He’s allowed me to do a lot outside of GH, and a lot of producers don’t. With one producer, I couldn’t even take vacations without saying something six months in advance. It’s cool that Frank’s like that, because I need to do other stuff while I do Sonny.
That "other stuff" not only includes film and TV, but motivational speaking about mental health. Benard noted:
Obviously, if something great comes along, I would do it. But my goal is to be a motivational speaker. I would love to put together a whole show on mental health — along the lines of what I do in State Of Mind [on Instagram] but with slides and guests.