Join Ze Frank for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding audience interaction, part of Creative Inspirations: Ze Frank, Comedic Digital Savant.
(Music playing.) I will sometimes refer to my audience as if it's a singular thing, but of course it isn't. I mean certainly there is no unified body. There's a huge variety of personalities and intentions and all sorts of things. But in some way, there is a part of me that wants to think of it that way, that wants to think of an audience a particular way and gets angry at the audience.
It doesn't get angry at individuals, but it sort of feels like I am having a conversation with someone. But these different personas poke their head out usually while I am crafting a response to something or right at the final stages of making a piece. And it's not like I give the entire audience a personality, but I bounce around in my mind how these different kind of, I don't know, representatives of the audience.
Let's say that there's almost like a little jury in my mind and there is the person who absolutely adores whatever I do regardless, and that person I don't have very much time for just because I don't trust them inherently. I feel like they must be wrong. They must be terribly misguided in some way. And then there are of course the people that say that they just absolutely hate everything that I do, but they seem to always be there. So I have a very special relationship with that sort of person, because I am actually kind of aligned with that kind of a person.
Because secretly that's sort of like all my insecurities that keep on cropping up throughout my life, but for some reason I keep doing this work. Yeah, so I think there's kind of like a host of personalities and I think that the challenge is to not allow those voices to dominate and to be very aware that they exist and where they come from and really allow the actual interactions with the audience to dictate how the work proceeds and how your actual reaction is going to be.