Eric and Sandy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Salt Lake City, USA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

ERIC AND SANDY JENSEN

Owners
Off Broadway Theater

“If you’re happy to wake up in the morning and go do your job, it doesn’t become a job...it becomes your life.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Beliefs & Faith Character Choices Confidence Courage Culture Desire Experience Exploration Family Fulfillment Hard Work Individualism Money & Financial Security Passion Pressure Pride Risk Success Struggle Fear Talent Societal Pressures Support & Encouragement Dedication Transitions Doubt Failure

FOUNDATION:

Helping People Being Creative

TAGS:

challenges, changing lives emotionally, changing your mind, comedy, comfort, different, enjoy what you're doing, enrichment, happiness, improv, learning, make a wish foundation, make it or break it, making a difference, overwhelming, perception, physical appearance, theater, tradition, where the money is

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Sandy had a strict upbringing where she was supposed to be seen, not heard; people were constantly telling her to speak up.
  • Her husband taught her that when she was being silly, rather than prim or proper, she lost all her fears.
  • When Eric was three years old, he told his mom he wanted to be a comedian.
  • Eric thinks many people really know what they want to do, “but they don’t have the courage to really follow it.”
  • Eric says there is constant self-doubt in his profession: when doing improv, sometimes you step out on stage, have no idea what to say.
  • Met when they were both studying theater at the University of Utah.
  • Opened their own comic theater, which produces plays, musicals and improv events.
  • Eric says “you have to have a little bit of fear in life to push you away from the edge when there’s danger,” but most “failures” are only mildly humiliating, not dangerous.

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