Frank of BlackA native of Arizona, Frank T. Ziede began acting at a very young age. He attended the South Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix, a high school with a dedicated arts program where he focused on acting, singing and dancing. While attending SMCA Frank performed in stage plays such as THE DIVINERS, CYRANO DE BERGERAC and HAMLET. He also starred in the musicals GREASE and PIPPIN. During this time he was the host of the show VIDEO HIGH, which won a 1991-1992 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

Frank then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA. This prestigious school has alumni such as Robert Redford, Danny DeVito and Paul Rudd. At AADA Frank performed in plays such as GR POINT and BECOMING MEMORIES. After completing the two year program Frank continued living in Los Angeles where he continued working as an actor, and even began pursuing a career as a professional hip-hop dancer.

Frank’s dance career spanned for over 8 years, working with Celine Dion, Usher, Ginuwine, Svala, Universal Studios, Nickelodeon, Lands End, Oldsmobile, Fruit of the Loom, Bosch Tools, Reebok and many other. He has worked as a choreographer and has taught hip-hop dance in LA and Chicago. He also started his own dance company known as Common Ground which performed for Matrix hair products in shows across the country. He has worked with well-known choreographers including Rosaro and Jamal, Stevie Ray Anthony, as well as training with Wade Robson and many others.

After meeting his wife, Frank moved to Chicago, IL where he returned to acting as his primary focus. He began working as a tradeshow spokesperson for clients such as Sony, Intel, Dewar’s and Colgate. Frank has now established himself as a professional automotive facilitator and trainer, working for MINI, BMW, Honda, Acura, Smart, Nissan, Infiniti, Lexus and Toyota.Frank has recently formed his own production company called Power Forward Films. The name is derived from Frank’s unyielding belief that the key to success is doing. To quote Confucius: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Under the banner of PF2 Frank has written and directed numerous short film projects such as ROBBED, starring members of the Cook County Social Club (including Saturday Night Live cast member Tim Robinson). His most recent project is a joint venture with the team from p3mediaworks that is a digital web series called BLACK.

 

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