An Interview with Frank Trigg

Tell us about your education. 

I went to Langston University on a football scholarship for my first semester of college. I then moved back to Illinois, attending Aurora University, attaining a  scholarship for Voice. I then attained a scholarship for Dance and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2017 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Communication, Media, and Theater.

What was your experience like in the military? 

My experience in the military was marked by overcoming adversity, triumph through the odds, and a discipline oriented path to self-improvement. I learned a lot about myself at that juncture of my life including leadership and tactfulness. I forged relationships with great people that are everlasting! My leadership development skills were further honed in the Army through the Warrior Leadership Course, an intensive training program highlighting land navigation, military customs and courtesies, tactical movements in urban and outdoor environments, advanced weapons training, and advanced combatives training. I have served in an Air Defense Unit, a Military Intelligence Unit, and a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Unit. I was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 2020.

What keeps you inspired to work in the education industry? 

Youth mentorship and providing support to underserved communities in Chicago inspired me to work in the education field. In addition to facilitating disciplinary operations and ensuring students adhere to the code of conduct, I inform them on tenets of Black history, Basic economy, Real estate, and entrepreneurship training. This work is pivotal in improving the landscape and providing opportunities in our underserved communities.

What type of acting workshop training have you experienced?

I have worked with Harold Dennis as recently as last week in an acting workshop. The material referenced included a monologue reading from a play that I was in in 2019 (“Honorably Diss-Charged” by Richard Gallion) We discussed different tactics for conveying the range of emotions for the character and how to effectively express them.

What’s your ideal role and why?

I would say my ideal role would be as a love interest or a character with a tendency towards motivation. I am widely varied in the types of roles that I would play, but portraying a love interest would be a first choice because of life events that would lend to displaying the types of emotions needed with fluidity.

What does success look like for you in the entertainment industry? 

Success looks like a varied portfolio and a body of work that is respected, honored, and referenced by many! In short, I love to inspire others.

Where would you like to see your career in the next five years?

In the next five years, I see my portfolio continuously growing and achieving more notable roles! I see my skill set exponentially improving in that timeframe. I would love to work with a variety of people in the industry to continue to improve that skill set and my overall profile.