Interview – Puppeteer Matt Turner

I am very excited about this week’s guest on Questions To Inspire.    It is time for another puppeteer interview, this time with Matt Turner!

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Hey Matt, good afternoon!  Go ahead and tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I started puppeteering when I was three years old when I got Bert and Ernie puppets for Christmas. I did my first puppet show when I was nine for my sister’s third birthday. I then did shows for my church, middle and high school and more birthday parties. I then went to the University of Connecticut and majored in Puppetry. Now I work at Walt Disney World as a puppeteer.

What is your favorite part of doing puppet work?

I enjoy performing as different characters that I wouldn’t be able to do as a human. Also I enjoy the challenge of bringing an inanimate object to life.

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You have worked on the Disney Junior puppet show (before it closed) for how long?  What was your favorite part about that?

I performed in the show for six years. Some of my favorite things was being able to bring to life some iconic characters and meeting and performing with some great puppeteers.

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What advice would you give someone who wants to learn how to be a puppeteer?

I would say study puppeteers, try to take puppeteering workshops, talk to other puppeteers, and learn the basics of puppet building . Always be open to learning and growing as a performer.

And if you want to learn how to make puppets and learn how to puppeteer on camera you can always come to Beyond the Sock workshop http://www.beyondthesock.com.

What are you currently doing as a puppeteer?

Right now I’m performing in three different shows at Walt Disney World. I perform in The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History, The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and The Festival of the Lion King. I also do some outside of Disney puppeteering when I have time.

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What Muppet/Sesame Street character best describes you and why?

I think I am a mix of Kermit the Frog and Ernie. I think I am mild mannered and reserved like Kermit but when I feel like it I can be mischievous like Ernie.

Thanks Matt for taking the time to answer a few Questions To Inspire others and thanks everyone for reading Questions To Inspire and check out some of our other interviews!  See you next time!

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