Jo's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Adelaide, South Australia AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

JO TURNER

Actor/Director

“Don't be afraid to make choices—choices bring you clarity.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Experience Exploration Family Instincts Passion

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

acting, business, improv, making decisions, obstacles, parents, safe path, theater, trust your instincts

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Went to university to please his parents.
  • Got an arts-commerce degree, but focused on theater the whole time he was there.
  • Improvisation taught him “don’t think—just do things.”
  • Believes that instinctively, you know what you want to do, but it takes time to “own” it and work towards it.
  • Finished university and knew he wanted to be an actor, but he spent a year being indecisive before he actualized his dream, went to acting school.
  • In acting school, he tried very hard to get things right, do things well.
  • Finally, a teacher told him, “it’s boring to be ‘good’—said it’s okay to be brilliant or terrible, as long as you’re taking a risk.
  • Says the only way that you can have a remarkable life is by making remarkable choices, not safe choices.

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