari as the villain. It was a fantastic cast. Shout out to Executive producers Armando Gutierrez and Arthur Bernstein for having the initial vision to recognize that this story needed to be told and giving us all an opportunity to work on such a great project.

A special shout out to Joe Stone and Jay Weber for doing such a great job in Art Direction and to Beverly Safer for doing an outstanding job on costuming. Amazing talent!

There is so much more excitement to come. Khoa and I are already in the midst of searching for investors for our next project, which I wrote, entitled Brandini. It’s going to be a beautifully inspirational story about music, love, family, determination, hope and passion. I can’t wait to start pre-production.

Don’t forget to visit www.Kvibe.com/walt-before-mickey and www.Kvibe.com/BrandiniFilm for all of the information on our current and future project.

Natasha Sherritt Licari, Frank Licari, Jodie Sweetin, Lauren Young, Nancy Hong, Lee Broda

Natasha Sherritt Licari, Frank Licari, Jodie Sweetin, Lauren Young, Nancy Hong Nuong, Lee Broda